Did you know that Floyd Mayweather, popularly known as ‘Money’ was a welterweight boxer?
Yes, the now retired boxer weighed (68kg) which is slightly above 147 lb / 66.68 kg required for the welterweight category. A boxer has to weigh above 200 lb / 90.72 kg to be eligible for the heavyweight class.
In boxing, weight is important. Weight range determines class and the titles a boxer could win.
Hence, Mayweather would not dare challenge a 28 year old British Nigerian professional boxer, Anthony Joshua, because the class is different. Joshua, who won the 2012 Olympic super heavyweight gold medal is a unified world titleholder. Arguably, he is the biggest sports stars in the United Kingdom and could probably become the biggest star in all of boxing. Last year April, he retired former champion Wladimir Klitschko with an 11th-round knockout victory in London. He is capable of that. Carlos Takam of France was also beaten in Wales, on Knockout.
If Joshua could beat Wladimir Klitschko, then a welterweight Mayweather should be an easy opponent. Mayweather defeated Conor McGregor on August 26, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA for a WBC Money Belt specially made for the fight. The crossover match was a big payday for the retired Mayweather. Nothing more!
Mayweather said of the fight, “This was my last fight. Tonight, ladies and gentlemen, for sure I chose the right dance partner to dance with. Conor McGregor, you are a hell of a champion.” He added, “He’s a tough competitor and I think we gave the fans what they wanted to see. I owed them for the Pacquiao fight. I must come straight ahead and give the fans a show, and that’s what I gave them.” From his statements, it can be argued that the match was just a successful show, Mayweather knew McGregor could not defeat him. The Irishman is not a boxer, and was only trained to be one in few months.
McGregor felt the fight was stopped prematurely, but nevertheless respected the decision and admitted he was tired. No boxer would be so tired like him when the fight was just on round 4. Mayweather agreed with the stoppage, and explained that he avoided inflicting more damage on McGregor to protect him from brain damage, saying “He has a career. You know, he still has a career… (It could’ve been) very damaging.”
Almost all of the lucrative PPV (Pay Per View) events in the past few years have been around this weight (Welterweight). A lot of boxing’s best up and coming fighters are in this division. Maybe this has been apparent to everyone else for a while, but it honestly just donned on how dominant the welterweight division is in the boxing landscape. Hence, the hype surrounding the retired man.
Mayweather is widely regarded as the greatest defensive boxer of all-time. A defensive counter-puncher, given the nickname ‘Pretty Boy’ early into his career, because of his extraordinary ability to avoid taking damage in his fights. He hardly ever stands squarely across from his opponents and dodges a large number of punches with his famous ‘shoulder-roll’ technique.
His fair share. Mayweather has won the WBC super featherweight, lightweight and super lightweight titles. He has won the IBF welterweight title and the WBO welterweight title.
He has also won the WBC welterweight and light middleweight titles, as well as the WBA (super) light middleweight and (super) welterweight titles. He has been The Ring lightweight, welterweight (twice) and light middleweight champion.
He has plenty awards too. According to BBC, “Mayweather was named The Ring’s Fighter of the Year in 1998 and 2007; ESPN’s Fighter of the Year in 2007 and 2013; and Sports Illustrated’s Fighter of the Year in 2015. In 2016 ESPN named Mayweather the greatest pound-for-pound boxer of the last 25 years, while The Ring named him the 12th greatest boxer since World War II.”
Mayweather topped the Forbes and Sports Illustrated lists of the 50 highest-paid athletes of 2012 and 2013 respectively, for example, and also topped the Forbes list in 2014, 2015 and 2017.
Still, he would not challenge a heavyweight Anthony!
Differences between Mayweather and Joshua
Mayweather won 50 fights; 27 by knockout and 23 by decision while Joshua already won 20 fights, all by knockout. That is something, noting that Klitschko was knocked-out too.
At Olympic level for their countries, Floyd won a bronze medal (featherweight) at 1996 Atlanta Olympics while Anthony won Gold (super-heavyweight) at 2012 London Olympics.
Floyd has won more fights and more titles than Anthony, but Anthony’s worth is more than his. Weight is golden.
However, Floyd’s greatness cannot be challenged, he is one hell of a boxer and Anthony has a lot to do to cement his status as one the greatest boxers.
JOSHUA VS PARKER (Winner-Takes-All)
If Anthony can continue his knockout run against his next opponent (New Zealand’s Joseph Parker on March 31), he is edging closer to been ranked higher than Mayweather on the list of top greatest boxers. It took Mayweather 19 years.
Anthony Joshua and Joseph Parker will both put their heavyweight world title belts on the line in the first major boxing bout of 2018 this weekend.
Parker, 26, is putting his WBO belt on the line while Joshua, 28, is defending his WBA and IBF titles in a winner-takes-all fight.
Anthony is the favourite to win against parker. In sports, anything can happen but in boxing, it often happens – Anthony should beat Parker somewhere before the 11th round.
While Mayweather might be more experienced than Anthony, he would not dare challenge him because by the rules of boxing, Anthony is probably better.