Floyd Mayweather vs. Sugar Ray Leonard

By George Thomas Clark on July 23, 2014
Floyd Mayweather vs. Sugar Ray Leonard
What have you ever done? I didn't come here to be insulted. Look at the record.

And I’m glad we’re talking about Hagler and Hearns, Floyd, because we all know damn well you wouldn’t have fought either of them…

In the golden ballroom of a grand casino stands a ring in which I sit flanked by my two guests, Floyd Mayweather and Sugar Ray Leonard. They are here because they share my obsession: who would’ve won had they met at their respective peaks? 

George Thomas Clark – Floyd, you’re certainly one of the most gifted boxers in history, and perhaps the finest on defense, but I’m not going to play games. I think Ray had your boxing skills and was a much more powerful puncher who fought far better opponents than you have. He’s also a couple of inches taller and has a two-inch reach advantage and is fundamentally a larger fighter, a heavier and stronger man.

Floyd Mayweather – What have you ever done? I didn’t come here to be insulted. Look at the record.

GTC – We’re not here to discuss what I haven’t done. We’re here to talk about how you and Ray Leonard would’ve matched up.

FM – You’re older than Leonard. I expect prejudice from baby boomers.

Ray Leonard – I agree with Tom’s assessment. Floyd’s definitely great, and I love watching him fight. He’s a magician. He reminds me of myself, but without the power.

FM – You’ve got too many L’s in your column to be talking that way.

RL – I’ve only got three, and two of those were my last two fights. I was almost forty-one for Hector Camacho.

FM – You were only thirty-four when Terry Norris whipped your ass by sixteen points. I’m thirty-seven, and I guarantee you I beat Terry Norris today or any other. 

RL – You know, Floyd, you’ve got a point. I fought very little after my detached retina in the early 1980s. I laid off two years one time, three years another, and had only eight fights between 1982 and 1997. That’s fifteen years. But I was definitely pretty good in 1987 when I beat Marvin Hagler and in 1989 when Tommy Hearns and I had a draw in our second fight.

FM – Both those guys beat you. 

RL – I think Tommy did edge me the second time.

FM – He knocked you down twice.

RL – Yeah, and I staggered him several times. It was close. And don’t forget, I knocked Tommy out the first time we fought. And I’m glad we’re talking about Hagler and Hearns, Floyd, because we all know damn well you wouldn’t have fought either of them. You’d have made excuses. Look me in the eye and tell me Manny Pacquiao would beat Hagler or Hearns. Manny, like you, would be too scared to fight a powerful middleweight like Hagler. And Tommy would’ve knocked Manny out, guaranteed. Tommy Hearns definitely beats you, Floyd, but maybe you go the distance. Can you imagine me ducking Pacquiao for years?

FM – I’m not getting into that because Floyd Mayweather is the show, not Manny Pacquiao who spent two minutes with his nose on the canvas after getting hit by the same Manuel Marquez who couldn’t hit me and says he’ll never fight me again. And, get it straight, I not only go the distance with Tommy Hearns, I outbox him and use my defensive skills so I don’t take nearly the beating you took against him both times. You never see me come out of fights banged up as you were.

RL – What we don’t see is you fighting guys the same league as Hagler and Hearns and Roberto Duran.

FM – Don’t give me any b.s. about Duran. When Duran was still in his prime, Wilfred Benitez decisioned him and barely got hit.

RL – At the time Benitez was one of the greatest defensive fighters ever.

FM – I am the greatest. 

RL – You’re also a relatively light hitter, like Benitez.

FM – Come on, Benitez started getting beat up and knocked out all the time. Be real, or I’m walking out. 

RL – Fair enough. I think I’m a lot better at being realistic than you are, Floyd, because I challenged myself so many times. When I fought Benitez, he was a great fighter and I stopped him. You don’t stop the 1979 Benitez, Floyd, trust me. But you do get the decision. You’ll have to prove you beat the 1980 Duran.

FM – The one who said “No Mas”?

RL – That one, yeah, but especially the Duran of our first fight.

FM – The one who beat you? The same guy who lost to Benitez.

RL – Floyd, if you know anything about boxing history – and I assume you do – then you know damn well Roberto Duran is a lot better than anyone you’ve ever fought.

FM – You’re dreaming, Ray. Miguel Cotto kicks Duran’s ass, and I dominated him. I guarantee you I beat Duran at welterweight.

