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Floyd Mayweather Jr – Career Perspective


This is Rummy’s Corner. So this episode is inspired by the Complete
Championship Profile on Floyd that I released a few months back. The final championship record for Floyd Mayweather
Jr consisted of 26 contests, with 26 victories, 0 defeats, 0 draws, and 10 of those 26 victories
coming by way of knockout. And the overall final ledger for Floyd consisted
of 50 professional contests, with 50 victories, 0 defeats, 0 draws, and 27 of those 50 victories
coming by way of knockout. So more than half of Floyd’s prizefights were
championship contests, and of course he has the perfect unblemished record. That’s mighty impressive stuff by any measurable
standard. But what I find most impressive about Mayweather’s
championship profile is that during those 26 contests, he was really only TRULY tested
twice – the first fight against Jose Luis Castillo in April 2002, and then again in
his first bout against Marcos Maidana in May of 2014. Those are really the only two times when Mayweather
was involved in fights that were extremely close and competitive. Now if you listen to some of Floyd’s harshest
critics, many of them will claim he deserved to lose both of those fights, and some of
them even claim he deserved to lose a few others. In fact, if you listen to the very vocal extremist
faction of Mayweather critics, they would like to have you believe he should have lost
several fights. And once you get into that territory, I believe
you’re basically dealing with seasoned trolls and/or outright haters. There are some people that believe De La Hoya
deserved to win in his fight with Floyd, then you have people who believe he should have
been disqualified against Zab Judah and even Victor Ortiz, and amazingly, I’ve even heard
some people claim that Pacquiao deserved a victory over Floyd. In my opinion, I thought De La Hoya performed
admirably against Mayweather, and he had a strong showing in the first half of the fight. Indeed, I thought Oscar probably had a slight
edge at the halfway point, but I believe Mayweather clearly outclassed De La Hoya over the final
six rounds. The shot against Ortiz may have not been the
most sportsmanlike move we’ve ever seen inside the squared circle, but neither was Ortiz’s
deliberate battering ram headbutt that preceded this. Regardless, what Floyd did here was perfectly
legal and no disqualification was warranted. The bout with Judah is one where, strictly
speaking, per the wording of the rules, Mayweather perhaps could have been disqualified here. But referee Richard Steele used his discretion
and allowed the fight to continue, and the executive director of the commission believed
Steele acted accordingly. By the time of the 10th round altercation
in this one, Mayweather was in complete control of the action. If Floyd had been DQ’d here, it would have
strictly been a technicality, because he was winning the fight and adjusted brilliantly
after undergoing some early troubles. And those who think Pacquiao won against Mayweather
– and this is a very vocal minority that generally consists of vocal Pacquiao fans and/or Floyd
haters – these people often suggest watching the fight in slow-motion in order to prove
their case, but it seems clear to me that Mayweather thoroughly outclassed Pacquiao
in that one. And I say that as someone who picked Pacquiao
to win going into that one. The point I’m getting at here, is I think
most reasonable observers would be willing to agree that Floyd’s two toughest bouts were
his first bouts against Castillo and Maidana. These were the only two Floyd bouts that had
any aura of true controversy in the outcome. And in both instances, Mayweather granted
an immediate rematch where he was the clear victor. Even arguing that Maidana deserved to win
his first fight with Floyd is quite the stretch in my eyes. I think the best you can argue is that Maidana
may have earned a draw in that one. I mean, you can argue anything you want, but
those arguing Maidana deserved to win that one have never been especially convincing
to me. So that really just leaves the first Castillo
fight. That one was super close, super competitive,
and in this one I believe you can definitely make the case that Castillo deserved the victory. Full disclosure before I go any further. I have seen every fight featuring Floyd Mayweather
Jr dating back at least to his first championship run, either the night of the fight, or sometime
within a week after in the rare event I missed one live. So I’ve seen all of the important events from
Floyd’s career while they were happening, and during that time, I officially picked
against Floyd four times – and I’m just not saying this just so I can remind everyone
that I suck at predicting fights and that I don’t know shit about boxing. I’m going through these so you can get a better
idea of where my perspective is coming from. So the four times I picked against Floyd were
in his rematch against Castillo, his fight against Sugar Shane Mosley, his fight against
Canelo Alvarez, and most recently (as I already mentioned) his long-awaited megabout showdown
against Manny �Pac-Man� Pacquiao. Of course, I was wrong about each and every
one of these picks. But those were my honest views at the time
these fights were actually happening. That first Castillo fight – to this very day,
you hear fans complaining about the verdict in that one, with many fans exclaiming that
it was a robbery! An absolute robbery! And some fans have been steadfast in writing
that it was a robbery in boxing message boards ever since it happened, in the very early
ages of the online boxing community. It’s one of those things you see repeated
