Exit The Winter Soldier

Kenneth RagpalaCorrespondent IJune 23, 2009

LAS VEGAS - DECEMBER 05:  Boxer/promoter Shane Mosley attends the weigh-in for the Oscar De La Hoya and Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines welterweight fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena December 5, 2008 in Las Vegas, Nevada. De La Hoya fights Pacquiao December 6th.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

No, it’s not about the hero from the comics. It’s about a boxer who is in the twilight of his career and how he will not top it all off in a grand, spectacular fashion.

To borrow a line from the Rocky Balboa movie, “every fighter has one great fight left in him.” Shane Mosley’s last one great fight is with Manny Pacquiao, hands down.

The fight is so obvious that it seems it has been written in stone, until some promoter decided to cover it with cement and replaced it with a “Pacquiao-Cotto” ruckus.

No doubt a fight with Cotto will be competitive. But if you’re talking about a fight of near epic proportions, it has to be Shane Mosley and Manny Pacquiao meeting in the squared circle, not Miguel Cotto nor Floyd Mayweather, Jr., nor Juan Manuel Marquez.

Now that Pacquiao-Cotto is nearly a done deal, but the Winter Soldier has nothing left to do, no more to face, except relish his last win over a cheat who would have used rock-hard wraps against him if not for the watchful eye of his trainer.

But is this what most fight fans want?

Arguably, there are lots of boxing fans out there clamoring for Pacquiao to pick Cotto, declaring that Mosley is the best fight for the Pacman. Roach has said once Mosley is a hard fight for Pac, should they meet, and that he does not want his ward to be in any more wars.

Does a Pacquiao-Mosley fight have what it takes to become another war? Debatably, yes.

But the sad reality is that we will never know, as chances for a fight between Pacquiao and Mosley dims as another day passes. Sugar is pushing 38 and Pacman will run for a political position in his native Philippines in early 2010.

If that’s the case, then Mosley is very much on his way into the sunset, with one more great fight left unfought.