RL – You don’t beat him at lightweight.  I think Jose Luis Castillo beat you the second fight.

FM – You don’t think that. You wish that. I don’t have to concede anything to Duran.

RL – You’ve got to concede he fought me three times, he fought Hagler, he fought Hearns, he fought dozens of guys.

FM – Hearns laid him out, and Duran picked up a couple dozen losses.

GTC – Gentlemen, most of Duran’s losses were when he got older and heavier. After all, he fought till he was fifty. Besides, we’re imagining a fight between you two at a hundred forty-seven, as welterweights. I assume you both think that was your best weight.

(Both men nod).

GTC – Let’s take a look at the two giant screens behind us. On the left we have Ray Leonard in November 1981 at age twenty-five, ready to fight Tommy Hearns the first time. It’s true that Ray justifiably trailed on all three cards when he stopped Hearns in the fourteenth round, but I think this is Ray at his peak. He absorbed a pounding from a huge and talented welterweight but came back to take him out. Are you all right with this, Ray?

RL – At a hundred forty-seven, yeah. But the version of me that beat Hagler in 1987 was bigger, stronger, and more resourceful. That’s a version of me Floyd doesn’t want.

FM – I’m not fighting middleweights. I think I could beat them but I’d take more shots and harder shots than I do now, and I feel – as I’ve always said – that my health is most important, and so is the health of all boxers.

GTC – Okay, Floyd, Oscar De La Hoya was a fine fighter but lost a lot of big fights. You won a split decision against him in 2007. I don’t think you were quite at your best.

FM – Everyone but one incompetent judge knows I won that fight, and easily. Oscar did very little against me. But I suppose I’d take myself in September 2009 against Marquez.

GTC – He wasn’t really a welterweight at the time. I don’t know how he enhanced himself by the fourth time he fought Pacquiao, but he definitely was a lot bigger and stronger then.

FM – That’s his problem. I was as good that night as ever, and probably better.

GTC – And so it shall be, gentlemen. Please enjoy yourselves with our international audience as I merge the screens.

George Thomas Clark is the author of several books, most recently Death in the Ring, a collection of boxing stories, and The Bold Investor, a short story collection. See the author’s website at www.GeorgeThomasClark.com.

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  1. john ray 05:19pm, 08/02/2016

    Guys is it me or back in the 70s were the light to middle weights not stacked with great fighters. You can talk about Duran being a brawler all you want. To me he could move like no one else his head movement and body work was amazing. Leonard was a Floyd type but with power. All those guys would stand and fight. I have yet to see Floyd stand with an equal and fight. Hagler, Hearns. It was a great Era in boxing. You take Duran until about 82 and he doesn’t get beat by any of today’s crowd. Neither does Sugar Ray. Hearns was much to tall.

  2. mayweather pacquiao 06:08pm, 04/05/2015

    What’s up, all is going sound here and ofcourse every one is sharing data, that’s actually fine,
    keep up writing.

  3. Carlos 07:59pm, 08/01/2014

    There is no doubt in my mind and in many others minds that Mayweather is a fantastic boxer, but on the same token there is no doubt that he has avoided fighters along his career. For instance, about seven years ago Miguel Cotto was regarded as one of the best pound per pound fighters in the world. Cotto was actively seeking a fight between himself and Mayweather. Mayweather was no where to be seen. Yes, Mayweather did fight Cotto later on but he was not the same Cotto he was back when he was regarded as one of the best all around fighters.
    The biggest difference between the great fighters such as Duran, Leonard, Hearns and Mayweather is simply this. Duran, Hearns and Leonard wanted to prove that they were the best. The way they would prove to be the best would be by getting in the ring with the best. Mayweather is busy yelling into people ears saying that he is “TBE”.

  4. Jethro's Flute 03:09am, 07/30/2014

    ” Darrell 03:58pm, 07/23/2014

    Floyd beats Benitez fairly easily, Duran too.  Beats Hearns too….too offensive”.

    In what imaginary universe was Tommy Hearns ever outboxed? Leonard beat Hearns by outbrawling him late in the fight while the Hitman outboxed Wilfred Benitez with one hand and, late in his career, outboxed Virgil Hill.

    What can Floyd Mayweather possibly do to beat Hearns? If Hearns were around now, in his prime, Mayweather would put off fighting him until Hearns was fighting at cruiserweight.

