In This Corner: Floyd Mayweather: knockout boxer
Floyd Mayweather is the best pound-for-pound boxer on the planet.
If you don’t already believe that statement is true, hopefully after he knocks out Miguel Cotto Saturday, you will reevaluate your opinion.
Mayweather (42-0, 26 KO) hasn’t had anything to prove since 2007 when he beat Oscar De La Hoya and then knocked out undefeated Ricky Hatton seven months later, but he continues to fight and is subsequently cashing huge checks. The fact that people even doubt that he is the greatest in the sport is laughable.
To all Manny Pacquiao fans: if you want to see your boy get a shot at the crown, tweet him (@MannyPacquiao) and tell him two things.
Tell him to take the steroid test and tell him to get over the fact that he is not going to get a 50-50 split of the revenue.
Nobody will get a 50-50 split with Mayweather.
In Mayweather’s most recent fight against Victor Ortiz, Ortiz was guaranteed $2 million while Mayweather was guaranteed $25 million.
The Pac-Man – Mayweather fight is estimated to generate $150 million in revenue- if it ever happens. And Mayweather told Bob Costas of NBC Sports that he offered Pacquiao $40 million, but the offer was turned down.
‘Money’ Mayweather has made approximately $145 million off his past five fights alone. The man even collected a percentage of the concessions revenue from his bout with Ortiz.
Can you name another athlete that does that?
They don’t call ‘Pretty Boy’ Floyd the cash cow for nothing.
I feel bad for anyone who honestly believes that Manny Pacquiao is better.
All he does is fight Mayweather’s scraps. Pacquiao fought Juan Manuel Marquez, Shane Mosley, Hatton and De La Hoya years after Mayweather.
So what is all of the hype about? I don’t get it. Yes, I know, Pacquiao fought Cotto in 2009. But Mayweather is fighting him when he is at his peak. Cotto is currently the top-ranked junior middleweight on ESPN.com.
The object of boxing is to hit but not get hit. Mayweather clearly has mastered that. He’s virtually unharmed from boxing.
Can you tell by looking at him that he has been a professional boxer since 1996? I can’t.
ESPN recently put out an article that had stats from CompuBox- a computerized scoring system that counts every punch a boxer throws and lands- and pointed out that in Mayweather’s past nine fights, his opponents have only landed an average of 16 percent of their punches compared to his 46 percent average connect rate.
Numbers don’t lie.
Mayweather is the best defensive boxer still competing today.
He has world-class speed and attacks with strong, accurate counter punches.
He adjusts to how his opponents attack and that is why he is undefeated. He is faster and smarter than anyone he has faced. There is no athlete that works harder than him, Mayweather often says.
He is moving up to the 154-pound division for the first time in five years to challenge himself.
He is looking to beat Cotto and add the WBC Super Welterweight title to his world championship belt collection.
You can hate him because he burns $100 bills, because of his flamboyant lifestyle or because of all of the trash he talks.
But when it comes down to it, there is no argument: Floyd Mayweather is the best boxer in the game right now and arguably the best ever.