so often, by so many, that it has almost become an established myth among those being critical
of Mayweather. My question is this: If that decision HAD
gone Castillo’s way, what would it really mean in the grand scheme of things? In other words, so what? If that decision had gone Castillo’s way,
would that really detract from Floyd Mayweather’s standing as an all time great boxing legend? No. It wouldn’t, not for me anyway. All it would mean is that Floyd had a single
blemish on his record that he avenged in a rematch. In an ironic way, a lot of people MIGHT regard
Floyd in greater esteem if he did suffer an official loss in their first fight. It’s ironic because Mayweather kind of helped
usher in the era where the mindset of boxing fans became far more inclined to admire the
almighty zero that comes with an undefeated record. That was one of Floyd’s biggest selling points
in marketing himself. But the reality is, in many if not most instances,
a great fighter isn’t always defined by his losses, but rather how he comes back from
a loss. Lennox Lewis is a shining example of this. Like Mayweather, Lennox defeated every boxer
he ever faced as a professional, and the 2 blemishes on his record – he avenged them
both. So if Floyd did get the L against Castillo,
would it really change much in the grand scheme of things? It’s not as if Castillo wasn’t an outstanding
fighter in his own right. And Mayweather still clearly won the rematch,
and this was the first time I had ever picked against Floyd. It had just seemed to me at that time, that
Castillo started figuring Floyd out later in the fight, and I thought he’d be able to
capitalize on that in the rematch. I was wrong! Mayweather proved to be too smart and too
skilled, and he rose to the moment. So really, the only thing that would have
MAYBE been different if Castillo did get the nod, is perhaps Floyd’s marketing strategy
would have been a little different, and maybe he wouldn’t have been as successful financially. But who knows? What we do know is Floyd was in a close and
controversial fight with Castillo, Floyd entered an immediate rematch, and Mayweather proved
his worth as the superior boxer. Incidentally, having recently rewatched the
first Castillo bout – this was in no way, shape, or form a �robbery�. You can definitely make the case that Castillo
deserved to win. Absolutely you can! But this was no robbery. This was a highly competitive contest, where
Mayweather dug deep and exhibited great resourcefulness the way he effectively hung in there. So the next time I picked against Floyd was
when he was set to fight Sugar Shane Mosley. Not only was I convinced that Mosley would
beat Mayweather, I thought he would dominate him. In fact I boldly told anyone and everyone
who would listen that I believed Mosley would win by 2nd round knockout! Prior to this fight, Mosley was slated to
face Andre Berto, but that fight was cancelled when Berto withdrew following the earthquake
in Haiti, and at that time Floyd was still searching for his next opponent. My thinking at that time, was that Mayweather
was kind of cornered into making this fight – and I firmly believed that Mosley was rejuvenated
when he teamed up with trainer Naazim Richardson. In their first effort together, Mosley absolutely
dominated Antonio Margarito before scoring a 9th round stoppage. And I also thought too much was being made
of Shane’s previous losses. Mosley gave chances to talented guys like
Vernon Forrest and Winky Wright when they were both kind of stuck on the outside looking
in. And to his credit, in moves that were perhaps
ill-advised, Shane bravely tried avenging each of those losses, albeit unsuccessfully. And also, I’m in the minority here, but I
actually thought Shane edged it when he lost to Cotto. Regardless, I believed Shane had the best
combination of speed and strength of any Mayweather opponent at welterweight at that time, and
Shane was undoubtedly the top dog in the division following his dominant effort against Margarito. So I confidently picked Mosley by 2nd round
stoppage, and in round 2 – when Mosley got to Floyd with a couple of sweetly timed right
hands, I thought I was a damn genius! But Mayweather persevered, and he was very
resourceful and expertly bought himself the time he needed to clear his head. After that, Floyd made a little adjustment
and started giving Mosley a slightly different look, and Shane had no answers for this. It quickly evolved into a one-sided mismatch
where Mosley was getting tagged flush with snappy right hands that he never even saw
coming. No matter how many times Floyd drilled him
with the right, Shane simply couldn’t find a way to avoid them. It was an absolutely masterful effort from
Mayweather whose execution that night was nothing short of sublime. I genuinely believed Floyd was going to lose
this fight, and words cannot describe how thoroughly impressed I was by Mayweather’s
performance in this one. The next time I picked against Floyd was when
he faced Canelo Alvarez. Going into this one, it was basically more
of an educated hunch than anything else. Canelo was 23 years old and on the rise, and
Mayweather was 36 which is when boxers generally reach the age that they start slowing down. By this point in time, Juan Manuel Marquez
had scored the devastating knockout victory against Manny Pacquiao, and this took away
a lot of the magic that existed surrounding a potential megabout between Mayweather and
Pacquiao. So at this point in time, on paper at least,
Canelo appeared to be the toughest available challenge for Floyd. I didn’t think the catchweight would be an
