In the twilight of his career, Floyd Mayweather is better known as boxing's most lucrative talent. Even at 40, the five-division champion continues to remain unbeaten defeating both promising young talents and battle-tested veterans alike. Now setting his sights on fights that earn him the best dollar, Mayweather has nothing left to prove having beaten the best boxing had to offer. We recount the five best victories in his resume.
Mayweather's Five Best Wins
In a career that spanned over 21 years and 49 pro fights, it's a tall task to pick just five of his victories. He's beaten the best and brightest of five divisions from legends like Oscar De La Hoya and Manny Pacquiao to hot young stars like Canelo Alvarez. In the list below, we took five fights from Mayweather's career that were deemed his best wins using three main points: 1) Mayweather's overall performance; 2) his opponent’s status; and 3) the fight’s significance.
Oscar De La Hoya (May 5, 2007)
In his first "megafight", Mayweather faced the six-division champ for his light middleweight strap. The fight broke all kinds of records selling over 2.4 million PPVs for a revenue of over $120 million. Both Mayweather and De La Hoya pocketed their biggest paydays. The larger De La Hoya pressed the action early on using his size and savvy to cut the ring from Mayweather and fighting him in a phone booth. But Mayweather simply shrugged off De La Hoya's aggression and used his superior speed and timing to outclass the legend and win the decision.
Zab Judah (April 8, 2006)
Judah was arguably Mayweather's bitterest rival and their fight was memorable on more than one occasion. Judah came close to being just the second fighter to score a knockdown on Mayweather when he stunned him with a counter right in the second round. That punch woke Mayweather up and he took over the fight until a low blow from Judah in the tenth. A riot almost broke out as Roger Mayweather got involved. When all was said and done, Mayweather proved he was in a much different league than Judah.
Canelo Alvarez (September 4, 2013)
Canelo was lauded as boxing's next big thing. The Mexican was bigger, stronger, and younger and was undefeated at 42-0. Many experts boldly predicted for the young star to be the first to end Mayweather's unblemished record. But the fight was anything but that. Though Canelo found some success in the early goings, he faded like previous fighters before him. Mayweather found his groove and taught the kid a lesson en route to a decision victory. The biggest shock here came when a judge scored the fight a draw.
Diego Corrales (January 20, 2001)
Unknown to most young fans today, Mayweather was a buzzsaw in his younger days. When thinking of his biggest ass-kicking, his TKO of Arturo Gatti usually comes to mind but Mayweather whooped Corrales way before that. At this point, Corrales was an unbeaten (33-0) knockout machine (27 KOs) and had never touched the canvas. In his first high-profile fight, Mayweather did well on his promise to "beat him like he beat that woman" and knocked Corrales down five times before the corner threw in the towel.
Juan Manuel Marquez (September 19, 2009)
"Don't call it a comeback!" Mayweather returned with a vengeance following a brief retirement and some WWE appearances. Marquez was at the time ranked the #2 pound-for-pound fighter and this was essentially determining who the #1 pound-for-pound king is. It wasn't even a competition. Mayweather put on a masterful performance and turned the Mexican legend into a school session outlanding him by four times and forcing him to miss over 88 per cent of his punches. No judge gave more than two rounds to Marquez as Mayweather reestablished himself as boxing's greatest.
Betting on Mayweather
With nothing left to prove for boxing, Mayweather instead turns his sights on making the most spectacular fight of his career: defeating the UFC champion and MMA superstar Conor McGregor for his 50th win. Mayweather will be a big favourite as he takes on the brash but inexperienced Irishman in the biggest fight of the generation.
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