Floyd Mayweather vs Crawford or Spence? Bad ideaWritten by Lee Cleveland
Following his KO win of UFC superstar Conor McGregor last weekend, fight legend Floyd Mayweather vowed to never return to the ring.
Of course, he's unretired several times already. Although this time it seems to be for good.
But should he, for whatever reason, decide to return to face an elite opponent, it would be a bad idea considering how he looked Saturday.
Mayweather vs young studs like Errol Spence or Terence Crawford would - or should - be out of the question.
"What we saw was Conor McGregor’s exceptional quality as a fighter on the one hand and Floyd Mayweather’s age secondarily. I don’t want to take anything away from Conor - but also Floyd at the age of 40 has to stop fighting," famed boxing commentator Max Kellerman told BoxingScene.com.
"There are a lot of young fighters, several at least, who would have knocked Floyd out on Saturday night. I know he wouldn’t have fought them the exact same way but that Floyd doesn’t go the distance with Terence Crawford, maybe not with Errol Spence. There are a bunch of young guys who would have beaten him up that night. That’s enough, he’s retiring at the perfect time."
Was the 40-year-old Mayweather purposely fighting at Conor's level or has he slipped that much?
Even if Mayweather wasn't dominant because he was trying to give the fans a good show, he didn't look particularly quick or sharp when he went on the attack in Rounds 9 and 10 to knockout his foe.
In his defense, it had been two years since he'd last fought so some ring rust was to be expected. But, c'mon, this is Floyd Mayweather. Even a 40-year-old compromised version of Floyd should have been able to take out Conor in Round 9 when he went for the knockout, right?
Many of us hardcore fans didn't think Floyd was trying his best sans the last two rounds, but remained confident throughout Floyd would register the knockout.
However, I don't think anyone anticipated we'd see in Mayweather a flat-footed "plodder" with average or barely above average speed.
Earlier this summer, Floyd warned us he'd lost a few steps and hinted he'd noticeably deteriorated since his most recent bout which took place two years ago against Andre Berto. Some of us thought he was trying to sell the fight but perhaps there was some truth to that.
The axiom 'got old overnight' probably wouldn't fit here as Floyd hadn't boxed in two years. However, from the looks of the McGregor fight, he appears to have gotten old fast.
Most aging fighters, of course, decline gracefully and over time a la Muhammad Ali. But fighters have been known to ‘hit a brick wall’ when no one saw it coming. Roy Jones Jr is a fine example.
Let's hope we've seen the last of Floyd Mayweather in a boxing ring.
Although his approach would have been vastly different had he faced Errol Spence or Terence Crawford last week, I'm not sure today's version of the best possible Money May lasts the distance against either of those fellas.