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Kobe Bryant, Cuba Gooding, LaDanian Tomlinson, Lamar Odom are all stars on their own stage, but when they came to see Sugar Shane Mosley in his epic confrontation against Antonio Margarito, they played only a supporting role.
On Jan. 24, five days of the inauguration of America's first Black President Barack Obama, the local boy from Pomona represented himself.
He had to. With a record (and predominantly Mexican) crowd of 20,820 cascading him with boos and cheering recklessly for their native Margarito, Mosley and the few Blacks who bought a ticket to support him were outnumbered.
Wearing Black velvet trunks and matching robe with silvering lettering spelling out his name, Mosley made sure that the only number that would matter on this evening was the many punches that he would land on the double chinned Margarito.
And punches he did land. From the opening bell when he peppered Margarito with flinging left jabs and powerful overhand rights, he battered his foe throughout, winning every single round on the Sentinel's score card.
A 5-1 underdog in the Las Vegas sports books and 20-1 dog to win by knockout, Mosley scored the most impressive victory of his long career, recording a statement 9th round knockout to claim his fourth world title.
He did it so resoundingly that by the time the fight was over and Margarito was battered on the canvas, even the reporters at ringside were left stunned.
So much to the chagrin of Mosley's business partner at Golden Boy Promotions Bernard Hopkins that he led Mosley to the side of the ring to face the scribes after his monumental upset victory.
B-Hop knows the feeling of being felt disrespected by the press and underestimated by the boxing community, having set the record for middleweight title defenses and upsetting previously unbeaten Kelly Pavlik.
But this was Mosley's night. At 37 years of age with a pending divorce and allegations of previous steroid abuse darting his public persona, he made sure that it would not interfere with his esteemed boxing legacy.
Margarito had never been knocked out and Mosley had never lost to a Mexican fighter.
Something had to give and with Mosley providing the pressure to the pressure fight, it was Margarita's pipe that busted along with his so-called invincible chin.
Golden Boy matchmaker Eric Gomez, a childhood friend of Oscar de la Hoya, shouted out "Wow!"
De la Hoya was somewhere in Anaheim promoting a Mixed Martial Arts Show that was out drawn by a clear 2-1 margin in attendance.
When De la Hoya's name was introduced to the capacity crowd, he received more disdain than California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.
His bronze statue outside Staples Center now reflects an East L.A. hero who is considered a fraud.
Perhaps that statue should have been reserved for the boxer who really deserves it. Mosley beat De la Hoya twice at Staples Center and won this fight in front of the largest crowd to witness a sporting event in the venue since it opened in 1999.
The only disgrace on this night was that the brothers and sisters didn't show up to support one of their own.
A class athlete. A doting father. An admiring son. A proud African American who wore a red, white and blue mouth piece.
And now a welterweight champion again!
Sugar will always taste sweet and Shane Mosley at any age probably can't be beat.
Bring on Hatton, Pacquiao or Mayweather Jr. We're waiting.