Born Shane Donte Mosley on September 7, 1971 in Lynwood, CA. Fighting out of Pomona, CA, Mosley amassed over 200 amateur wins before turning pro in 1993 and was the talk of the Southern California fight scene as he marched toward title contention.
In 1997, he defeated Philip Holiday (W 12) for the IBF lightweight championship and a dominant string of eight successful defenses followed, each coming by kayo, including wins over John John Molina (TKO 8), James Leija (TKO 9) and Golden Johnson (KO 7). In 2000, he defeated Oscar De La Hoya for the WBC welterweight title and defended three times before losing the title to Vernon Forrest in 2002. He ventured to the junior middleweight division and became three-division champion by again defeating De La Hoya, this time for the WBC/WBA 154-pound titles. After losing back to back title fights to Winky Wright, he scored a pair of wins over Fernando Vargas (TKO 10, TKO 6) before beating Luis Collazo (W 12) for the interim WBC welterweight title in 2007. He stopped Ricardo Mayorga (KO 12) before stopping Antonio Margarito (TKO 9) for the WBA “super” world welterweight title in 2009. Before hanging up the gloves in 2012, he drew with Sergio Mora and lost decisions to Floyd Mayweather Jr., Manny Pacquiao and Canelo Alvarez. Mosley’s pro record is 49-10-1, 41 KOs.
During his prime, Mosley was widely considered the top pound-for-pound fighter and electrified fight fans with a dazzling combination of speed and power.
Born: Sept. 7, 1971