Is Floyd Mayweather one of the greatest or “a crafty cherry picker?” There is no criticizing Mayweather’s skills inside the ring but his hand chosen opponents is another story.
43-0, on top of the boxing world and yet he exploits that position to continue his dominance in the sport. Whether he demands they come to a specific weight, doesn’t make weight or just selects a over hyped and inferior opponent, hate it or love it, but this is what he does. However, most importantly and most interesting is who helps Floyd over hype his opponents? Shocking, none other than the “bible of boxing,” own by Oscar de la Hoya, The Ring magazine.
Trying to get my curiosity fix, I was looking at pound for pound lists the other day, I pulled up The Ring’s
site to surprisingly find that they have Canelo Alvarez ranked as #9 on their pound for pound list. This is insane to me! Canelo has one respectable win on his record which was a very close fight with Austin Trout. Before Trout, Canelo beat up a blown up junior welterweight in Josesito Lopez. Dumbfounded by this, I asked twitter world if they believed Alvarez was, “pound for pound.” Bryant Jennings, current heavyweight contender, replied, “There’s plenty fighters ahead of him in many weight classes. His spot is not solidified.” Then Ryan Bivins really opened up a can of words stating, “Should be noted that The RING has rated all Mayweather opponents in the top 10 pound for pound minus Ortiz & Cotto since Hatton in 2007.” For those of you who know who his last few fights were against this should seem ridiculous, right?
After defeating Ricky Hatton, Mayweather was out of the sport for almost 2 years. He came back after Juan Manuel Marquez called him out. Mayweather made Marquez move up to a catch weight of 144 lbs and at that time Marquez fought at 135 lbs. Despite the catch weight, Mayweather didn’t make weight coming in at 146. Needless to say, Marquez put on mostly water weight and was a shadow of himself against the bigger, stronger, and natural welter, Floyd Mayweather.
After Marquez’s defeat, Mayweather decided to take on the aged Hall of Famer, “Sugar” Shane Mosley. First of all, at this point in his career, Mosley had no place on a divisional top 10 let alone a pound for pound. If Sugar was in his prime the fight would have been amazing. The only decent punch Sugar landed shook Mayweather to his core and left him clinging for life. After that punch, Mayweather fought at a distance, boxed Mosleys head off and clearly won the fight with a unanimous decision.
Next on the chopping block was Victor Ortiz. He was coming off a big win against Andre Berto but really that was his only creditable win. Ortiz was still very green and no where ready to take on a fighter of Floyd’s caliber. Miguel Cotto was next to fall victim to Floyd’s method of taking on fighters that show their age. Since fighting Floyd, Cotto lost to Austin Trout and is hoping for a win against Delvin Rodriguez later this year. In an episode of HBO’s Face Off, Mayweather claimed that Pacquiao fought a weakened Cotto because they fought at a catch weight and Mayweather wanted Cotto at his best. Remember this because I will come back to this.
Back in May of this year, Robert Guerrero was Mayweather’s chosen foe. Guerrero had 2 fights at welterweight before taking on the pound for pound king. Just like Ortiz, he beat Andre Berto and his feeble attempt at a shoulder roll before getting the Mayweather lottery ticket. How Guerrero was ranked on The Ring’s pound for pound list is anyone’s guess.
Last, but certainly not least, is Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, whom Mayweather will take on this Saturday. Canelo is a strong young fighter who hasn’t seen tough competition aside from Austin Trout. During negotiations at first, both parties stood firm. Mayweather wanted Canelo to come down to 147lbs and Canelo wanted to fight at his weight, 154lbs, which is the weight division that Mayweather fought Cotto. They decided to meet at a catch weight of 152lbs. Mayweather said it was Canelo who offered 152 and Canelo blames Mayweather’s team for the catchweight. In my eyes, this makes Mayweather a huge hypocrite. Quick questions, so you didn’t want Cotto to be weakened or dehydrated but you want Canelo to be?” Someone is either scared of the young Mexican fighter or doesn’t believe in the shit he is selling!
After this fight, I’d really love to see Mayweather take on a actual pound for pound fighter, preferably Timothy Bradley or yes, you guessed it, Manny Pacquiao. Before boxingheads everywhere jump down my throat, I know he doesn’t want to do business with Bob Arum. However, the word is that Bradley is almost out of contract with Top Rank and Manny Pacquiao could get Mayweather another $100 million in his already stacked bank account. Remember, Floyd himself has publicly stated that, “it’s all about the money.” So if it makes sense it makes money.
What do you boxingheads think about the ring rating Mayweather’s opponents pound for pound? Are they helping him look better or is it a coincidence? Who would you like to see Floyd face next? Leave your comments below.
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