issue, and looking back now I still tend to believe it was essentially a non-factor during
this particular clash of styles. So I thought Canelo would win by mid-to-late
round stoppage. In the opening minute of the fight, I immediately
started having major doubts about my prediction when I saw the vast discrepancy in speed. Floyd was faster, much faster. Faster hands, faster feet, faster reactions,
and a faster boxing mind. It was an absolute masterclass from Mayweather,
and this one wound up looking a lot like a novice chess player going up against a state
of the art AI. Canelo was simply no match for Mayweather, and try as he might, Canelo
was never able to disrupt Floyd’s rhythm. I thought this was a tremendous victory at
the time, and in some ways this victory ages like a fine wine in the sense that Canelo
has since rebounded and grown into quite an accomplished pound-for-pound elite in his
own right. Now before I get into Pacquiao, which was
the other time I picked against Floyd, I quickly wanted to touch on some of the boogeymen at
welterweight following Mayweather’s retirement after his victory against Ricky Hatton. At the conclusion of 2007, these were the
top ranked welterweights according to Ring Magazine. These were the rankings after Floyd had a
temporary retirement that lasted until he came back and faced Juan Manuel Marquez in
September 2009. Mayweather gets a lot of criticism from some
circles for retiring when he did. And it’s true, the welterweight division was
red hot when Floyd retired. I still see a lot of people claiming that
Floyd was ducking guys like Antonio Margarito and Paul Williams, and even guys like Mosley
and Cotto – both of whom Floyd did ultimately face and defeat. Personally I think these criticisms directed
at Floyd are grossly overstated and don’t hold much merit. Paul Williams was a tall southpaw with an
incredible work rate. But Williams only had two more fights at welterweight
after this, both in 2008, and both against Carlos Quintana. Williams lost the first fight in a unanimous
decision, and he avenged that loss and won the rematch by an impressive first round stoppage. Williams was a solid boxer, but despite being
freakishly tall for a welterweight, and despite his high activity, I don’t personally believe
his style was especially well suited for Floyd. Then we have Antonio Margarito. Margarito was a big durable guy, but he wasn’t
an especially good boxer. Margarito’s biggest strength was winning through
attrition. After losing against the aforementioned Paul
Williams, Margarito went on a nice winning streak and ultimately proved himself the best
of the bunch at welterweight when he scored an 11th round stoppage against Miguel Cotto. But Margarito then went on to get thoroughly
outclassed by Mosley. A lot of people think Margarito would have
matched up very well against Floyd, but I’m not seeing it. I don’t think Margarito had the speed of foot
required in order to deal with Mayweather’s ample technical prowess. Then we have Cotto and Mosley. Floyd ultimately did go on to beat each of
them, and both of those were dominant efforts from Floyd. Mosley gave him some trouble in round 2 of
their fight, but Mayweather basically coasted after that. And Cotto had some spots of success, and Floyd
looked a little beat up in that fight, but Cotto wasn’t winning very many rounds in that
one. It was a competitive fight, and indeed it
was entertaining, but Mayweather outboxed and outhustled Cotto throughout most of the
duration, barring the two rounds when Cotto had his best moments. At the end of the day, when Floyd did return,
he ultimately faced everyone worth facing and he beat the guys who proved themselves
the best of that bunch during his time away. Floyd beat Mosley when he was the top dog
at welterweight, and he beat Cotto who was widely viewed as the best at 154. Regardless of this, it’s very hard to blame
Floyd for his decision to retire when he did, because this helped ignite the perfect storm
scenario that enabled him to become the richest boxer in boxing history. Pac-Man Fever and the rise of Manny Pacquiao
also contributed to this perfect storm scenario that enabled Floyd to become the richest superstar
in boxing history. When Floyd retired, Pacquiao had already been
recognized as a pound-for-pound elite for a number of years, dating back to his tremendous
2003 victory against Marco Antonio Barrera. But after Floyd retired, Pacquiao rose to
new heights. This started in March 2008 when he won a split
decision in his rematch against Juan Manuel Marquez. Then in June, Pacquiao defeated David Diaz
to win the WBC lightweight title, which made Pacquiao a 5 division world champion. And in December, Pacquiao was nothing short
of magnificent when he thoroughly outclassed and stopped Oscar De La Hoya. The manner in which Pacquiao defeated Oscar
was mighty impressive, so at the conclusion of 2008, Pacquiao had proven himself as the
successor to Floyd. Manny Pacquiao was recognized as the new pound-for-pound
King, and this is when all of the talk about a potential megabout showdown between Mayweather
and Pacquiao first surfaced. Then in May 2009 Pacquiao scored a devastating
2nd round knockout against Ricky Hatton. Although Hatton didn’t technically hold a
title, he still had a valid claim to the 140 pound lineage. But the important thing here was that this
was the second fight in a row where Pacquiao defeated a former Mayweather victim, and he
did so in more impressive and explosive fashion. This amplified talks of a showdown between
Mayweather and Pacquiao, and Mayweather probably took notice, because it was shortly after
this that Mayweather announced he’d be making a comeback. So I don’t think it’s a coincidence that Floyd’s
