Hate it or love it – Floyd Mayweather Jr. is at the top as a sports news athlete of the decade, and it was not a close race.
The boxing legend went 10-0 in the decade, setting his sweet science master class and “hit and don’t get” mantra in full view with every fight.
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Mayweather’s decade of boxing brilliance began with a unanimous decision over “Sugar” Shane Mosley in May 2010 and ended with a 10th round TKO by Conor McGregor, with fighters such as Miguel Cotto, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, Marcos Maidana -back-back periods) and Manny Pacquiao are all considered “Money” victims in between. Oh yes, there were also two returns and retirements with a king’s cash ransom in this stretch.
“There’s nothing else I can do in boxing,” Mayweather said after quitting retirement to beat Andre Berto in September 2015, according to ESPN. “I made big investments, I’m financially stable, well. I’ve had a great career. My record speaks for itself.”
Mayweather’s 10 wins this decade put him at a perfect 50-0, as TBE (The Best Ever) surpassed Rocky Marciano’s 49-0 record.
With the numbers
– The 10-0 record began this decade, when Mayweather was 33 and ended when he was 40, standing over McGregor. Just amazing.
– Before defeating McGregor, Mayweather had landed about 46% of his punches, limiting his opponents to only 22%. This is a 24 percent ranking that no other boxer is close to, according to the Wall Street Journal and CompuBox.
– Mayweather earning over $ 1 billion in career earnings is stunning. The $ 200 million allegedly made against McGregor certainly helped him lift the big B mark.
What they say:
Even as a longtime trainer for Manny Pacquiao, Freddie Roach had to admit that Mayweather is the greatest fighter of the season.
Next decade belongs to: Terence Crawford (?)
Given Mayweather was a five-time world champion whose definitive body of work came in as welterweight and junior middleweight, could Terence Crawford be the best in the next decade? It’s possible. At 32 years old, the WBO welterweight based title is already a three-time world champion and is considered the top pound-for-pound boxer. He has recently flirted with moving up in weight, and WBO junior middleweight champion Patrick Teixeira could be a watchdog for him. If Crawford can land in matches and beat Errol Spence Jr., Manny Pacquiao and Keith Thurman, the way Mayweather did with Miguel Cotto, Canelo and Pacquiao, then there’s no reason why Bud may not be the final ruler of boxing from 2020 onwards.