The perfect trio defeated by Floyd Mayweather
Floyd Mayweather is the best fighter of his generation with an incredible 50-0. The boxing legend had no problem engaging in battles against other undefeated champions.
‘Money’ has proven his worth in this title three times, going up against the best in a war where ‘someone had to go’.
First, the late and great Diego Corrales in 2001. Mayweather was five years into his career and slowly gaining momentum on the world stage.
The pair warred in an entertaining collision until Mayweather got the better of the contest in the second half. Corrales was eventually knocked out in the tenth.
It would be another six years before Ricky Hatton came along to give Mayweather another perfect encounter. By this time, Mayweather was a full-fledged Pay Per View star after beating Oscar De La Hoya seven months prior.
Speaking to Sky Sports for the Amir Khan vs Kell Brook fight, Hatton recalled that he tried to get under Mayweather’s skin during the press conference.
“With Mayweather at our press conference, I made some jokes that upset Floyd. On the train back to London, steam was coming out of his ears!
“I went a little overboard on the weigh-in,” admitted Hatton.
“You have to stay cool, stay confident, stick to the game plan.”
Once the first bell rang, it was straight to work as Mayweather picked up the Briton’s advances to keep him at bay.
Hatton wanted to come in and work the body. Mayweather wouldn’t allow it. Eventually the American exhausted the brave Briton and took him out.
Famously, Mayweather bounced Hatton’s head off the turnbuckle before the stoppage. It was another indication of his dominance.
FLOYD MAYWEATHER vs CANELO
Six years have passed, three of those containing boxing fans urging Mayweather to fight Manny Pacquiao. That didn’t happen and Mayweather turned his attention to a promising youngster named Saul Alvarez.
‘Canelo’, as was his nickname by which he would eventually become widely known, had no problem accepting the challenge at 42-0-1. The Mexican amassed the record when he was only 22 years old.
On the night, Mayweather was just too much for the greenest fighter. In an event titled ‘The One’, that honor went to Mayweather as he netted a loss to Canelo’s record.
Even today, Mayweather is the only man to defeat the current king pound for pound. Mayweather’s skills were too advanced for Canelo with a huge age gap.
No loss, no problem for Floyd Mayweather.
The opinions expressed in this article are the opinions of Phil Jay.
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