comeback opponent was none other than Juan Manuel Marquez – the man who fought Pacquiao
on very even terms, in both their first encounter that ended in a draw, as well as their rematch
where Pacquiao was awarded a razor thin split decision. Mayweather proceeded to put forth an absolutely
brilliant effort when he thoroughly dominated Marquez. This fight was a complete and total mismatch
of epic proportions. In fairness, this was the first bout Marquez
had north of 135 – the Mayweather-Marquez bout was scheduled to take place at 144, but
Mayweather opted to come in at 146 and pay the pre-negotiated fight penalties of $300,000
per pound over the 144 agreement. Regardless of all that, Mayweather put on
a fine display of tactical brilliance with absolutely no visible signs of ring rust whatsoever. Fan chatter of a potential Mayweather-Pacquiao
megabout reached new heights. Then in November of that year, Pacquiao faced
the man many believed would prove his toughest foe to date when he challenged WBO welterweight
champion Miguel Cotto at a contracted catch weight of 145 pounds. To the surprise of many, Pacquiao absolutely
dominated Cotto, dropping him twice along the way, before the fight was waved off in
the 12th and final round. With that victory, Pac-Man Fever reverberated
throughout the entire boxing landscape, and of course, talks of Mayweather-Pacquiao were
now the talk of the entire boxing world. Negotiations were underway for a would-be
showdown between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao. It had seemed all but inevitable that these
two pound-for-pound greats would square off on March 13, 2010. But it didn’t happen! Instead, both Mayweather and Pacquiao were
making small fortunes as they each defeated other top boxers in and around welterweight
over the next few years. The aura of magic that surrounded this fight
began to dim in 2012 after Pacquiao lost back-to-back contests. The first of those was a controversial loss
against Tim Bradley. Most observers believed Pacquiao deserved
to win that one (myself included), so that didn’t kill the appeal of Mayweather-Pacquiao,
but it did diminish it somewhat because Pacquiao no longer looked like the speedy volume power
puncher that defined his legacy. This actually started becoming apparent the
previous year when Pacquiao had some struggles in his somewhat controversial majority decision
win in his third fight with Marquez. When Pacquiao was knocked out cold in his
fourth fight with Marquez, the magic had all but vanished. However, like a Phoenix rising from the ashes
,renewed interest in a Mayweather-Pacquiao bout was rejuvenated after Floyd thoroughly
outclassed Canelo Alvarez in 2013. After beating Canelo in such dominant fashion,
the perception resumed where Pacquiao still had an explosive style that would provide
a challenge to Mayweather. It also helped that Pacquiao rebounded after
suffering back-to-back losses, and as Pacquiao was rebounding, Mayweather himself began showing
his age more when he had his share of struggles in his first bout with Marcos Maidana. So the long awaited highly anticipated megabout
showdown between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao finally happened on May 2, 2015. Even though both boxers had exhibited signs
of decline going into this one, now that they were both getting older – they were both still
widely recognized as the two best boxers in the world. Not just the two best welterweights, but the
two best pound-for-pound boxers in the entire sport! My thinking going into this one was that Pacquiao
still had fast enough hands that he would give Mayweather problems out of that southpaw
stance. I thought that Pacquiao would find openings
for his left early in the fight before Floyd had time to properly adjust. Just seconds into the contest, I almost immediately
realized that I had it all wrong! Mayweather looked exceptionally sharp right
out of the gate, and the vast difference in footspeed was on full display during these
opening moments. Pacquiao still had quick hands, but his feet
looked very heavy, and it became apparent to me early on that Pacquiao was going to
have a lot of trouble dealing with Mayweather’s stellar footwork. And that, ladies and gentlemen, was essentially
the story of the fight. Mayweather was too quick and too slick, and
he was able to easily outmaneuver Pacquiao in the battle of positioning, by utilizing
his vastly faster and superior footing. Pacquiao to his credit had a few moments of
success along the way, but by and large, Mayweather was dominating the range and dictating the
rhythm of the contest. So I thought Pacquiao would beat Mayweather,
and in my eyes, it wound up being a mismatch in favor of Mayweather. Not that Floyd dominated every second of every
round. He didn’t. And he didn’t need to. Floyd was able to fight at a pace to his liking
because Pacquiao was never able to press the issue. The reality is that Mayweather never even
had to take it out of first gear. Now there are a lot of fans who try to diminish
Floyd’s victory against Pacquiao – but in my experience, these efforts to diminish that
victory tend to come from people who are either die hard Pacquiao fans, or big time Mayweather
haters – or both! A lot of people say that Mayweather waited
�until Pacquiao got old� before finally taking the fight. But that doesn’t carry much weight with me. For starters, Mayweather is almost two years
older than Pacquiao. And I understand that sometimes certain fighters
have styles that burn out quicker than others. But just last year, Pacquiao proved he is
still among the very best in the business when he defeated Keith Thurman. And beyond that, the fact remains that when
