MANILA, Philippines – Former world champion “Sugar” Shane Mosley is coming out of retirement to challenge World Boxing Association welterweight champion Paulie Malignaggi on April 27 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
Mosley announced his retirement in June 2012 after having lost his final two fights. He last won in January 2009 against Antonio Margarito.
But according to Dan Rafael of ESPN, Mosley has decided to "un-retire" and will be facing Malignaggi in what will be his first fight since May 2012.
“On my end, it’s a go,” Mosley told ESPN.
Golden Boy chief executive Richard Schaefer told Rafael that Mosley met with him in early December.
"(He) said he wanted to come back for an opportunity to win a world title again, that he feels ready, that he can beat Malignaggi and see if we could give him the opportunity,” Schaefer said.
“I looked him in his eyes and told him he cannot make a lot of money and that a lot of people question whether he should fight. But I told him I will do what I can to give him the opportunity, and that it would be up to him to prove that he has what it takes to be world champion again,” he added.
The fight will be held in Malignaggi’s hometown.
“Fighting Paulie is a great opportunity.... Paulie is a mover, but he’s durable. A lot of people underestimate him and they lose,” Mosley said. “I can’t afford to underestimate him.”
Mosley said he has heard the critics who question his return but said that “there’s not much to say to the critics.”
“Say what you say. I’m just thankful and grateful I have the opportunity to get in the ring and fight for a world title again,” he said.
Prior to his retirement, the 41-year-old Mosley won world titles at lightweight, welterweight and light middleweight. He has a record of 46 wins (39 knockouts) with eight losses, one draw and one no contest.