Shane Mosley gave Winky Wright his big chance. After beating Mosley a second time, Wright is now ready to cash in on it.
Wright pronounced himself one of boxing's elite contenders Saturday night after beating Mosley in a rematch in Las Vegas and holding onto his 154-pound titles. It was a narrow win not decided until the final round, but Wright immediately began campaigning for even bigger fights.
Among the names suggested were Oscar De La Hoya, Felix Trinidad and Bernard Hopkins. For a fighter who toiled nearly 14 years in boxing's minor leagues, those are big names indeed.
"I'm from the 'hood, where we have an expression: 'Show me the money,' " Wright said.
If the money comes, Wright can be grateful to Mosley, who made the mistake of fighting him in March instead of simply taking a tuneup for a planned fight with Trinidad.
Wright took full advantage by winning a convincing decision over Mosley, then repeated the effort with a narrow majority decision in the rematch.
"I thank Shane Mosley," Wright said. "Without him, I'd still be fighting on ESPN, in West Virginia."