they did fight, both Mayweather and Pacquiao were considered the two best boxers in the
world. Mayweather earned his victory against Pacquiao,
and he most certainly deserves credit for that historic victory. So what would have happened if Mayweather
and Pacquiao had met back on March 13, 2010? I have no idea! All I can say for certain is that when they
did fight, I got it wrong! I know a lot of people think if they had fought
back in 2010, that Pacquiao had the stamina and the speed that he could have gotten to
Floyd and gotten him out of there. That a more aggressive energetic version of
Pacquiao would have had the firepower to beat Floyd. I’m not so sure about that, honestly. I think it would have been a better fight,
and it’s true that a more aggressive Pacquiao might have had the firepower to get to Floyd,
and maybe he at least would have had a better chance at forcing Floyd out of first gear. But the flipside to this is, that Mayweather
was faster back then as well, and Mayweather always had the style that was able to neutralize
boxers who relied on volume. While Pacquiao might have been better equipped
to attack Mayweather back then, he also would have been more inclined to get countered by
one of the greatest counter punchers of all time. Pacquiao was, afterall, a bit more reckless
prior to suffering the knockout loss at the hands of Marquez. But this is all speculation. The fight didn’t happen in 2010, it happened
in 2015 – and when it did happen, Mayweather’s defensive prowess won the day against Pacquiao’s
offensive arsenal. When you look back at Floyd’s career, it’s
a very impressive body of work. 130 was almost certainly Floyd’s best weight
class. At 130 Floyd displayed all of the fine defensive
skills that he is best known for, but he was also far more adventurous with his offense. Floyd had 8 defenses of his WBC junior lightweight
championship, so he was undefeated in 9 championship contests at 130 and he had a number of notable
victories there. The two standouts for me being the victory
against Genaro Hernandez when he first won the title, and then of course the outstanding
performance against Diego Corrales. Those are two high quality victories, and
his entire body of work at 130 is solid stuff. At 135 he has the two notable victories against
Jose Luis Castillo. At 140 Floyd didn’t have many fights, but
his utter destruction of Gatti was simply marvelous. And Floyd had a slew of notable wins at 147,
which included beating the likes of Zab Judah, Shane Mosley, and Manny Pacquiao. And all three of Floyd’s fights at 154 were
notable, which included victories against Oscar De La Hoya, Miguel Cotto, and Canelo
Alvarez. Technically speaking the Canelo fight was
at 152 – but those were 3 dominant wins for Floyd against 3 outstanding opponents. Even long before Mayweather retired for good
(assuming he doesn’t come back), Floyd was so good and so talented that he was one of
those guys who was always frequently discussed in various hypothetical match-ups. A lot of the names that are often mentioned
in said hypothetical match-ups include the likes of Roberto Duran at 135, Sweet Pea anywhere
from 135 to 147, Sugar Ray Robinson at 147, Sugar Ray Leonard at 147, Tommy Hearns at
147, and sometimes you even see Marvin Hagler at 160. The mere fact that fans are willing to include
Floyd in hypothetical bouts at middleweight – someone who never fought north of 154 – that
alone is a testament to Floyd’s greatness. And not only are they including him in hypotheticals
at 160, they aren’t just picking any old past great from middleweight. We’re talking Marvelous Marvin Hagler here
– arguably the greatest middleweight who ever laced them up! Holy shit! So how would Floyd Mayweather have done in
the aforementioned hypotheticals? I have no idea! I’ll remind everyone that I suck bad enough
as it is making predictions about fights that actually DO happen. So there is no reason whatsoever to believe
I’d fare any better in hypothetical match-ups. But the mere fact that Floyd is being compared
to such an elite group of past greats proves a greater point here – that Floyd has solidified
his spot where he is part of the discussion when talking about all time boxing greats. I personally believe that as the years pass,
like Lennox Lewis, Mayweather’s legacy will age like a fine wine – and in some ways, I
think this might happen for the wrong reasons. 50-0 is obviously an awesome record, especially
in a sport where athletes tend to hang around too long, which sadly often results in careers
ending in very unceremonious fashion. But Floyd’s greatness, to me – it goes well
beyond the impressive unblemished record. As I mentioned earlier, if Mayweather had
gotten the loss in his first bout with Castillo, what really changes? It wouldn’t make him any less great. What really made Floyd the standout boxer
that he was stems from all of his hard work and dedication to his craft. He was physically very gifted with a great
abundance of athleticism, but it was the relentless commitment that helped hone the skills, and
develop one of the greatest ring IQ’s the sport has ever known. I’m not entirely sure where to rank Mayweather
myself among the all time greats in the rich history of professional boxing. All I can say for certain is he was undoubtedly
the best boxer of his era, and he has cemented a superstar legacy that will remain intact
for as long as boxing fans exist. Floyd Mayweather Junior earned his spot in
the discussion of all time boxing greats, and no one can take that away from him. Thanks for watching everyone. I hope you enjoyed and have a wonderful night. This is Rummy’s Corner.

