5 Boxers that Floyd should Have Faced in Return to Ring
By. Eric Iraheta
In shocking news, both boxing and MMA fans alike will witness the Undefeated king of boxing Floyd Mayweather, return to the ring in an attempt to further cement his perfect legacy by facing the current king of the UFC The Notorious Connor McGregor. The two Kings of their respected sports agreed to fight, under boxing rules live on pay-per-view, distributed by SHOWTIME PPV August 26, 2017 live from Las Vegas.
I for one am extremely excited for the return of Floyd Mayweather. He was truly amazing at his craft. Anyone that respects boxing and understands the sport cannot argue his excellence. You want to dispute his claim as The Greatest Ever? Sure, I get it. I don’t agree with that either. However, Floyd is definitely one of the greatest of all time…period. With that said, Floyd’s choice to return to the ring, only to face a UFC fighter in hopes to rake in a mountain of cash is pretty lame.
Connor McGregor is a master in the Octagon, he is a killer fighter but lets all be real, this is all about the money. McGregor has an incredibly marketable personality and has proven time and time again he is the man that fills the seats. The one thing he does not have however is the ability to box at an elite level. This fight is going to make a ridiculous amount of money and for Floyd and Connor I am sure it is sweet. For me, it just leaves a bad taste in my mouth.
I am not mad at Mayweather or McGregor for wanting to cash in on the millions that await them. My problem with this whole ordeal is the lack of respect for the history of the sport. Mayweather’s record of 49-0 is not only impressive but it is also a record that holds a lot of importance in the sport of boxing. Floyd Mayweather and Rocky Marciano both retired as world champions with a perfect record of 49-0 an incredible feat and without a doubt a very impressive accolade to be acknowledged for. For Floyd Mayweather to take the chance to advance to 50-0, ultimately passing Rocky Marciano’s record and not doing so at the hands of another boxer, takes away from the possible accomplishment of breaking Rocky Marciano’s record.
I would love to see Mayweather pass Marciano and capture the record of 50-0. However, I would like to see it against a worthy opponent. I want to see Mayweather earn his legacy. There are plenty of fighters right now that deserve the opportunity to face Mayweather and in an essence protect the legacy of Rocky Marciano.
Here are five fighters that I feel deserve a shot at the “Mayweather sweepstakes”.
This past March Keith Thurman became the unified Welterweight Championship capturing the WBC title with strong win over previously undefeated Danny Garcia. At only 28 and reigning as the current undefeated WBC/WBA Champion of the world you would think he would be the first name mentioned. Thurman however lacks star power. He doesn’t have the ability to fill arena’s but Thurman certainly has the skill, the ability and the power to be mentioned in the ring with Mayweather.
After not medaling in the 2012 Olympic’s Errol Spence has set the boxing world on fire since turning professional. He is as solid as a fighter can be both offensively and defensively. This past May Spence captured the IBF championship with an impressive victory over Kell Brook. Many in the boxing world claim that Errol Spence will take the place of Floyd as the king of boxing. Seems only fitting that Spence have to fight Floyd to earn that reputation.
The Omaha native Terence Crawford is a sensational fighter. If I had to compare anyone to Crawford’s style, only one fighter comes to mind…Marvin Hagler. He has the amazing ability to switch from orthodox to southpaw with ease and not only become more accurate and effective but also increases his power. Crawford is the king at 140 there is no denying that. If Floyd wants to prove he is TBE…he should beat the best right now.
Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather collided in 2015 with what should have been the fight of the century. Although their was tons of hype and a lot of people became very rich that night. The fight itself was painfully dull and Floyd in the eyes of many routed Pacquiao in an easy Unanimous Decision victory. Immediately after the fight Manny Pacquiao and his trainer Freddie Roach claimed that Pacquiao had suffered a sever shoulder injury in the days leading up to the fight that would require emergency surgery. Floyd supporters looked as this claim as sour grapes coming from a sore loser. while Pacquiao fans claimed even with a hurt shoulder Pacquiao was competitive in the fight and could actually knock out Floyd if they were to meet again. The first fight made everybody rich, the second fight would probably make just as much money. So, why not make the rematch happen?
Name: Canelo Alvarez
Record:49-1-1 34 KO’s
In 2013 Canelo Alvarez suffered his lone professional career loss in a one sided beat down that showcased Floyd Mayweather at his absolute best. Canelo was a battered black and blue mess after that fight. Since that loss, Canelo has been on an absolute Rampage. Destroying every fighter that was willing to get in the ring with him. Canelo is in the prime of his career. He is bigger, stronger, faster and most importantly…smarter. I would love to see Canelo get a shot at redemption.
Let me know what you guys think of my list. Let me know who you think deserves a shot at Floyd Mayweather, or do you believe McGregor earned his shot. Hit me up at @ei_sweetscience