September 18th, 2014 By Pedro Fernandez
NAPOLES, DURAN, LEONARD, HEARNS ALL GREAT WELTERS
San Francisco, CA- For the life of me, I tried real hard to think of a fighter who was as good as the man who calls himself
“Money” in Floyd Mayweather. Going through the history of the welterweight (147 lb.) division and where to rate Floyd. No Ray Robinson, although unbeaten at 147 at like 48-0 before moving up to 160 (middleweight), that is where people rate the man born Walker Smith.
“THREE AMIGOS” NOT “THREE STOOGES”
Even though Floyd could beat middles today, the only other welterweights I would rate over Mayweather are Roberto Duran, the aforementioned Ray Leonard and Tommy “Hit Man” Hearns. I would say that these 3 men, all fellow opponents in the last golden era of boxing, the 1980s, would beat Floyd.
OLD SCHOOL UPSET AT THIS POINT
Although there are the oldsters out there screaming at their computer, “What no Jose Napoles, no Pipino Cuevas?” To that I say, no! Although Leonard defeated Duran twice, there is a reason Ray waited almost 10 years to give Roberto Duran a rematch, that being the beat down Roberto put on Ray for the better part of 15 rounds that first time.
FLOYD HAS NO “GREATS” ON RECORD
Not that it is his fault, but there isn’t anybody he’s fought that would be considered a “mega” star outside of Oscar De La Hoya, who had been a professional 15 years when he and Mayweather played “pity pat.” Floyd could’ve made a better case for himself had he fought Antonio Margarito, but he “retired” instead of facing the Mexican mauler. Robert Guerrero, Saul Alvarez, Miguel Cotto, good, but not all time greats yet.