100 Replies to “Floyd Mayweather Jr – Career Perspective”

  • I think to beat Floyd, you needed a combo of pressure, timing & ring IQ. I think Kostya Tszyu around 2000 would have been an interesting fight.

  • Mosely came the closest to beating Mayweather by almost KO'ing him. Mayweather handled and outclassed el Chino and Castillo and outclassed Mosely too after the near KO.

    Mayweather was the most composed boxer in the history of the sport. He also took less damage than any other champion boxer.

    As to those guys that say he wasn't entertaining I completely disagree. When I see two great Mexican fighters slugging it out and beating the shit out of each other I always end up thinking they both lost, no matter who won.

  • Dude you hit almost every single point possible. I've been using these same arguments against trolls and haters for years. Now I'll just link them this video. Subscribing for sure!

  • Anybody who has/had better resume than this??
    "GOAT" of ALL GOATS.
    – a flyweight world champion

    – a junior featherweight world champion

    – a featherweight world champion

    – a super featherweight world champion

    – a lightweight world champion

    – a super lightweight world champion

    – a junior welterweight world champion

    – a welterweight champion

    – a super welterweight champion

    – the only 8 division world champion

    – Lineal world flyweight champion

    – Lineal world featherweight champion

    – Lineal world super featherweight champion

    – Lineal light welterweight champion

    – Lineal world welterweight champion

    – the only 5 division lineal champ

    – the only fighter to win 12 major world titles

    – fighter of the decade (by BWAA, WBC, WBO) in 2000's

    – 3 times fighter of the year (by BWAA & Ring Magazine)

    – ranked as best fighter by ESPY (2009 & 2011)

    – ranked as greatest asian fighter (Boxrec)

    – Sports Illustrated boxer of the year (2008 & 2009)

    – fighter of the year by Yahoo! Sports (2008)

    – top pound for pound fighter for 4 years, consecutive (2008-2011)

    – oldest welterweight to ever win a world championship title

    – best southpaw boxing has ever seen

    – the only fighter in the history of boxing that was a congressman and a world champ at the same time

    – the only fighter in the history of boxing that is a senator and a world champ at the same time

    – a humanitarian

    – a philanthropist

    – he started boxing as an extremely poor and malnourished kid who never had a boxing background and fought through adveristies of life to become the only 8 weight world champion

    – he is one of the only 4 boxers, at age 40, to win a world championship in boxing history

    – a true lightweight that should be fighting in that weightclass but decided to fight 2 weight classes above his, in welterweight division and dominated the big guys

    – fought in 24 world titles

    – one of the most drug tested boxer in history

    – never ducked anybody

    – a true boxing sportsman and a role model

    – fought through 3 boxing generations

    – first filipino fighter to win a lightweight world champion

    – Sugar Ray Robinson Fighter of the year (2006, 2008 & 2009)

    – a 40 year old boxer that defeated keith thurman, a 30-year old, undefeated, in his prime and a super elite fighter that has the current best record as far as oppossition goes in welterweight division.

    – he held major world title belts in a record of 17 times

    – was an actor and a world champion at the same time

    – was a musician with 2 studio albums, 3 singles, 4 music videos and a world champion at the same time

    – made the Time Magazine's "Most Influential People" list in 2009

    – an olympic flag bearear (non participant) of his country (2008) and a world champion at the same time.

    – Philippines has virtually zero crime rate when he fights

    – became a basketball headcoach and a baskerbaml player of a PBA team, KIA. PBA is major basketball league from the Philippines that's equivalent to the United States' NBA. He did this while he was a world boxing champion.

    – made the 2009, 2010 and 2012 Forbes Magazine Celebrity 100 (The World's Most Powerful Celebrity) list (ranked 57th, 55th and 33rd)

    – made Yahoo! Sports "Boxing's Most Influential" (2010)

    – has the Guinness World Records Most boxing world titles in different weight divisions (since November 13, 2010)

    – made Reader's Digest Asia Pacific Most Trusted Personality list (2013)

    – ranked as the best pound for pound fighter of the decade by WBO (2001-2010)

    – HBO fighter of the decade

    – made the Ask Men "Most Influential Men" (2009)

    PAC IS GOAT!

    We are lucky to be alive to witness his boxing GREATNESS!!! GOAT of ALL GOATS.