  5. boxmeister 04:04pm, 07/25/2014

    @ darrell: Did I trick you to make you think it is not a fantasy but really a reality that comparing Floyd with the REAL greats is really a fantasy??? LoL Peace man!

  6. George Thomas Clark 01:55pm, 07/25/2014

    Excuse me.  I of course meant to say I watched the Escalera-Arguello fights.  Floyd’s too big for either one…

  7. George Thomas Clark 12:09pm, 07/25/2014

    Eric - I watched both Escalera-Mayweather fights, on live network TV, a quaint concept, and was riveted by the action, but Escalera would be picked apart by Mayweather.  And Arguello, though undeniably great, wouldn’t have been quick enough to deal with Floyd.

  8. George Thomas Clark 12:00pm, 07/25/2014

    Mayweather absolutely never loses to Gomez at any weight…

    George Thomas Clark

  9. tuxtucis 11:44am, 07/25/2014

    ok…Eder Jofre is usually considered an atg. .whoever he has beaten If not a shot Vicente Saldivar?  Henry Armstrong fought too often and in the bad night he could have lost vs Mayweather jr…he lost with far lesser opponents than Mayweather jr…That s my opinion, but to think Mayweather jr could have lost at 130 vs Gomez Is simply a manifestation of hate…

  10. Clarence George 06:58am, 07/25/2014

    Forgiven, Jim.  Magnanimous to a fault, that’s what I am.

  11. Eric 06:48am, 07/25/2014

    @Jim Crue…I was just concentrating on the Seventies and Eighties. Henry Armstrong is top 3-5 P4P of all-time. That is blasphemy to even suggest he rates with Floyd. teehee. Duran and Leonard are top 10 P4P’s all time too. A great deal of the time, Armstrong is listed at #2 behind only Sugar Ray Robinson. No way does Mayweather Jr. deserve to be mentioned with fighters like Ray Robinson, Ray Leonard, Henry Armstrong, Willie Pep, Harry Greb, Mickey Walker, Sam Langford, Roberto Duran, Bob Fitzsimmons, etc., those were the real P4P champs.

  12. jim Crue 06:48am, 07/25/2014

    yep my error CG.
    morning coffee had not yet hit my aging brain

  13. Clarence George 06:33am, 07/25/2014

    Excuse me, Jim, but I did mention Armstrong.  In my opinion, he would have beaten Mayweather, and pretty handily.

    I’ve rarely written about Floyd, because he just doesn’t interest me much, but when I have, I’ve made my opinion clear that all this talk of him being an ATG, let alone the GOAT, is codswallop (pardon my French; rather, my British).  One of the best, perhaps the best, of the current crop?  Indubitably, but that ain’t the same thing.

  14. Jim Crue 06:02am, 07/25/2014

    Great comments Eric. I won’t repeat what you have expressed but I agree. Wonder why none of us have written about Henry Armstrong? At his best he wipes the floor with Floyd.
    And Hearns COULD box. He would out box Floyd and if Floyd got offensive and attacked it would be lights and to the hospital for Floyd.
    To rank Floyd as an all time great with the competition he has faced is absurd and for a commenter to use his fight with Mosley as an example of Floyds greatness is equally absurd. Mosley was SHOT as a fighter. Completely shot

  15. tuxtucis 05:56am, 07/25/2014

    @Eric: Ok, you hate him and you’re not able to reason…Not interested talk with you.

  16. Eric 03:37am, 07/25/2014

    @tuxtucis….Did you ever watch the two Escalera-Arguello fights? How about Gomez in his prime or even Gomez at 130lbs? Both fighters would have an excellent shot at beating Floyd at 130lbs. Floyd’s undefeated record is filled with mediocre fighters or fighters past their shelf life. His avoidance of fighting fighters like Manny, really do hurt his standing. Escalera stepped up and fought Arguello, while Gomez would step up and fight Sanchez, Nelson, etc. These were lion-hearted fighters, not a cherry picking bunny rabbit like Floyd. Sure some of the fighters I listed had some losses on their ledger but that usually happens when you fight stiff competition or you go on a bit too long. Meldrick Taylor just might have had the fastest hands of any boxer ever, including Leonard and Roy Jones. Taylor before his epic first fight with Chavez might have been too inexperienced to beat a fully mature Floyd, but he would definitely stand a chance. Taylor was another lion hearted, warrior, unlike Floyd, who has the heart of Bugs Bunny. Duran flat out ass whips PBJ, are you kidding. Hearns nearly kills him. Every fighter I listed, even the lesser talents like Escalera and DeJesus, have a legitimate shot at beating Floyd. Undefeated records, lengthy title reigns, or multiple titles mean nothing when you’ve never fought anyone. Try to think what Floyd’s record would’ve been had he fought the people Leonard or Duran fought. Now let Leonard and Duran fight Floyd’s opposition. Laughable. I can name 9 fighters from that period who would beat Floyd in fights ranging from 135-156lbs, they are, Duran, Leonard, Hearns, Benitez, Chavez Sr., McCallum, Whitaker, Arguello, and Pryor. The others I listed were capable of beating Floyd on the right night or at least giving him a competitive fight. Floyd Jr. would have possibly been a notch or two above Daddy & Uncle had he fought in that era.

