Quick Stats: Shane Mosley WBA Welterweight Champ
Daily Driver: 2007 Cadillac Escalade EXT (Shane's rating: 10 on a scale of 1 to 10)
Other car: 2006 Hummer H3 (rating: 6)
Favorite road trip: California to New York
Car he learned to drive in: old Volkswagen Beetle
First car bought: 1985 BMW 735i
With Andre Berto's sudden withdrawal from the Jan. 30 welterweight unification fight against WBA Welterweight Champ "Sugar" Shane Mosley, due to the earthquake in Haiti, the buzz now has turned to a much bigger fight for Mosley -- a possible matchup against Floyd Mayweather Jr.
The fight would be a first for the two, who've never fought each other. Mosley is undoubtedly a fearless opponent, going back to his amateur days and later during his first big fight against Oscar De La Hoya, beating the "Golden Boy" for the WBC Welterweight championship.
On the phone from his training camp in Big Bear, California, a rather soft-spoken Mosley explains that he's always been driven, even as a kid. "I was doing a lot of things at a very young age, I started boxing at eight and then I won the state championships and regionals at the age of 10 and 11."
His innate competitive streak translated to other areas of his life. Born in Lynwood, California, Mosley grew up in Pomona, right off the 10 freeway. Fueled by sibling rivalry, he wanted to learn how to drive his parents' old Volkswagen Beetle when he was just 10 years old.
"I learned how to drive in a stick shift Beetle. It was my parents' car but then it was given to me. That was my first car. I was driving pretty early," he chuckles. "I had older sisters, so because they got their cars and they were driving, I had to learn how to drive. I was one of those kids that was very competitive and if somebody else could do it, then I could do it too."
Mosley's dad taught him how to drive by taking him to empty parking lots on weekends. "We'd drive around the parking lot and usually when my father would drive, he let me shift the gears," he says. "That's how I learned -- throw to first, press the clutch, throw to second, then press the gas again, press the clutch." The lime green Beetle later became Mosley's high school car.
First car bought
After the Beetle, Mosley then went on to a slew of hand-me-down cars. "I had a lot of different cars when I was coming up -- a Ford Escort, an Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme, a BMW 325i convertible, I would get cars here and there. I had a Dodge Colt. My grandparents gave that to me."
When Mosley was about to turn pro in 1993, he got a signing bonus of $20,000. In a poignant gesture, the first thing he did was buy his dad a car.
"When I got my first bonus I bought my father a brand new car and I bought a used car for myself," Mosley says. "I bought my father a 1992 Thunderbird -- it was $12,000. It was his first brand new car. I got myself a used 1985 BMW 735i."
An emblem of his foray into the professional world of boxing, the old BMW is the only one of his old cars that Mosley still keeps. These days, it's mostly driven by his son Shane Jr. "I fixed it all up, because I like to drive it around every once in a while," he says of the 735i.
"I thought it had a lot of power and it as very smooth," Mosley continues. "It was different from the Ford and even the Cutlass. The Cutlass was nice, too. I fixed that up a little bit. But it just had a nice, smooth ride, and fast. I liked it."
What was that moment like for Mosley to be able to buy his dad the new Ford Thunderbird? "That was a nice experience because that was the first brand new car that he ever got in his life," Mosley recalls. "And I was able to grant his wish. I love him and he loves me. It was just that special bond that we have for each other. I said, 'Well, you never got a new car, here's your new car.' I knew I was going to get me one sooner or later, so I wasn't worried. I just knew someday I was going to be the champ and I was going to be able to do for myself and everybody."
He was right. Just a couple years after his first big fight with De La Hoya in 2000, Mosley was able to splurge on himself, with his first new car a 2002 Mercedes-Benz S55 AMG.
"I thought it was time for me to get a new car. I bought a house and other stuff like that," he says. "I was trying to get some real estate at that time. So I was trying to make sure that the home was cool and then I would start getting the cars later."
The wait was well worth it and Mosley loved the Benz. "It was very fast, I loved it. It handled well. It did everything I wanted, the sports kit was with it. It was great."
Mosley is back to driving American cars now. His daily driver is a 2007 Cadillac Escalade EXT, which he rates a perfect 10.
"I love it, I love the way it drives," he emphasizes. "This is my first truck and it drives real smooth. It's a good, safe drive. You're real high up in the air and you can cruise and relax. The only thing I don't like is the governor on there, but that's about it. So when it gets to like 100 (mph) then it shuts off, so that's a negative for me."
2006 Hummer H3
Like many boxers, Mosley trains outside Los Angeles in Big Bear, because of its high altitude. His Hummer H3 is his ride to combat the snow.
"It rides very good in the snow. I basically use it for my Big Bear car, because I'm in Big Bear a lot," Mosley says. "When I'm going snowboarding, I would use that. I like to snowboard from time to time."
Mosley rates it a 6 because it's slow off the line. "It maneuvers real good, but it feels real slow. I can't really go that fast in the snow, but when it's not snowing and I'm driving, it's kind of slow."
Favorite road trip
Back when he was still with his now ex-wife, Mosley would often drive his family cross country to New York.
"I used to drive back and forth from California to New York all the time," Mosley says. "I had an RV, a Monaco. We would drive because at the time my wife didn't fly, so I would drive the whole family, because she was from New York. The quickest I've done it is two and a half days. If I'm driving comfortably, I could do it in three and a half days. "
He often took Route 40 and also I-70 in St. Louis and up I-95, going through Philadelphia. Mosley enjoyed seeing the country by car. "It was very peaceful, it was fun to see how the different states change," he says. "They start changing from stucco to brick buildings. You get to see it gradually changing."
Locally though, the road trip Mosley is most familiar with are those leisurely drives to Big Bear, because once he gets out of his Hummer, he always trains hard. "It's nice and peaceful, the air is clean and thin," he says. "I live in Vegas, so I drive back and forth. I don't like to fly, if I could drive. From Vegas, it's like California to me, so I like to drive there."
Audi R8 V10
But with his luxury and sporty SUVs, Mosley has had a hankering lately for a supercar -- the Audi R8 V10. "My next car would probably be the Audi," he says, thinking out loud. "I think I'm going to get that after my next couple fights. I'm going to treat myself. Whichever one's the fastest one, that's what I want to get."
Since Mayweather is without a challenger now (he and Manny Pacquiao couldn't come to an agreement), coupled with Haitian-American Berto's decision to withdraw, the stars may align for a possible Mayweather vs. Mosley superfight that would certainly heat up the boxing world.
If the two end up in the ring together, who knows? The R8 Mosley has been contemplating might also become a reality in his garage sooner than later.