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