SRL vs. Money Mayweather

All-Time Greatness – Money vs. Sugar

Floyd Mayweather

Floyd Mayweather is entering rarefied air in the all-time great comparison stakes.

Head to Head – Professional Boxers Opinions

I think Sugar Ray – he had it all I just think he’d figure a way around Floyd’s shoulder and elbow and really rough him up and beat him on points!” Tony Conquest

I say Sugar Ray Leonar because he is a very confusing fighter like myself – he shucks & jives, moves & grooves the whole fight & lands at will & that is Floyd’s only problem he would have trouble with a elusive crafty fighter that likes to have fun in the ring just like me!” Leon Spinks III

Sugar Ray’s competition was more competitive than Money Mayweather’s competition. Sugar Ray was fast, with good footwork and took more chances throughout the fight. Money Mayweather has great speed, excellent footwork and is more technical of a fighter. Because Sugar Ray takes more chances during the fight, which Floyd doesn’t, Floyd technical fighting would give him the win. It would have been great to experience that fight as a fan.” Bryan O Williams

Sugar Ray Leonard

Credible Wins: 19

Elite Level Wins: 9

Wins vs. Ultra-Elite Level Fighters+: 5

Wins vs. World Beaters*: 4

Combined Record of All Credible Win Opponents at Time of Beating Them: 753-69-14

Wins against credible opponents who were undefeated coming into bout: 3

Number of Fights Before 1st Credible Win: 13 (ie. first credible win came in 14th professional bout)

Height: 5′ 10″ / 178cm
Reach: 74″ / 188cm

Floyd Mayweather Junior

Credible Wins: 20

Elite Level Wins: 13

Wins vs. Ultra-Elite Level Fighters+: 2

Wins vs. World Beaters*: 0

Combined Record of All Credible Win Opponents at Time of Beating Them: 774-61-17

Wins against credible opponents who were undefeated coming into bout: 3

Number of Fights Before 1st Credible Win: 17 (ie. first credible win came in 18th professional bout)

Height: 5′ 8″ / 173cm
Reach: 72″ / 183cm

Mayweather’s Resume

Amateur Record: 84-6

Credible Wins with Opponent’s Record Coming Into Bout

Genaro Hernandez 38-1-1

Angel Manfredy 25-2-1

Gregorio Vargas 40-6-1

Diego Corrales 33-0-0

Jose Luis Castillo 45-4-1 & 46-5-1

Phillip Ndou 31-1-0

DeMarcus Corley 28-2-1

Arturo Gatti 39-6-0

Sharmba Mitchell 56-4-0

Zab Judah 34-3-0

Carlos Manuel Baldomir 43-9-6

Oscar De La Hoya 38-4-0

Ricky Hatton 43-0-0

Juan Manuel Marquez 50-4-1

Shane Mosley 46-5-0+

Victor Ortiz 29-2-2

Miguel Cotto 37-2-0

Robert Guerrero 31-1-1

Saul Alvarez 42-0-1+

Credible Wins: 20

Elite Level Wins: 13

Wins vs. Ultra-Elite Level Fighters+: 2

Wins vs. World Beaters*: 0

Combined Record of All Credible Win Opponents at Time of Beating Them: 774-61-17

Wins against credible opponents who were undefeated coming into bout: 3

Number of Fights Before 1st Credible Win: 17 (ie. first credible win came in 18th professional bout)

Height: 5′ 8″ / 173cm
Reach: 72″ / 183cm

Major World Titles

WBC Super Featherweight Champion (130 lbs)
WBC Lightweight Champion (135 lbs)
WBC Light Welterweight Champion (140 lbs)
IBF Welterweight Champion (147 lbs)
WBC Welterweight Champion (147 lbs)
(2) WBC Light Middleweight Champion (154 lbs)
(2) WBC Welterweight Champion (147 lbs)
WBA Light Middleweight Champion (154 lbs)

The Ring/Lineal Championship Titles

Lineal Super Featherweight Champion (130 lbs)
The Ring Lightweight Champion (135 lbs)
The Ring Welterweight Champion (147 lbs)
The Ring Jr. Middleweight Champion (154 lbs)

