In the wake of the travesty that was Mayweather vs. Pacquiao we have been bombarded with justifications for each fighter, along with excuses and sob stories, and the resounding supposed universal truth that Floyd Mayweather is the best pound for pound fighter of all time. The sad truth, ladies and gentlemen, is that Mayweather is not worth all of this attention. He is not even close to be the greatest of all time, and we have no reason to be surprised with how the fight between him and Pacquiao went.
First off, we all know that “Money” Mayweather is not a good person. His antics outside of the ring are well known, and his constant verbal dysentery ranging from his own supposed greatness to the overall shabbiness of combat sports as we know it. Chances are relatively high that Mayweather knows how loathed he is, and he is riding that wave of anger all the way to the bank. At this point the majority of boxing fans are likely tuning into his fights, and paying the heinously high pay-per-view fee linked to those fights, in the hopes of seeing him get knocked off of his feet and deflated of all of this hot air.
One of the largest comparisons being made in regards to Mayweather’s status as one of the greats is Julio Cesar Chavez. Mayweather’s ultimate goals seems to be retaining his “undefeated” status up until the time when he decides to retire. With his victory of Pacquiao his record is 48 victories with no losses. The pro-Mayweather fans are quick to shout these stats from the rooftop but they seem to forget one major factoid: Chavez went undefeated for 87 bouts before suffering a loss. 48 wins or 87 wins, which sounds more impressive to you? Rhetorical questions aside, to think that Mayweather honestly sees himself as the greatest fighter of all time is ludicrous and slightly delusional. In his respected weight class he is a blip on the radar when compared to men like Chavez, and in the sport of boxing as a whole he is nowhere near the cultural and social powerhouse that was Muhammad Ali in his prime.
As for the fight itself, are you honestly surprised that Mayweather ran from Pacquiao? We’ve seen from his training montages how fast Mayweather is, and we’ve seen in numerous fights how quick he is to evade his opponent and rack up points on the judges scorecards. So, why is it surprising that he utilized his classic game-plan against “pac-man?” It would have been more entertaining and appealing if he had stood his ground and traded punches with his opponent, but Mayweather has always been quick to remind us that he is a prize fighter, fighting for the monetary rewards rather than for pride of respect. So, from a business mindset, Mayweather is obviously the best at making money when it comes to boxing, but he is far from being the greatest boxer of all time.