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
Floyd was faster, stronger, bigger, every intangible you can imagine Floyd had the advantage. He beat Marquez unmercifully, but that is the past. Maybe he needed a tune-up fight, one with a good name and a championship under his belt to pummel. I’ll give that to him, most boxers need a good tune-up fight after a long lay-off, so no quills here. I have been a long time Mayweather fan, I remember when he demolished Angel Manfreddy back in the day and I was amazed at his boxing ability. He would make Angel miss, slipping a few punches then unload on him. Knocked him out in two rounds. That win was his first defense of the WBC Super Featherweight Title.
Now, today, Floyd is a Welterweight. He is a Welterweight in a Golden Era of Welterweights. He had his tune-up fight and I feel it is time. Time for him to fight the Champions of the Welterweight Division. He has a whole line-up to choose from, and all are dying for a crack at the Pretty Boy Floyd. The only thing is, Floyd is not responding. Sugar Shane Mosely has been calling him out since the day he announced his “un-retirement”, and right now Shane is a Welterweight Champion. Sugar Shane even went as far as going into the ring, after Mayweathers win against Marquez, taking the Mic and proclaiming his intentions for a fight with Floyd. Floyd is declining all of Mosely’s invitations to get it on in the ring, claiming “he had his chance to fight me“. I think it will make for a great fight, but a fight Floyd is avoiding. Okay, I’ll give him that, he did have his chance back at the beginning of the decade but it never materialized. But there are other Welterweight Champs, including Miguel Cotto (who is fighting Manny Paqquiao on NOV 14). Floyd ducked Cotto opting to retire back in ‘07, this was a fight Cotto wanted and the fans wanted. Supposedly Floyd wanted the fight as well, but couldn’t get the money he wanted so he retired. I don’t know how true that is, but that is what is being said.
Here is the point I want to make. Floyd, you claim to be the best. You even go as far to say that all roads lead to Floyd Mayweather. I know Pac and Cotto are fighting in Nov, but you can have your pick of all of these few I am about to name. These are the cream of the crop, including the most avoided man in boxing, Paul “The Punisher” Williams. Take a pick of one of these and you will not hear any complains about you picking a smaller man to fight, or an over the hill boxer you want to fight. This is your time to shine, and I know you want to be the star you know you can be. You have taken a lot of criticism for the weight antics you pulled in your last fight. Lets erase that. The boxing world is waiting for two things right now. The Cotto-Pacquiao bout, and who your next opponent will be.
1) Paul “The Punisher”Williams: This fight is ripe. He was scheduled to fight Pavlik in Dec, but as of right now Pav has pulled out because of his recurring hand infection. They call him the most dangerous and avoided man in boxing. Are you up for the challenge? Personally I think Paul is the #1 LB for LB Boxer out there. This would have the boxing world buzzing and erase any notion that you only pick “the easy fights”. Record 37-1 (27 knockouts)
2)Andre Berto: He is fast, undefeated and untested. He is also the WBC Welterweight Champion. He is supposed to unify the belts with Mosley, but nothing is official yet. All you have to do is say the word and this fight will be made. If you beat him, you have just beaten an up and coming lion. Record 25-0 (19 knockouts)
3) “Sugar” Shane Mosley: He has been on your case since Day 1 of your “un-retirement”. It has been almost non stop and close to pathetic on how bad he wants to fight you. “Sugar” has the WBA Welterweight Championship Belt and I think it would be a great fight and make some pretty good money. A devestating win would put you over the top against anyone. Record 46-5 (39 knockouts)
4) Joshua Clottey: He took Miguel Cotto to the brink. Most ringside observers had Clottey winning the fight. he is tough and a fight against him would prove that you will take on all challengers. Record 35-3 (20 knockouts)
5) Antonio Margarito: Some call him Antonio Margacheato after they found his gloves were loaded. He used to be the most avoided man in boxing, but after Shane KO’d him he has been relegated to the sidelines. This would be a huge fight in Las Vegas or Mexico City since he will bring the Mexican Fans to the gate. He has a high work rate, is taller, and supposedly punches harder than you (with or without loaded gloves). It will be a step-up from the Marquez fight and he is itching to get back in the ring. This fight can easily be made with one phone call from you. Record 37-6 (27 knockouts)
6)Miguel Cotto: A few people say you avoided this young lion, and rather than fight him, you decided to retire. I don’t know how true that is, but I think it would be a good fight. He has Pacquiao on the horizon (NOV 14) but if he beats the Pac-Man, this should be a logical choice. The only thing I see getting in the way is his promoter. But for the sake of boxing, and your legacy, I hope you can resolve differences and get this fight made. Record 34-1 (27 knockouts)
7) Manny “Pac-Man” Pacquiao- This is the fight fans want to see. I still think he will be the smaller man in the ring since he is only, like 5-6, but he is the #1 lb for lb boxer out there. It would be a good match up since he will bring an aggressive style. He annihilated Oscar in 8 rounds (you won a split decision against him) and he destroyed Ricky Hatton in two rounds (it took you ten). The only thing with this fight is, if you decide to fight him, and you win, I can hear everyone saying that you were picking on a smaller man. Record 49-3 (37 knockouts)
Floyd, I hope you decide to pick one of these fighters for you next fight. I think it is true though, all roads lead to Floyd Mayweather. We can only hope that the road isn’t forced to detour and exit.
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