Floyd “Money” Mayweather is the biggest star boxing has seen in 20 years or so. This Saturday Mayweather has a chance to enhance his stardom and make a ton more like he really needs it. He faces Robert Guerrero for the WBC Welterweight championship of the world and if Mayweather can stay unblemished it will add to his legacy that already is equal or better than any other fighter in the history of boxing.
If Floyd loses all the talk that has been doing his career and all the praise that he has received throughout his career will be stripped from him. Robert Guerrero is nobody in terms of Elite fighters in the world and if Mayweather takes a loss it will be unforgivable. Forty-three men have tried to beat Mayweather to no avail.
Mayweather has made himself the most iconic figure in boxing and it’s not clear what he may truly become as his legacy may be unblemished, but his personality makes him either the most hated boxer or the most loved. Boxing fans are completely torn, some love to hate Mayweather for all his antics and others can’t help but love the way Floyd goes about things. What antics one might ask?
How about the things Mayweather says? “Ali was great, but I’m better. Sugar Ray Robinson was great, but I’m better.” This statement doesn’t sit well with most boxing fans even the ones who love Mayweather. Muhammad Ali is known as the greatest heavyweight boxer ever, not just for his dominance in the ring, but for his stature outside of the ring.
Sugar Ray Robinson is widely considered by boxing historians as the greatest boxer in the history of the sport regardless of weight class. To say that these men were great but he is a step above them is disrespectful to a lot of people and it just makes people not want to hear anything from Mayweather. The scary thing is Mayweather may actually be right; he may really be better than both of those great boxers, but his lack of humility makes him too arrogant.
“They talk about Kelly Pavlik, a white fighter, like he’s the second coming. Or they go crazy over Manny Pacquiao. But I’m a black fighter. Is it racial? Absolutely. They praise white fighters; they praise Hispanic fighters, whatever. But black fighters, they never praise.”
Mayweather feels very much so that black fighters don’t get the same fair amount of love that other fighters do in the sport of boxing and looking at history one can see what he means, but it’s not clear why he has to say this. As boxer who gets a good amount of respect from most in the sport as well as his being considered one of the greats, how could he say that black fighters aren’t given praise? Four of the top five greatest boxers in most people eyes are black fighters: Joe Louis, Muhammad Ali, Sugar Ray Robinson, and Floyd “Money” Mayweather.
How about the things Mayweather does with his money? First off it’s well known and documented that Mayweather is a regular gambler and spends upwards of $40-50 million a year on placing bets. That’s a tremendous amount of cash being thrown around and not just because Mayweather has a problem, but because he has a source of income that he controls completely.
What can you say to a guy who regular makes $50 million a fight or more? Mayweather has been cashing out for years now when it comes to pay-per-view fights and with his record and big mouth he is able to keep the fights coming. Some people pay to see his fights because they want to see Mayweather dominate like he has his whole career and others pay for the possibility of seeing him finally fall off the mountaintop. Either way the people that buy tickets to his fights ensure that he will forever be a rich man and that his moniker of “Money” is beyond fitting for him.
The last thing that is driving people crazy about Mayweather is his choice in fights and when he decides to fight certain people. Everyone looks at Floyd as someone who does a lot of “ducking,” especially when it comes to the Manny Pacquiao situation. For close to three years Mayweather and Pacquiao and their respective camps tried to work out a deal that would bring the super fight together, but to most people it seemed like Mayweather was either too scared to get in the ring because he thought Pacquiao was taking steroids or that he didn’t want to offer Pacquiao the same amount of money that he was going to make in the fight.
Now that’s all water under the bridge as Pacquiao lost his last two fights and though he still is probably the best opponent left for Mayweather to fight, we have a better chance of seeing this fight made in our dreams. It’s tough to say that Mayweather has ducked people when you look at his resume and see that he holds victories over Diego Corrales, Arturo Gatti, Zab Judah, Oscar De La Hoya, Ricky Hatton, Juan Manuel Marquez, Shane Mosley, Miguel Cotto, and Jose Luis Castillo twice.
Love him or hate him, Floyd “Money” Mayweather may just be the greatest boxer of all-time and that says a lot. Michael Jordan is possibly the greatest basketball player of all time and he had some pretty questionable actions when playing, and much of that was swept under the rug or ignored when Jordan retired, as people remember him for his great play and not any of his crazy antics. It’s not clear whether the same will happen for Floyd, but it very well could as I said his resume speaks for itself.
This Saturday’s fight will again add to the crazy record that Mayweather already has accumulated and possibly set him up for a much bigger fight, seeing that he keeps saying that his career only has 30 more months left to it and when that time comes, he is going to step away from boxing for good. Whether you love him or hate him, we all have no choice but to respect his amazing talent. So here’s to 44-0 Floyd, because Robert Guerrero has no chance.