Fighters of the decade: Floyd Mayweather
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In the second of our series discussing who was the greatest boxer of the last decade, Callum Rudge makes the case for Floyd 'Money' Mayweather...
When considering who was the fighter of the decade, there are a number of factors one has to consider; win/loss ratio, calibre of those wins, titles accumulated and overall impact on the sport.
Floyd Mayweather boxed ten times in the last decade (about the same as Gary Russell Jr) and won every single bout, beating four guaranteed future Hall of Famers and other top fighters who had totalled 30 sanctioning body and 9 lineal world titles between them.
Mayweather won five world titles in the decade and was lineal champion in two divisions simultaneously for the majority of that time also (and still is, if you go by Tyson Fury’s logic).
Getting away from the numbers, he beat Shane Mosley when Manny Pacquiao didn’t want to fight ‘Sugar Shane’, Robert Guerrero when Floyd was fresh out of prison, a rejuvenated Miguel Cotto who after their great fight went on to win the lineal title at middleweight and twice beat Marcos Maidana, who was in the form of his life.
To top it all off he won pretty much every round vs future P4P king Canelo Alvarez and then finally beat his long time rival Manny Pacquiao - wins that look better every day as both men are still at the top of the sport.
Mayweather was so good that people wanted him to fight career middleweight Gennady Golovkin or buy a DeLorean so he could go back in time and fight Tommy Hearns. He made so much money that he could have probably done the latter if he wanted to.
And all of this whilst smashing every PPV and money earning record multiple times.
Mayweather will never be everyone’s cup of tea - his style and his personality guarantees that.
But one thing that can’t be denied is his record, a clean 50-0 (if you’re going to ignore Conor McGregor then ignore half of Julio Cesar Chavez Snr’s record too).
So while you can try to find an asterisk in that record, you’re best off tipping your hat to the best of the 2010s and one of the best to ever lace up.