Via Ken Hissner: Five-tier world champion Floyd “Money” Mayweather has won many fans and lost many as he ended his official career 50-0!
By breaking the record of one of the most beloved boxers in boxing history, Rocky Marciano, who held the record 49-0 from 1956 to 2017 when Mayweather broke it brought home the results. good and bad.
Whoever decided to let Mayweather break the record and retire by defeating Connor “Notorious” McGregor of Ireland, the MMA champion who had never competed in boxing, was the wrong decision.
Mayweather had an exhibition after his fight with McGregor in Japan. Why it’s an exhibit, and the McGregor fight isn’t considered an exhibit, is a question. It is noted that Mayweather earns more money than any other boxer in the history of the sport.
It was obvious that he only delivered three punches a round in six rounds and then opened the door to McGregor that Mayweather had knocked out his novice opponent.
Just as Marciano’s 49-0 record was built after a questionable split decision against Roland La Starza in their first match in 1950 when he was 25-0 down, Mayweather’s was built on a questionable decision against Jose Louis Castillo in 2002 when he was leading 27-0. Marciano didn’t rematch La Starza for three years, while Mayweather let Castillo rematch in his next fight eight months later.
It has been rumored that Mayweather will return to the ring for several years but at the age of 45 there are still many doubts. Marciano had been coaching for three years after retiring when Floyd Patterson lost the title to Ingemar Johansson of Sweden to “bring the title back to America”, which was short-lived as Patterson won. in the rematch against Johansson.
Former world champion Aaron “Hawk” Pryor retired 36-0 only to return to the ring more than three years later, most likely for financial reasons, losing for the first and only time. Mayweather certainly won’t return, but if he does, it won’t be for economic reasons either.
Marciano’s 49-0 record was matched and even broken by boxer Julio Cesar Chavez, who drew 87-0 with Pernell “Sweet Pea” Whitaker and then lost to Frankie “Surgeon.” Randall when he was at 89-0-1. . A little-known boxer outside of Italy, Nino La Rocca, was 56-0 when he lost for the first time in 1984. Few people know that Denmark’s “Super” Brian Nielsen was already the 49-0 when he lost for the first time in 1999.
Mayweather is a great defensive boxer but not one that is as appealing to fans as Marciano. For those who like a pure boxer, they love Mayweather. Few fighters are liked by all fans but a few exceptions might be Joe “The Brown Bomber” Louis and Manny “Pac Man” Pacquiao.
One of Mayweather’s odd victories was against Oscar “Golden Boy” De La Hoya when he was leading 37-0, winning decisively. The second man controlled the fight with his jab for eight rounds, then abruptly stopped using it, which cost him the win.
After the match, De La Hoya was interviewed by Larry Merchant and asked, “your stab controlled the game, so why did you stop using it in later rounds?” His reply was, “it’s definitely working, isn’t it, Larry?” Ringside commentator in the ring Manny Steward said the same thing many of us thought: “I’ve known Oscar for a long time, but that’s not a good answer!”
Like Mayweather or not, he’s going to be one of the greatest boxers of all time, especially based on his 50-0 record. Even though Marciano had a 49-0 record, they never said he was the best even in his own league because the likes of Louis and Muhammad “I am the greatest” Ali. To say Mayweather is the best when you compare him to the best “Sugar” Ray Robinson of all time, he’s clearly not the best.