‘Sugar’ Shane Mosley’s advice: ‘Go for the knockout. That’s something my dad always told me.’
On his way into the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame, the iconic boxer talks De La Hoya, visiting Africa and ‘Family Feud’
For 24 years, “Sugar” Shane Mosley poured every fiber of his being into his boxing career — and walked away from the game having won 41 of his 61 contests by knockout. For his dedication and hard achievement, this weekend the 46-year-old will be inducted into the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame. Besides training with Jake Paul and making all kinds of opinionated appearances, Mosley has found new ways to expend the energy he used to put into bouts with the likes of Floyd Mayweather Jr., Manny Pacquiao and Oscar De La Hoya. The Undefeated recently caught up with Sugar.
Why do you love boxing?
Because it’s a one-on-one sport. You can’t blame anybody else for your mistakes. If you make a mistake, you have to learn from it and be able to overcome and change the mistakes you made. I think that that’s one thing I loved in boxing.
How would you describe yourself, as a boxer, to someone who has no idea who you are?
I was one of those boxers that fought anybody and lived up to the challenge. I wanted respect in the ring — and sometimes [fought] for the money, or different things. But I fought for respect.
What’s something that you love about yourself as a boxer?
I love that I was the type of fighter that could knock people out. And I didn’t give up, didn’t quit. In the ring, I gave everybody a chance to fight for the work. Some people skip and jump around until it’s the right time to fight a fighter. But me, if you felt you were the best and I thought I was the best, then let’s do it. That’s a true warrior.
What’s something you do before any big moment? What will get you in a good headspace ahead of your Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame induction?
I’ll probably do some tantra or a little bit of meditation to get my thoughts together on what I want to say. Sometimes, I’ll do a little shadowboxing and hit the bags and meditate. I’ll run the beach.
What’s the best advice you ever received?
‘Go for the knockout.’ That’s something my dad always told me.
When did you realize you were famous?
That’s a trick question. I think that I knew that I was really famous, worldwide, when they shut down Staples Center when I fought Oscar [De La Hoya] in 2000.
What solidified your stardom?
I think people were coming to me even before I fought Oscar, like Denzel Washington and Jack Nicholson. Rappers started putting me in their songs and things like that.
What’s a social cause you’ll always fight for?
Domestic violence. There’s a charity we attend every year, Face Forward … that’s something I’m interested in. … Me and my girlfriend … just started getting involved in this work.
What’s a place you’ve been wanting to visit?
Africa. I’ve been to pretty much all the other countries [and continents] except for Africa. South Africa and Egypt, I’m dying to go see the culture.
What’s your favorite place to get food late at night?
It used to be this place called Good Neighbor in Venice Beach.
Favorite food to indulge in?
I really love chocolate chip cookies. Chocolate chip cookies with vanilla ice cream, and hot cookies that are coming out of the oven.
What’s a guilty pleasure of yours that nobody knows about?
I like to do tantra. It’s a spiritual, sexual thing.
Who is your favorite superhero?
My recent favorite movie, and favorite superhero, is the Black Panther.
Name one thing you hate that everybody else around you seems to love?
I think one thing that I really hate is being flashy and flaunting the amount of money I have. That’s not really my thing.
Do you have a favorite TV show?
You know what, I really don’t have a favorite TV show, but I love watching Steve Harvey on Family Feud. I watch it almost every day.