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Floyd Mayweather: Record and accomplishments speak volumes

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Pound-for-pound king and RING Magazine/WBC/ WBA Welterweight Champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. will rematch Marcos Maidana (35-4, 31 KOs) tonight.

Will Floyd keep his perfect record of 46-0-26 KOs in tact?

(Image courtesy of Showtime)

According to rumors, a Mayweather win may set-up one or two mega showdowns with superstar Manny Pacquiao next year. If Floyd wins tonight and retires undefeated but doesn't fight Manny, people will say,"He had a perfect record but didn't fight Pacquiao."

And yes, if Mayweather vs Pacquiao never comes to fruition it would be disappointing.

But regardless of what happens tonight or next year, Floyd Mayweather's record and achievements speak for themselves.

He is undoubtedly one of the greatest fighters ever.

A 1996 Olympics Bronze medalist, Mayweather has showcased exceptional skill and speed against boxing's best. He is difficult to hit cleanly and is perhaps the most accomplished defensive fighter ever. Offensively, he's showcased fine accuracy and ring intelligence and, although he is often criticized for his perceived lack of power, Floyd packs a formidable punch. Ask the rugged Ricky Hatton who was stopped by Mayweather in 2007.

Perhaps Floyd is a little too consumed with his pristine record, but given the level of his opposition, he has a lot to be proud of. He's defeated the likes of Oscar De La Hoya (then 38-4), Ricky Hatton (then 43-0), Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez (then 42-0-1), Diego Corrales (then 33-0), Genaro Hernandez (then 38-1-1), Zab Judah (then 34-3), Juan Manuel Marquez (then 50-4-1), Miguel Cotto (then 37-2), Shane Mosley (46-5) and, of course, Marcos Maidana (then 35-3) last May.

Not exactly chopped liver.

Is there another fight today with a more impressive list of opponents? Perhaps Pacquiao's list is just as good but it certainly doesn't surpass Floyd's.

Jose Luis Castillo
Some will insist Mayweather should have lost his first fight against Jose Luis Castillo in 2002 but not only did Floyd win a unanimous decision, he gave Castillo an immediate rematch which he also won unanimously. In their two bouts, Floyd won on all six scorecards.

If you're watching tonight's card, don't forget you're looking at one of the greatest of all-time.

Floyd Mayweather facts
  • 46-0, 26 KO
  • Knockouts-to-fights ratio - 57% (Yes, Floyd has KO'd most of his opponents)
  • Has won 8 world titles in 5 weight classes
  • Consensus top pound-for-pound fighter in the world
  • Record of 23-0 (10 KOs) in world title fights and 21-0 (7 KOs) against former or current world titlists
  • Boxing Writers Association of America Fighter of the Year (2007, 2013)
  • The Ring Magazine Fighter of the Year (1998, 2007)
  • Highest paid athlete in the world 2007, 2010, 2012, 2013 and 2014


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