Las Vegas, NV (BoxingGurus.com) – "Sugar" Shane Mosley (38-2-0-1, 35 KO) was hoping to look spectacular tonight, coming off two consecutive losses and moving up to a new division, but not everything went as planned.
In the 3rd round, veteran southpaw Raul Marquez (34-2-0-1, 23 KO) suffered a bad cut over each eye, leading to referee Kenny Bayless calling a halt to the fight, with boos ringing over the crowd at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, NV.
"The doctor stopped it...I wanted to keep going," said Marquez. "I was very surprised of Shane's speed, (it) was not what I thought it would be." Hinting that Shane's speed was not as blazing fast as some might think.
Mosley clearly won the first two rounds, continually digging to the body, but the with the fighters opposite styles, it led to head clashes and many clinches throughout the fight.
"I was breaking him down with the body shots," said Mosley. "He was just about ready to go."
Mosley was hoping to look good to get the pending offer from Oscar De la Hoya upped more, but now the rematch might not take place unless De La Hoya takes a pay cut.
"I was told there was $20 million in the pot," said a frustrated Mosley. "If De La Hoya is getting $12 (million) and they want me to have $4 (million), then where is the other $4 (million)."
Mosley seemed contempt to not fight De La Hoya and continue working his way through the ranks at Junior Middleweight and earning "good money". Mosley earned $1.3 million for taking on Marquez, while Marquez received $270,000.
"I'm the last guy to beat De La Hoya," said Mosley. "At least be generous, be a little courteous and don't be so rude about offering me chump change."
In the main undercard bout, Antonio Margarito (28-3-0-1, 19 KO) quickly defended his WBO Welterweight title by stopping Andrew "Six Heads" Lewis (22-2-1-1, 20 KO) at 2:31 of the 2nd round. Margarito lost the first round to the southpaw Lewis, but Margarito must of seen something that let him open up in the 2nd round landing a clean right uppercut followed by a HUGE right hook leading to seventeen unanswered punches forcing referee Joe Cortez to step in and stop the fight. Lewis, the former WBA Welterweight champ, never went down to the canvas, but was defenseless, hanging on the ropes. Now, Margarito is looking to plan a unification bout with Ricardo Mayorga who recently KO'd division champ Vernon Forrest. "We need to make that fight with Mayorga," said Margarito.