Floyd Mayweather Jr, The Dilemma

To be the Best, You must fight the best.

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Let me first start out by saying, Floyd Mayweather Jr. is a phenomenal fighter

.  He has won the Golden Gloves as an amateur, a bronze medal in the 1996 Olympics and has won 6 world boxing championships in five different weight classes (some say seven depending on what belts you take into consideration).  He is an undefeated fighter with a record of 40 wins (25 by knockout) and zero losses.  He has beaten a who’s who of boxing including Oscar De La Hoya, Ricky Hatton, Zab Judah and Arturo Gatti.  A defensive wizard who can throw lightning fast combinations on a moments notice.  I once saw him throw a 5 punch combo in the same amount of time it took his opponent to throw 1 punch.  At the height of his popularity, after defeating Ricky Hatton, it seemed the opportunities were endless for this future Hall Of Famer.  Then he retired.  I have no quills with that.  He retired at the top of his game, still had all his senses, and he had millions of dollars in the bank.  I guarantee you he will be a 1st term Hall of Fame entry just by the aforementioned facts. 

Here’s the dilemma.  Two years after his retirement, Floyd is back.  He made his presence known by severely outclassing Juan Manual Marquez, where Floyd literally won every round.  It was an amazing display of boxing ability.  Here’s the deal though, Mayweather fought a lightweight, a blown up lightweight.  Although he was the Lightweight Champion, he was still a lightweight.  Not only that,  Floyd refused to go down to the agreed, contracted weight of 144 lbs.  Floyd weighed in under the mandated 147, right at 146 lbs and decided to pay an extra 600,000 dollars in fines to Juan Manual Marquez for the extra advantage.  Come fight night, Marquez weighed in at 143 and Floyd was close to 160.  The size advantage was clear in the ring

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  1. Posted October 22, 2009 at 4:46 am

    A great fighter

  2. Posted October 22, 2009 at 5:20 am

    Great article, rich with information! good read.

  3. Wasel
    Posted October 22, 2009 at 11:23 am

    Great article. Great Read. Totally agree…

  4. Jerome
    Posted October 22, 2009 at 2:44 pm

    Floyd needs to man up and fight Paul WIlliams…if he wants to be known as the greatest…

  5. Posted October 22, 2009 at 5:27 pm

    I am looking forward for him to fight against Manny “Pac-Man” Pacquiao. Manny will show Mayweather how we fight ‘filipino’ style =)

  6. diehard fan
    Posted October 22, 2009 at 6:47 pm

    pbf should have his balls and fight those guys

  7. blackfist
    Posted October 22, 2009 at 8:44 pm

    Nice article and nice take. But, you need to rethink a few points:

    1. Floyd weighed 146 when he fought JMM (not 147)
    2. Floyd has probably never weighed close to 160 – he was probably 154 while JMM was 152
    3. I’m sure Floyd hasn’t ducked ANYBODY. Ducking an opponent means avoiding a fight with them. I’m sure Floyd knows he could beat everyone you mentioned (except maybe Paul Williams because of his size and activity – but Floyd could probably stink out a win)
    4. The only thing standing in the way of Floyd fighting any of these guys is the money factor (and this will get in the way of him fighting Pac also – but I’m sure this fight would be one-sided and would lack the action that everyone hopes for)

  8. Posted October 23, 2009 at 12:02 pm

    Great fighter. You would definitely be a good sports writer. keep up the good work.

  9. Posted October 23, 2009 at 1:43 pm

    We all saw what Clottey did to Cotto. He just did not do enough. If Cotto beats Pacquiao…that is a no brainer. I do not know why Floyd would dodge this guy anyways. Clottey proabably won that fight and Mayweather is faster, stronger and simply better than Clottey. Mayweather would kill Cotto and just pck away at him…hard.

  10. Posted October 23, 2009 at 1:46 pm

    let me re-phrase. mayweather did not dodge cotto…he was not active enough in pursuing him. Sergio Mora and Felix Sturm dodge fighters.

  11. Posted October 26, 2009 at 5:08 am

    Nice read!

  12. Posted October 26, 2009 at 11:51 am

    May only the best man win! I have no beef with your creativity, its a great read. I’m just glad I’m not the fighter thats getting roasted or even toasted….just a Lil.

  13. Posted November 20, 2009 at 7:42 am

    great… looking informative

  14. Posted December 2, 2009 at 6:46 am

    Ahuh..another excellent review my friend :-)

  15. Posted April 25, 2010 at 8:20 pm

    What an awesome review with me not knowing much about boxing I found this to be an enjoyable article to read.

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