Boxing, to the average fan, has always been a sport most people associated with knockouts.
Anyone born in the 60s,70s, and even 80s were boxing fans in large part from watching Mike Tyson end fights before you could take your second sip of beer.
Older people always talk about how great Cassius Clay (Mohammed Ali) was before he went to prison for refusing to go fight “the white man’s war”. The Sugar Ray Leonard, Tommy Hearns, and Roberto Duran Era, during the 70s and 80s, many boxing experts don’t give fighters of the welterweight division outside of that era of being one of the best or in fact the best.
When talking about the best fighter of all time, from my understanding that position is determined by your body or work, impact on the sport, success, and pure dominance of the sport. It isn’t supposed to be determined by what type of person you are outside of the ring.
The best record, combined with how many world titles you’ve won, how many world titles fights your were in, what was your impact, and how much money you made while doing that. There is one name that fits all of that and nobody it close. Floyd Mayweather Jr.
We all know what Floyd Mayweather did in the ring. 50-0, undefeated, barely lost rounds during fights, never officially been knocked down, although as a Floyd fan, I have to admit his glove did touch the canvas versus Zab Judah on that Judah left hand, never been knocked out, rarely got hit clean, and really was rarely challenged. Pretty boy Floyd in is 125,130,135 days was knocking heads off.
People talk about how Floyd runs and he doesn’t knock anyone out, he’s boring, but most people don’t know during the early 2000s Floyd was breaking his hands after every fight. He had really brittle hands, he had to figure out how to still dominate and save his hands.
People talked about how Floyd ducked fighters, or fought fighters when they were too old, or too young. All falsely created narratives, Floyd fought De la Hoya after he beat up Steve Forbes really bad and became champion again. Floyd beat Oscar and after the boxing critics say Oscar was too old. Manny Pacquiao beats him a few years later and gets praised for ending Oscars career. Floyd beat Sugar Shane Mosley after Mosley dominates Margarito, again comes the “Floyd fought Shane when Shane was too old, he ducked him before then”. Another false narrative.
Most people don’t remember when Floyd was calling out Shane Mosley, and Oscar De La Hoya in 1999, 2000 and they both told him he wasn’t a big enough name. Manny beats Shane Mosley a few years after Floyd did and he gets all the praise for beating an even older Shane Mosley. Matter of fact
Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao fought the same fighters for a stretch, with the exception of Floyd didn’t fight Anotion Margarito, and Joshua Clottey. The bother fought and beat: Oscar De La Hoya, Ricky Hatton, Shane Mosley, Miguel Cotto, Juan Manuel Marquez, but the critics and Floyd haters swear he didn’t fight anybody.
Floyd then beats Canelo Alvarez. They say Canelo was too young.
Floyd beats Manny and they say Manny was injured and Floyd waited until Manny was old to fight him, when in reality Floyd is two year older than Manny. On top of that, Manny is the one who said no to the fight in 2011 because he said the random blood tests would make him weak for the fight if he got blood drawn within two weeks. Then he agrees to the tests years later.
Nobody found that odd on why he changed his mind on something that would supposedly weaken him before performing in a sport where you could be killed in? Floyd was the A side he deserved more money than Manny, Floyd’s pay per view numbers were way bigger than Pac Man’a during both their reigns.
Floyd learned that when he fought Oscar, he took the smaller pursue of 20 million while Oscar got 50-60 million, but its only wrong when Floyd does it. At the time Oscar was the pay per view king.
We haven’t even touched on the other part of this argument. We talked about Floyd’s dominance, his resume, we can add his 24-0 record versus current and former World champions, his perfect record, which is most all time, beat legendary fighters like Manny Pacquiao, Canelo Alvarez, Sugar Shane Mosley, Miguel Cotto, Oscar De la Hoya, Juan Manuel Marquez, Diego Corrales, and being the best defensive fighter ever, holding his opponents to an average of 17 percent of their punches landed on him, while he landed 43 percent of his punches.
The most difficult, most elusive fighter ever, all while being able to hit you when he wanted. His impact and how he changed boxing in terms of controlling your own career, promoting yourself and making the most money possible? Who else made 700 million dollars as a boxer? How many endorsements did Floyd have? None! Floyd made 700 million off of boxing. Yes he has other incomes, investments, businesses, but he made the most of his money off of boxing.
He was with Top Rank and BoB Arum, and fought on HBO. The 24/7 series HBO had that showed each fighters camps before the fight, and the overall build up, Floyd created that show. When Floyd left HBO, HBO went on a downward spiral. They don’t even show fights anymore because Mayweather took his business to Showtime, and now was making big purses, along with getting paid off of promotion, pay per view buys, and other ways.
Floyd has done everything in the ring to be called the greasiest ever, beat everyone, never loss, made the most money, changed the way boxing business is conducted, but most people don’t give it to him because of his flamboyant, luxurious lifestyle.
Most people don’t like Floyd Mayweather because they feel he don’t do enough charity or don’t give back to the community enough, or isn’t vocal politically, don’t speak on black issues. All of that may be true, but what does that have to do with what type of fighter he was or how good?
Floyd’s domestic violence case didn’t help his case either, him getting into it with his father and his estranged relationship with his father, and his antics building up the hype to a fight, Mayweather is hated on for reasons outside of boxing. Ali was great, beat everyone in front of him, but he had 5 losses. He was knocked out a few times. Some will hate that I wrote that, but those are facts.
Sugar Ray Robinson, Sugar Ray Leonard, Mike Tyson, Caesar Chavez, Roberto Duran, Rocky Marciano, Bernard Hopkins, Roy Jones Jr, Lennox Lewis, all great fights, but none of them are undefeated, none of them made a billion dollars off of boxing, none of them beat the most world champions, none of them can say they were never really challenged in a fight, while changing how boxers conduct business in boxing all at the same time.
I’ll say it once, I’ll say it twice, Floyd Mayweather, is the greatest of all time.!