  17. tuxtucis 02:57am, 07/25/2014

    @Eric: ok, you can be critical vs. Mayweather jr. as you want, but if you say seriously that Mayweather Jr. would have lost against Escalera or Gomez (!) at 130, you loose all your credibility.
    Vs. Chavez it would be a great match-up, cause each other they are the kind of fighters they most hates (pressure fighters for Maywaether, smart counterpunchers for Chavez).

  18. The Barker 01:08am, 07/25/2014

    I love Ray Leonard. He’s my all time favorite. However, at 147 Mayweather wins by decision. The only edge Leonard would bring is power. Speed is similar, but Floyd is far more accurate. Mayweather edges Leonard in IQ. I’ve never seen a smarter fighter, ever. People sleep on just how strong and tough Mayweather is. Go back to that second round with Mosley. His ability to recover is extraordinary. Leonard was not the machine Floyd is and I do believe Mayweather would have beat Duran. Hearns might have got him though.

  19. nicolas 12:00am, 07/25/2014

    ERIC; I think that it is always interesting when we talk about the greatness of a fighter. I agree with you that Leonard would beat Mayweather. Easily, I don’t know. remember that Leonard really started out as a Jr Welterweight, and did he not win the olympic gold as a lightweight? But if you look at Leonards career, he really did not accomplish as much as Floyd. Yes he did come back and beat Hagler, but then it is now considered by many to have been a bad decision. In many ways Leonard did not live up to the potential were we might be able to say how great he was. he retired the first time at age 26. His resume of great fights, is greater than Pryor, another fighter while champ really never lived up to his potential. His greatness is confided to his matches with Benetiz, Duran, Kahlule, and of course finally Hearns, this in a period of late 1979 to late 1981. Would he have been able t continue with greatness? Very questionable. Give Mayweather his due, think about this, champion in 1998 and still a champion today. quite remarkable.

  20. Eric 04:22pm, 07/24/2014

    @nicolas…Whitaker vs Mayweather would be a more realistic and competitive matchup than Leonard vs. Mayweather. Whitaker was a smaller man than Leonard, and a natural lightweight like Mayweather. A prime Leonard is just too big, too fast, and too talented for Mayweather. I doubt Mayweather would last more than 8-9 rounds against Leonard.

  21. nicolas 03:54pm, 07/24/2014

    the criticism of Floyd Mayweather here reminds me of the criticism of Muhammed Ali. I remember Nat Fleisher commenting that he had Marciano at number 10 greatest heavy of all time, and that he would not put Ali in there. He had guys like Jim Corbett and Bob Fitzimmons ahead of Ali, and said that Marciano would knock out Ali in 10 rounds. ON ERIC’S list, the only one I really think would beat Mayweather was Pernell Witaker. Pryor perhaps, but in truth Pryor never really reached his potential with his drug problems I presume, so we can’t really know.  He has a victory over Arguello yet, and a past his best years Antonio Cervantes, not that I would not consider Pryor ahead of Cervantes. As for this great praise of Leonard. Leonard really only had these great years of late 1979 to early 1982. His sec on career was marked by what many see as a gift decision over Hagler, and mostly fighting other aged fighters like him. Yes he fought the best, but he did not give them rematches. What about Tommy Hearns, how long did it take Leonard to give Hearns that rematch, and to his credit even he agrees that he lost the second fight, and who really retired Leonard from his first career, Hearns most likely. I do sort of feel that Leonard would have beaten Mayweather, especially in the 15 round era. ut it would be close.

