Floyd Mayweather, Jr: the champion of champions
Floyd Mayweather will be remembered as the most defensive and tactical fighter in generations. But as to whether he is the best boxer to have ever lived, will always be a question for the world to answer.
Floyd Mayweather has proven that he is indeed a champion among many great champions in tactical boxing. And a top dog among his competitors. In the most anticipated boxing fight in ten years, Floyd Mayweather defeated Manny Pacquiao by unanimous decision to win the unified world welterweight titles in their twelve-round title bout.
This win brings Floyd’s boxing record to 48-0. Watching him many times after previous wins, Floyd Mayweather leaves no stone unturned to thank both his fans and critics. Often in a somewhat awkward but truthful way.
” I thank all of you for coming to watch this fight. I also thank those at home watching via pay-per-view. And all my fans and critics all around the world. I know some of you came to support me, and others came to see me beaten. But whatever your intentions are, all of you have greatly supported me over these wonderful years,” he says.
Indeed, for a boxer to remain undefeated for over two decades in his career, there is always the tendency for boxing enthusiasts to look forward to the next grand champion willingly. The next big fights. And the next knockout thriller in the boxing ring with new skills.
Floyd Mayweather – the best ever?
But Floyd Mayweather seems to have dominated the boxing of his generation. Unbeaten, relentless and unapologetic, the superstar’s achievements have most often baffled boxing lovers.
“I am the best ever,” he resounds.
Floyd Mayweather has compared himself with the legendary Mohamed Ali, whom most people credit to be the best boxer to have ever lived. Floyd believes he is the best boxer among the best awarded prestigious boxing titles. But whether this claim is acceptable or not, the boxing world will never forget Floyd Mayweather as an unbeatable athlete in his twenty years career. The successful wins are also achievements no boxer in his generation has ever been able to claim.
At 38 years old, Floyd Mayweather doesn’t appear to have slowed down very much in the boxing ring. With three successive wins within 18 months, the superstar’s retirement is far to see. There are speculations, that perhaps, Floyd is working towards breaking, the record of Rocky Marciano who had 49-0 wins at the end of his boxing career. And just two more wins for Mayweather will be the tiebreaker.
Floyd Mayweather started his professional career at the tender age of 17 years old. Before this time, his father, Floyd Mayweather Sr. had always carried him to see boxing training and matches when he was just a boy.
Floyd Mayweather with unified titles
Floyd Mayweather won his first professional fight in 1996 as a super featherweight champion. In 1998, he also won his first world title as the WBC Super Feather Weight champion.
He moved up in boxing ranks from super featherweight to lightweight, welterweight, light middleweight, a return to welterweight, and also a return to light-middleweight. He also fought in the third return in a light-middleweight division and a welterweight unification bout.
His professional boxing record is 48 wins with 26 knockouts and 22 decisions. He has no losses or draws. And he is a five-division world champion. He has won eleven world titles and a lineal championship in four different weight classes.
He will be remembered as the most defensive and tactical fighter in many generations. But whether he is the best boxer to have ever lived will always be a question for the world to answer.
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Enoch Antwi is the managing editor at The Business Frontal. He worked as a business and an environmental journalist in the late 1990s with the Business and Financial Times. His passion is to provide on-demand valuable information and insights on business, entrepreneurship, leadership, innovative technologies, and principles for corporate success in today's business world.