Mayweather Jr. is an All-Time Great!
(Photo credit: Casino/Showtime) By Raymond Riggins: I’m a huge boxing fan, and couldn’t help but read the article on this site about Floyd Mayweather Jr. (44-0, 26 KO’s) not being an all-time great. I mean this is crazy. What does it takes to be an all-time great?
It seems to me in order for him not to become an all-time great he’d have to lose. Mayweather’s 12 round unanimous decision victory over Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero (31-2-1, 18 KO’s) this past Saturday was flawless. He showed he still has his speed, great footwork, excellent defensive skills and is as sharp as a needle.
The media built Robert Guerrero up and Mayweather tore him down. Now, I did notice Kostya Tszyu, Oscar De La Hoya, Shane Mosley and Miguel Cotto’s names were thrown in there. Mayweather/Tszyu would have been a great fight, but I don’t recall Tszyu ever calling out Floyd.
In the Mayweather-De La Hoya fight, Floyd fought De La Hoya where the Golden Boy was comfortable. As for Mosley, he didn’t stick to the game plan. The fake to the body and straight right hand buckled Mayweather, but Floyd fought like a champ and was victorious. And as for Cotto, that was by far the best Cotto I’ve seen throughout his career.
That fight will forever be a classic. Now Boxing News 24, tell me this: Manny Pacquiao fought these same three guys, De La Hoya was clearly drained and out of shape, Mosley was by far in over his head, and Cotto was very drained as well.
So my question is, why is Manny more praised for his victories over these guys rather than Floyd? It seems crazy to me. Another issue is the Saul “Canelo” Alvarez situation. Like really, the world wants Mayweather beaten so bad that they would let a guy like Canelo, who on fight night would be a light heavyweight fight Floyd.
Like seriously, is his streak that important!!? Matter of fact, why is Golden Boy babysitting Canelo? They constantly put him in the ring with blown up welterweights.
In his fight against Austin Trout, it showed me a lot about Canelo. I mean, I thought the fight was a lot closer than the judges scored it, but for the first time a fighter made Canelo back up. He had to work harder. I mean you got guys like WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin calling him out but Canelo would rather fight Floyd.
My point is, you can’t compare Mayweather to Sugar Ray Leonard, Muhammad Ali, Rocky Marciano, or Mike Tyson. Those guys were great in their own right and time. But in this day and age he stands alone as one of The All Time Greats… Just look at what he’s accomplished. You know the facts.