Mayweather Madness: A Sane Calibration of His All-Time Status

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.

Larry Ekundayo on Mayweather & Sparring Brian Rose

Hamilton’s 50 Most Influential People in Boxing 2014

  1. Al Haymon
  2. Floyd Mayweather
  3. Richard Schaefer
  4. Leslie Moonves
  5. Eddie Hearn
  6. Stephen Espinoza
  7. Ken Hershman
  8. Bob Arum
  9. Cameron Dunkin
  10. Eric Gomez
  11. Kalle Sauerland
  12. Oscar De La Hoya
  13. Todd DuBoef
  14. Mark Taffet
  15. Peter Nelson
  16. Bernd Boente
  17. Fernando Beltran
  18. Manny Pacquiao
  19. Gordon Hall
  20. Saul Alvarez
  21. Bruce Trampler
  22. Leonard Ellerbee
  23. Wladimir Klitschko
  24. Kevin Iole
  25. Michael Koncz
  26. Bernard Hopkins
  27. Kelly Swanson
  28. Mauricio Sulaimán
  29. Adonis Stevenson
  30. Kathy Duva
  31. Egis Klimas
  32. Carl Froch
  33. Akihiko Honda
  34. Gilberto Mendoza
  35. Lou DiBella
  36. Sam Watson
  37. Freddie Roach
  38. Elie Seckbach
  39. Jim Lampley
  40. Juan Manuel Marquez
  41. Al Bernstein
  42. Fred Sternburg
  43. Ambrose Mendy
  44. Ed Tracy
  45. Francisco Varcarcel
  46. Robert Garcia
  47. Mick Hennessy
  48. Tyson Fury
  49. Brad Goodman
  50. Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson
Matt Hamilton

Matt Hamilton

“Maidana Earned Rematch” Roger Mayweather

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 (more…)

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