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SHANE MOSLEY ON DECISION NOT TO SPAR WITH CANELO: "I DIDN'T WANT TO BE IN THE MIDDLE"

By Ben Thompson | September 03, 2013
SHANE MOSLEY ON DECISION NOT TO SPAR WITH CANELO:

"It's bullshit," stated three-division world champion "Sugar" Shane Mosley, who took offense to recent comments made during the latest episode of All Access: Mayweather vs. Canelo. During a segment of the show, Canelo's trainer, Chepo Reynoso, asks Mosley to spar with the undefeated jr. middleweight champion, who set up training camp at Mosley's gym in Big Bear, California. After Mosley declines the offer, the narrator explains, "Mosley's hesitation is unsurprising, particularly given the 12 rounds of punishment he has previously suffered at Canelo's hands." Mosley, however, begs to differ. Not only does he have an entirely different reason for not sparring with Canelo, but he also has a totally different recollection of their 12-round encounter inside the ring.

"The reason for me not sparring with him is because I wanted Floyd and Canelo to do their own thing and I didn't want to be in the middle of it where it's like, 'Oh, Shane's always sparring against me trying to get somebody to beat me.' I'm not trying to do that. I would rather be the one to beat Floyd than anyone else (laughing). But I want them to do their own thing and let them get it on," Mosley explained, making it clear that he simply preferred to stay neutral when it comes to the September 14 showdown between Alvarez and Mayweather. "He [Canelo] asked to use my gym; he's a great fighter and I respect him, so he can come and use my gym. I'm not an enemy of Canelo. I don't hate Canelo. If he wants to use the gym, come and use the gym and I'll keep it private like he wants it and everything; there will be no discussions and you guys have a great fight. I'll be ringside and I just want to see a great fight."

As far as the comment about taking a beating is concerned, Mosley believes the statement is not an accurate representation of the fight he had with Canelo. "It was a good fight. I was just getting my tools back. You know, I was injured for a couple of other fights. Fighting Canelo, I wasn't injured or anything, but I was just getting my rhythm and timing back. If you noticed, I was landing jabs, but I couldn't throw the right hand fast enough because he was countering with the left hook and right hand. That was because I wasn't all the way back there yet and I was fighting out of my weight class at 154," Mosley continued. "I was bigger and I still didn't have my legs all the way back. Plus Canelo is a good fighter; he fights real good for a young guy, he's a world champion, and he's very talented, but taking a beating? No, I didn't take a beating. I was touching him, he was touching me, and we were fighting."

"They were saying, 'Oh, he has older legs.' Yeah, you can say they were older legs because he has younger legs, but no, my legs just weren't back yet. And he was moving. A lot of times, he doesn't move like that, but he was moving in my fight. He was moving around the ring and boxing; he wasn't really attacking like he normally does with all the other fighters, so evidently he respected my power and respected me as a fighter not to really try to attack," Mosley added. "He was being very careful in that fight because he knew I had power. That says a lot about me too as well, but I'm not going to take nothing away from Canelo by saying he's not that good or whatever. He's a good fighter, but taking a beating? That's taking it a little too far. That's definitely not the reason for me not sparring with him."

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