  • Mayweather won the fight against Pacquaio but we can't change the fact the Mayweather avoided a PRIME Pacquaio 2009-2012. In 2009 Mayweather choose to fight Juan Manuel Marquez who never fought at 147lbs and only fought once or twice at 135lbs, instead of fighting Pacquiao.

    It took 6 years to make the MayPac fight in 2015. And when the fight got made, Mayweather knowingly took an illegal IV procedure in his house. I'm willing to bet its not the first time he did it. Its ironic that he is the one accusing Pacquiao of using PEDS w/c I think it was just an excuse to avoid or delay the fight against Pacquiao.

  • It took 6 years to make the MayPac fight in 2015. And when the fight got made, Mayweather knowingly took an illegal IV procedure in his house. I'm willing to bet its not the first time he did it. Its ironic that he is the one accusing Pacquiao of using PEDS w/c I think it was just an excuse to avoid or delay the fight against Pacquiao.

  • Yes Floyd fought Shane in 2010 and Cotto in 2012. Mosley was not a top dog at welterweight in 2010 when FLoyd fought him. What are u talking about Rummy???? and he fought Cotto in 2012 and Cotto was already showing decline by that time.

  • Rummy your analysis about the timeline is messed up??? Here's a question, why fight Marquez in 2009 (never fought at 147, fought once or twice at 135lbs) "INSTEAD" of Pacquiao???? THe PED accusation was baseless and it was just an excuse to avoid or delay the fight against Pacquiao.

  • If Mayweather lost the decision to Castillo, it wouldn't ruin his legacy as a boxer, but it would have ruined his brand. Mayweather needed that undefeated record to become the richest athlete.

  • Great video! I’ve been following boxing since 1975. Floyd is the best boxer I have ever seen. Hagler, Ali, Holmes, Arguello, Leonard, Duran, Sanchez and Pacquaio are greats that I like more, but keeping it really, Floyd is 26-0 against world champions and has had the longest unbeaten run, through three decades.

  • Floyd also had a torn rotator cuff during the fight with Castillo.

    Like a real injury where you can her him
    Talking about it the corner and roger telling him to suck it up.

  • All I know is that when Manny was at his absolute peak and Floyd was at his absolute peak, everyone in the world wanted to see that fight, and it didn't happen for FIVE LONG YEARS because Floyd didn't want it. Manny did every single thing he could – even said numerous times "I'll do it for free" to avoid any single argument about purses etc. Still didn't happen. Only happened five years later when Manny came off the back of a couple of losses including a KO and even then, Floyd hit +back for the entire 12 rounds.

    For that reason (and for the fact Floyd constantly assaults women) … I'm out.

  • Over time, Floyd Mayweather Jr., will be considered on the pantheon of the greatest boxers of all time. He was under-appreciated.

  • You dont need to watch the Pac fight in slow motion, you just need to understand boxing and/or not be a shill. We know which one you are Rummy😁. If you even said the Pac fight was close you'd never work in this business again. You'd go to where Larry Merchant and C.J Ross went🤣😂

  • Mayweather isnt the fastest or most skilled boxer ever but hes the smartest. He figured out everybody, could adjust on the fly, and was in control of his gameplans rather than being ordered by his dad or uncle. He would do everything possible to win including what others frowned upon cause he wanted it more. He beat everybody there was to beat despite ridiculous accusations of ducking people and he retired without a scratch.

    Pac (and roach) was embarrassing for not figuring out an effective gameplan vs mayweather or adjusting in the ring. Pacs lack of discipline and reliance on his genetic gifts is what got him knocked out by jmm. He was never in mayweathers league. I used to be a fan of pac but flipped when he moaned and bitched and shifted blame after losing to morales. He is still the same person now.

  • Hopefully the cult of the "almighty 0" will ware off at some point. I agree Floyd would not be less of a great if he had lost to Castillo and Maidana. Its sad he chose to step away after the Hatton fight when Cotto, Mosley, Williams and Margarito presented real threats but I see his point. He understood the power of that "0" and treated it like a treasure. I would have picked both the Cotto and Mosley who fought eachother to beat him shortly after the Hatton fight even if he would probably beat them in rematches later.

  • If Pac and Mayweather fought 5 yrs earlier it would have looked the same just at a faster pace. Floyd's footwork is just better period

  • Floyd ducked and dodged all the fighters he could have fought in their primes, the list GOES ON AND ON as Floyd says all the time, Barrera, Morales, Pacquiao, Mosely, a 22 year old Canelo, Lost to Castillo and Maidana, and fought BERTO as his last legit boxing match and then fought a UFC fighter in a boxing ring! What a fraud!

  • The zero was/is important as it draws his haters to part with their money on the hope that he'll get knocked out/or lose his 0.

