Floyd Mayweather Jr 47-0 with 26 KO’s. Of those 47 bouts the following can’t even be regarded as international level opposition:
Carlos Hernandez; Miguel Melo; Sam Girard; Hector Arroyo; Angelo Nunez; Felipe Garcia; Louie Leija; Jesus Chavez; Larry O’Shields; Tony Duran; Bobby Giepert; Kino Rodriguez; Edgar Ayala; Jerry Cooper; Reggie Sanders & Roberto Apodaca.
Sans these over matched opponents Floyd is down to 31-0 with 13 KO’s.
The following could be deemed low-end international level opponents:
Victoriano Sosa; Emanuel Augustus; Carlos Gerena; Justin Juuko; Carlos Alberto Ramon Rios & Tony Pep.
Sans these less but still over matched opponents Floyd is down to 25-0 with 10 KO’s.
Stellar achievements – but the best ever? Far, far from it.
The post-De La Hoya Floyd Mayweather made a career out of fighting what in reality were fringe contenders (in the true lineal championship sense of the term – Marcos Maidana, Robert Guerrero, Victor Ortiz, Arturo Gatti ) or fighting champions at weights more convenient to himself than to them (Ricky Hatton at 7 lbs above where he held titles, Canelo at 152lbs, a 2009 Juan Manuel Marquez at welterweight) or taking on men who were simply past their best (Shane Mosley, Oscar De La Hoya, Miguel Cotto). Save for that lot he’s down to 14-0 with 7 KO’s as such:
Jose Luis Castillo (twice on Points); Jesus Chavez (by retirement); Phillip Ndou (by 7th round stoppage); DeMarcus Corley (points); Henry Bruseles (by stoppage); Sharmba Mitchell (by 6th Round stoppage); Zab Judah (points); Carlos Manuel Baldomir (points); Diego Corrales (by 10th round stoppage); Gregorio Vargas (on points); Angel Manfredy (stoppage); Genaro Hernandez (by retirement) & Gustavo Fabian Cuello (on points).
If the above constitutes the greatest career in the history of boxing with her 355,000 plus available professional records through history then I am utterly underwhelmed. But it patently does not – not by a long, long way. The careers of Ray Robinson; Ezzard Charles; Ray Leonard to name but three produced more – perhaps TBE should be amended to TBME – The Best Managed (Career) Ever.. regardless of whether Mayweather vs. Pacquiao does or does not happen in 2015 the lack of a Mayweather vs. Cotto in 2007; a Mayweather vs. Margarito in 2008 & a Mayweather vs. Pacquiao in 2009 is as telling an indicator of all-time greatness or lack of it as any inflated sounding ‘perfect’ record.