Floyd Mayweather: Greatest of all time?

Amari M.

Staff Writer

Floyd Mayweather is a 38 year old American professional boxer with a record of 48 wins and 0 losses or ties. Despite the fact that he has no losses and has won multiple championships in multiple weight classes throughout his career, Mayweather is subject to arguably more criticism than any other athlete out there. He does not seem to get the credit he deserves. Regardless of the criticism, Mayweather maintains one of the most impressive boxing records of all time, proving time and time again that he is the greatest pound for pound boxer of all time.

Floyd Mayweather has been a force of nature since he started boxing at age 14. As an amateur, Mayweather had a very impressive record of 84 wins and 6 losses, winning a majority of his fights by knockout. As an amateur boxer, Mayweather built up a reputation as a dangerous fighter. His amateur teammates would often call him “Pretty Boy” because Mayweather did not have any marks or scars. He avoided hits by using a move called a shoulder roll that very few boxers have perfected, which allows him to dodge punches very easily. WHS sophomore Michael Bosah said, “Nobody maywhattttttcan really hit Mayweather, so really no one can beat him.” Mayweather won Golden Glove awards in 1993, 1994, and 1996. When he was in the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, he won a silver medal, missing the gold due to controversial decision.

In Mayweather’s first professional fight in 1996, he knocked out Robert Apodaca in two rounds, making his mark in the World Boxing Council (WBC). Mayweather went on to win most of his ensuing fights by knockout or technical knockout (TKO), meaning the fight had to be stopped. Before he had even spent two years in the pros, Mayweather won his first title against Genaro Hernandez. He won by an eighth round TKO and was ranked Ring’s #1 fighter in the world. It was his first championship in the featherweight division, making him lineal champion of the division.

Mayweather went on to win many more championships in multiple divisions, including light middleweight, super featherweight, welterweight, super welterweight and light welterweight. He has vacated multiple titles by moving weight classes or simply just getting rid of them so others could have a chance. Mayweather has held 11 world title belts and has been the lineal champion of five different divisions, the first fighter ever to do so. WHS freshman Taylor Hill said, “His titles kind of prove he’s the best in the division.” He has also been TIME magazine’s fighter of the year in 2006 and has been ranked number one in RING magazine’s pound for pound greatest boxers of all time.

However, Mayweather is often been accused of ducking fights or running away from fighters. A prime example of this is the Manny Pacquiao fight negotiations in 2009, where Pacquiao did not agree at first to fight due to a part of the contract that allowed for anytime drug testing. Many people thought that Mayweather was scared to fight Pacquiao due to the risk of blemishing his perfect record. Yet, every single fight that Mayweather has been accused of ducking, he has proposed the contract to the other fighter. Thus, this was just misdirected; Mayweather constantly shows that he will fight anyone at anytime. Plus, he wound up fighting Pacquiao on May 2, 2015, winning by unanimous decision.

No other fighter has accomplished what Mayweather has as a fighter. The highest paid boxer of all time, Mayweather has fought legends like Pacquiao and Oscar dela Hoya and has defeated them. No other fighter has had a record nearly as impressive as his, considering his opponents. Mayweather also has perfected multiple styles of boxing that ensure a victory in every fight, making him the only fighter in history to allow an average of less than 10 punches landed on him per round. This is another reason his record stands.

Finally, Mayweather has proven time and time again that he cannot be beaten. WHS teacher Darrah Smith said, “Well, if no one can beat him, then he has to be the best.” He has faced some of the best in the business and has downed them every time. He has won more awards than any other fighter in history and has consistently stayed in elite physical shape, unlike other fighters who have been claimed the greatest, such as Ali or Tyson. Mayweather has been boxing since he was nine, and it has paid off, as he has proven that he is indeed the greatest fighter of all time.

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