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Shane Mosley fighting on, DiBella makes Sergio Martinez pitch

Shane Mosley isn't ready to hang up the gloves just yet, and he could get a shot at the middleweight champion of the world. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Shane Mosley isn't ready to hang up the gloves just yet, and he could get a shot at the middleweight champion of the world. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

According to Rick Reeno of BoxingScene.com, not only will Sugar Shane Mosley be fighting on, but he could get a crack at the world middleweight championship.

BoxingScene.com says that promoter Lou DiBella has made a "serious offer" to Mosley and Golden Boy Promotions for a fight between middleweight champion Sergio Martinez and Mosley. Golden Boy is said to be looking at a possible fight between Mosley and Sergio Mora, the former junior middleweight titlist. That bout has a target date of September 18 in Los Angeles.

DiBella would want to do Martinez-Mosley at a catchweight of 155 pounds. Mosley has fought at 154 several times in his career, going 4-2 with three knockouts, plus a no-contest against Raul Marquez. He has never looked quite as good at 154 as he has at 147, but at 38, the strain of making the welterweight limit might be a hassle. Plus, there really isn't much out there in the welterweight division.

Mosley (46-6, 39 KO) would in effect be taking one final big-time risk against Martinez, a tall, lengthy southpaw with speed, solid power, and serious craftiness. Martinez (45-2-2, 24 KO) is as hot as they get past Mayweather and Pacquiao right now, and he and DiBella seem to be without ego. Reeno reports that they have no problem taking a smaller share of the split against Mosley, and given that Martinez-Mosley would be a bigger money fight than Mosley-Mora, that could sweeten the deal.

I like the Martinez-Mosley fight, personally. I'd favor Martinez, but Shane's a lot more versatile than Kelly Pavlik or Kermit Cintron, and I dare say Shane's still more crafty than Paul Williams, whose bad habits were all over the great fight with Sergio last December.

Do you think Mosley would have a shot in this fight? I honestly do. Not a great shot, but a shot. It'd be remarkable if he added the middleweight championship to his career, and given that Mosley has rebounded well from losses in the past, I just can't count him out.

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