  • I had both those fights as a draw so u bringing that up as the only 2 time that Mayweather was tested is soo valid great video bro 💪

  • Rummy plz man we need a Wilder vs fury 2 video we need ya touch we need to know what's next cause you usually are spot on

  • I argue the greatness of Floyd’s career with every Floyd hater I know. Now I have a video to show them. The PAC Man victory has got tremendously better with age as Manny is still a top fighter 5 years later. Floyd as a person is questionable. His career was pure greatness.

  • The thing with floyd and his haters which I saw with the proof maidana won I thought they made. a good guess until I actually watched the fight and realized the maidana proof video all they did was showed the maidana high lights if you onot show the grate things one person did it makes that person look like they won when the truth was Mayweather did 3x as good and was why he won

  • He's just so easy to hate. A terrible persona, rich beyond belief and the most boring boxer I've ever watched. All time great though.

  • I had floyd with a edge vs Castillo . They counted punches for Castillo that didn’t even land, and I had floyd up 5-0 after 5 rounds. You can tell he messed up his shoulder right at that point because he really started struggling mid to late fight . I still had him winning tho

  • I used to be a hater but I did not have a proper understanding of boxing. After I learned more about boxing, my hate turned into respect. Floyd did so much for the great sport of boxing, it's hard not to respect him. Floyd was incredible!

  • Rummy looking forward to your historical take on fury become only the second man to win the ring magazine heavyweight title alongside Ali!

  • The only fight that was close was the Castillo fight but I still think floyd won that and I watched it like 15 times .. but floyd did duck Forrest

  • The maidana fight was not even challenging it was really really dirty boxing and honestly wouldn’t have been surprised if it ended in a DQ

  • Thing about floyd later on he WOULDN'T FIGHT out of Vegas. He wouldn't because I believe he had ppl payed off. Sin City can be a bitch

  • Just can't see how he could beat guys like Hearns or Leonard. Hearns in his prime would have ended the fight in a few rounds imo. What he did to Duran was unbelievable.

  • I more a Pacquiao fan than a Mayweather fan but first and foremost I'm a Boxing Fan.I've seen all of Floyd's fights and from what i've seen no one was able to comprehensively beat him much less visibly hurt him.A few fights were 50/50 and could have gone either way but were no way controversial decisions,Floyds superior fitness and Boxing IQ always kept him from getting behind on points,his last couple of fights were nothing special but he deserved a couple of easy fights.I still cant watch May/Pac fight to this day,that stunk big time but Floyd did what he had to do.The fight itself was over as soon as Nevada Commission backflipped on Pacquiao getting a painkilling injection hours before the fight,that kinda sucked.A rematch would have been good but Floyd obviously didn't want it,he made whatever fight he wanted.Floyd has the best record on paper.

  • Roberto Duran at Lightweight is without peer. That said, before Floyd’s hands become an issue/brittle he had honest knockout power

  • The only thing I disagree with is the "what would a loss against Castillo really change"? Well, a lot, potentially.

    Rummy is assuming his career would have continued to pan out exactly the same, which we don't know. Would he have even rematches castillo?

    Would the loss have effected him psychologically? Would his career path have been the same against the same opponents at the exact time?

    We dont know, and the fact Castillo was robbed of what IMO was a clear as day 8 to 4 victory, could have changed everything.

    But as it stands floyd is one of the greatest of our generation maybe the greatest

  • Yo I appreciate ya work but your memory sucks. Mayweather called Mosley out when Mosley was fighting 154 even went to a Mosley fight too. I am no longer a Mayweather fan but that's what happened. But I can't be mad you thoughts the 2nd round would do it because you were close lol

  • I personally believe what make Floyd the greatest boxer of all times is:Not using drugs and Alcohol for his entire career.Never missing weightHe was dedicated to the sport of boxing for 20 plus yesHe was on top for 20 plus yearsHe beating all championsHe was always on top of his gameHe went up in weight anf beat the

  • I don’t agree with mayweather waiting for pacquiao to get old. Didn’t pacquiao refuse the fight around the Clottey fight because of random drug testing. Scared of needles.. feels too weak when they draw blood

  • Paul William's is easily the worst matchup for floyd. Long left althete. You're tripping. Floyd probably wins but that is clearly his toughest matchup on the outside looking in. The numbers on that tale of the tape matter.

  • Floyd is an all timer, no doubt. Fun question – how would he do vs Sugar Ray Leonard or Thomas Hearns? Or Roberto Duran?

  • oh if he loses the castillo fight then he retires earlier, which would of been great for boxing. am i right/

  • He's undeniably one of the goats but that doesn't change the fact that the majority of his fights are boring plus he's an asshole outside of the ring!

  • The only issue I have with Floyd's career is, claiming a record of 50-0 ……… No way should the McGregor fight be counted as anything but a circus exhibition…….. Other than that, he's one of the greats.

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