Richard Schaefer told ESPN’s Dan Rafael that the decision came down to money on Malignaggi’s end and not Mosley’s.
“The fight is dead in the water. At the end of the day, the financial package was not attractive enough for Paulie to take the fight, and that is his right.”
Let’s read between the lines here, though.
Malignaggi never seemed thrilled with the idea of facing Mosley, likely knowing the public backlash that would come along with fighting a man faded beyond belief. If he was going to have to do that, he’d probably want handsome compensation to do so. Why not ask for a massive sum, and make them match it?
What Paulie really wants seems to be a fight with Marcos Maidana, but Schaefer doesn’t seem too thrilled about the prospect of that fight as a headliner in Brooklyn.
“If I’m going to do Malignaggi-Maidana, I wouldn’t want to take the risk at the Barclays Center,” Schaefer said. “I’m probably going to do a fight for Paulie (April 27), but I don’t see many other headline fights for him at Barclays. Do I think Malignaggi-Maidana is a good fight? I do, but I am not sure that’s the main event at the Barclays Center, a big, big arena. I don’t want to put that fight in a huge venue.
What we do know is that Paulie will fight on April 27, but not against who.
Now, what we all want to know: Who will the rejuventated, hungry and dangerous 41-year old Shane Mosley fight next?!
Wouldn’t you want to see Devon Alexander vs. Shane Mosley?
Of course you wouldn’t. But Alexander’s trainer and manager Kevin Cunningham spoke to RingTV.com this week and revealed that unlike you, he’d love to see his fighter get in there with Sugar Shane.
“Shane Mosley has done a whole lot for this sport, and, me personally, I think that he still has something left. And if he thinks that he still has something left, then he should get the opportunity — especially when I see guys like Ricky Hatton coming out of retirement, and Erik Morales coming out of retirement and getting opportunities,” said Cunningham.
“Why not Shane? Furthermore, if things don’t work out, and Paulie winds up not giving Shane the opportunity, then once Devon takes care of this tough mandatory in Kell Brook, we would love to oblige Shane with a shot at Devon’s IBF title. We would like to extend an invitation to Shane to come on out to Detroit on Feb. 23 and to sit at ringside for our fight.”
Once again, it’s Mosley’s right to do whatever he wants as a professional and as a human being. His financial situation has been made rather public, and certainly boxing seems like the best option for him to stay afloat.
But if all were right in this world, Mosley would be right where Cunningham is initially inviting him to be: Ringside, not in the ring.