Awards

1998 and 2007 International Boxing Award Fighter of the Year
1998 and 2007 The Ring Magazine Fighter of the Year
2000–09 Yahoo! Sports, Best of the Decade
2002 World Boxing Hall of Fame Fighter of the Year
2005 and 2007 World Boxing Council Boxer of the Year
2005–08 The Ring ‘number one’ pound for pound
2007 Boxing Writers Association of America Fighter of the Year
2007 ESPN Fighter of the Year
2007 New York Daily News Fighter of the Year
2007 World Boxing Council Event of the Year (The World Awaits)
2007 World Boxing Council Knockout of the Year (against Ricky Hatton)
2007, 2008 and 2010 Best Fighter ESPY Award
2007, 2008 and 2010 The Ring Magazine Event of the Year
2009 The Ring Magazine Comeback of the Year
2009–10 BoxRec, BBC Sport and Yahoo! Sports ‘number one’ pound for pound
2012 Best Fighter ESPY Award.
2013 The Ring ‘number one’ pound for pound.

Sugar Ray Leonard’s Resume

Amateur Record: 145-5 with 75 knockouts

Credible Wins with Opponent’s Record Coming Into Bout

Floyd Mayweather Senior 15-1-0

Randy Shields 31-4-1

Armando Muniz 44-13-1

Daniel Aldo Gonzalez 52-2-4

Adolfo Viruet 16-3-0

Marcos Geraldo 46-14-0

Tony Chiaverini 30-4-0

Pete Ranzany 45-3-1

Andy Price 28-5-3

Wilfred Benitez 38-0-1+*

Dave Boy Green 33-2-0

Roberto Duran 72-1-0+* & 85-7-0

Larry Bonds 29-3-0

Ayub Kalule 36-0-0+

Thomas Hearns 32-0-0+*

Bruce Finch 28-3-1

Marvin Hagler 62-2-2+*

Donny Lalonde 31-2-0

Credible Wins: 19

Elite Level Wins: 9

Wins vs. Ultra-Elite Level Fighters+: 5

Wins vs. World Beaters*: 4

Combined Record of All Credible Win Opponents at Time of Beating Them: 753-69-14

Wins against credible opponents who were undefeated coming into bout: 3

Number of Fights Before 1st Credible Win: 13 (ie. first credible win came in 14th professional bout)

Height: 5′ 10″ / 178cm
Reach: 74″ / 188cm

Major World Titles

WBC Welterweight Champion (147 lbs)
(2) WBC Welterweight Champion (147 lbs)
WBA Light Middleweight Champion (154 lbs)
WBA Welterweight Champion (147 lbs)
WBC Middleweight Champion (160 lbs)
WBC Super Middleweight Champion (168 lbs)
WBC Light Heavyweight Champion (175 lbs)
The Ring/Lineal Championship Titles

The Ring Welterweight Champion (147 lbs)
(2) The Ring Welterweight Champion (147 lbs)
The Ring Light Middleweight Champion (154 lbs)
The Ring Middleweight Champion (160 lbs)

Awards 

Boxing Illustrated Fighter of the Year (1979, 1981, and 1987)
Boxing Writers Association of America Fighter of the Year (1976, 1979, and 1981)
KO Fighter of the Year (1979, 1981, and 1987)
The Ring Fighter of the Year (1979 and 1981)
Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year (1981)
Sugar Ray Leonard vs. Thomas Hearns I was named The Ring Fight of the Year (1981)
U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame inductee (1985)
Sugar Ray Leonard vs. Marvelous Marvin Hagler was named The Ring Fight of the Year and Upset of the Year (1987)
The Ring Fighter of the Decade (1980s)
KO Outstanding Fighter of the Decade (1980s)
Mark Grossinger Etess Award for Boxer of the Decade (1980s)
Boxing Illustrated named Leonard the second greatest welterweight of all-time (1989)
The Ring named Leonard the fifth greatest fighter of the last 50 years (1996)
World Boxing Hall of Fame inductee (1996)
International Boxing Hall of Fame inductee (1997)
The Associated Press named Leonard the third greatest welterweight of the 20th century (1999)
The Ring named Leonard the ninth greatest fighter of the last 80 years (2002)

Matt Hamilton, for ESNewsReporting.com!

Matt Hamilton

Matt Hamilton, for ESNewsReporting.com in London.