Grandma Mayweather Agrees with Floyd’s Retirement
By Ken Hissner, Dog House Boxing (Sept 21, 2015)
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Like other unbeaten boxers including Marciano’s fights with Roland LaStarza, Mayweather had some fights that could have gone either way. Two that stand out are April of 2002 in his first meeting with Jose Luis Castillo. This writer had it for Castillo. Even though their second meeting was scored closer it wasn’t. The other bout was his first meeting with Marcos Maidana by majority decision. This writer had it even. Like “Sugar” Ray Leonard in his first meeting with Roberto Duran, Mayweather tried fighting Maidana’s kind of fight but in the rematch he won with no problem. Most fighters avoid a certain opponent and whether Mayweather avoided Paul “The Punisher” Wiliams we don’t know.
Mayweather won by majority decision over Saul Alvarez in 2013 yet this writer didn’t give Alvarez a round. Another close one was his split decision win over Oscar de La Hoya in 2007. It seemed Mayweather fell behind in rounds 4-3 when de La Hoya stopped throwing his jab over four rounds before taking the last round. I had it 7-5 Mayweather.
The other four fighters who had their perfect records lost beyond 49-0 were Willie “Will O’ the Wisp” Pep (62-0) 229-11-1, Mexico’s Luis “Yuri Boy” Campas (56-0) 103-17-3, Mexico’s Julio Cesar Chavez, Sr. (87-0) 107-6-2, and Italy’s Nino LaRocca (56-0) 74-6 while Denmark’s Brian Nielsen was 49-0 when he lost and finished 64-3. Mayweather hasn’t lost a fight since 1986 when he lost a controversial decision at the Olympics causing him to only receive a Bronze medal. He was 84-7 in the amateurs and as a professional had 22 title defenses. Marciano only had 6.
Comparing Mayweather to 1976 Olympic Gold medalist “Sugar” Ray Leonard or either one to “Sugar” Ray Robinson might depend on what era you came up in. Any way you look at it Mayweather is wise to get out while he isn’t slurring his words and his memory starts fading. Those sparring sessions take their toll along with the matches themselves. One thing for sure Grandma Mayweather is glad to have her grandson retired!
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