Sunday, January 25, 2009
After Antonio Margarito took it to Miguel Cotto late last year, many of us who had watched that fight thought that the Tijuana Toronado would step up to be the man to beat in the welterweight division, and considering the thought of a Margarito/Floyd Mayweather, Jr. match. Sugar Shane Mosley was an afterthought, more or less.
But starting with Mosely's trainer catching an illegal substance being used in Margarito's tape wrapping, the whole night did not bode well for Margarito. Mosley owned all 8 full rounds of the fight, and it was probably an ill-advised decision by Margarito's corner to send him out for the 9th round -- he was promptly KO'd.
We'll be interested in finding out what that "plaster-like substance" was in the wraps, and now, there's a landscape at the division littered with great possibilities for Mosley next as he hopes for another shot at Cotto (whom he lost to two fights ago) and may be seeing a date with a "retired" Mayweather (I hope, I hope, I hope).