Despite leaving too late and tarnishing his legacy, Shane Mosley was a great boxer

Shane Mosley twice overcame Oscar De La Hoya.

After being manhandled by Mexican superstar and WBC light middleweight titlist Saul “Canelo” Alvarez on Cinco de Mayo, shopworn former three-division champion “Sugar” Shane Mosley mercifully announced his retirement on Monday afternoon.

Mosley (46-8-1-1-, 39 KOs), an admitted abuser of performance enhancing drugs who went a miserable 2-4-1 in his final seven bouts, will probably be a future International Boxing Hall of Fame inductee.

“Good morning everybody. Just want to thank you for showing me so much love,” tweeted Mosley, 40, who finished prizefighting more spent than an 80-year-old lady of the night. “Had a great career and loved every moment of it, win, lose or draw.”

Despite tarnishing his legacy by leaving the sport too late, Mosley fearlessly threw fists with all competitors and was never rendered unconscious during his 19-year career as a professional pugilist.

“I hope they remember me as a great fighter, a great person and somebody that cares about boxing,” Mosley said. “I hope they remember that I loved to fight. It’s been fun.”

Roger “Pit” Perron is a venerable boxing trainer from Brockton (Mass.) who now works with Mike and Rich Cappiello at their gym, Cappiello Brothers Boxing and Training.

Perron was a fan of Mosley and he contends “Sugar Shane” will be missed in the squared circle.

“Mosley was a tough guy,” said Perron, 75, who helped work with Marvelous Marvin Hagler in the 1980s. “He had quick hands, he pressed fights, and he was a legit welterweight who fought real champions.”

Granted, Mosley took lumps and made maddening mistakes both inside and outside of the ring.

Nevertheless, “Sugar” Shane Mosley deserves to ultimately be recalled “as a great fighter, a great person and somebody that cares about boxing.”

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