  22. BB Blue 12:54pm, 07/24/2014

    If Leonard thinks Castillo beat Floyd in fight #2, then he should think it was an easy blowout for Castillo in the 1st one, and THAT video is the one that had to be shown in the article, otherwise it looks like there’s a bias in favor of Floyd.

    As far as JMM, Sugar is right on target. Everybody knows Marquez was a natural lightweight at that time, when he faced Floyd. Marquez weighed in at 142 lbs and Mayweather weighed in at 146 lbs. On fight night, it was pretty evident that Floyd was way bigger than JMM, and was 100% in shape, while JMM, who was much smaller, was also probably in the worst shape of his entire boxing career. JMM looked soft, with unusual body fat in his body, and he was slow and weak. Floyd fought the worst-ever version of JMM, and even so he couldn’t knock him out.  On that night, had any legend like Duran, Leonard, Hearns, Hagler, and even lesser fighters like Cotto or Margarito faced JMM, they would have easily knocked him out.

    Also, that fight with JMM was the turning point for Floyd, because it established him as the #1 P4P fighter, without having to fight Pacquiao, who later took that ranking from him, by beating way more convincingly, the very same fighters Floyd had to struggle to defeat, specially Cotto and De la Hoya among many others.

    Sugar Ray fought THE BEST. Floyd has avoided fighting his best opponent (Pacquiao) his whole career and fought his 2nd best opponent (JMM) in the worst shape of his life, two divisions above JMM’s natural weight at the time, and Floyd was four pounds heavier than JMM in the weigh in, and at least twice as many on fight night, not to mention Floyd was in top shape, fast and strong, while JMM was in miserable shape, fat, slow and weak. We have to take all these things into account when comparing both fighters (Sugar Ray and Floyd).

    My conclusion: Sugar would put Floyd to shame, because Sugar could do anything Floyd does today (defense, speed, accuracy, timing, intelligence, tricks) but he had a plus of being much stronger, way more resourceful and having a very strong chin. In fact I think Sugar would even knock Floyd out at welterweight, but first he would embarrass Floyd with a couple of accurate bolo-punches, like he did with Duran in the NO MAS fight.

    Now I’ll wait for the retorts from both Floyd fans and detractors. But we already know what both are gonna say. Yet reality prevails: Floyd never faced his top opposition (Manny and JMM, both at lightweight, or Manny right after he knocked Cotto out), yet Sugar never refused a top fight. Big difference, not to mention that his “undefeated” status is a lie, because most people believe he lost his first fight vs. Castillo, except his biased fans.

  23. Jason 12:01pm, 07/24/2014

    GTC, haha! Great. I would line up and pay to see that interview.

    Ali: “How you gonna beat me when you can’t speak, man? Doesn’t he sound like a little girl, GTC? Don’t be bashful, GTC, you know he does, you told me while we were preparing for the show.

    Him saying he gonna beat me. The only way this man beats me is if I feel for sorry for him, start feeling bad for hitting on a little girl, and lay down in the middle of the ring! My mamma might not let me fight this little girl!”

    Tyson:  “Keep talking Ali. You’re gonna give me all the motivation in the world to deliver a spectacle during a most momentous occasion. I’m gonna finish you.

    Ali: “See there he go now. Talking crazy. Can’t understand a word this girl saying. Talk right, man. Talk like a man. Why you lips make that sound, man? You sound like a sissy. You think James Buster Douglas is better than me? Boy, I watched Douglas’ jab whip you all night in Tokoyo. Whatchu think I’m gonna do to you with mine.”

    Tyson: I’m not fighting Douglas. I’m fighting you and I’m coming for your heart Ali. Like a predator, a hungry predator in pursuit of his next meal. You are my prey Ali. If I don’t kill you, this fight don’t matter.”

    Sorry, GTC, I’ve digressed. As you can see the possibilities are endless! And this is all before you get a chance to start asking questions!

  24. George Thomas Clark 11:39am, 07/24/2014

    Thanks Jason,

    I’ve just made the necessary phone calls and both have agreed….

    I think early twenties is best for each, pre-exile Ali and Tyson before prison…

  25. Jason 11:18am, 07/24/2014

    GTC, would love to see you interview a (healthy) Ali and (unpredictable) Tyson, say, each at 23 or 24 or 32 for that matter.

  26. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat Saijo aka Gimpel 09:59am, 07/24/2014

    “Young, black, and famous, with money hangin’ out the anus.” (Immortal Rap lyrics by Mase…Rapper/Minister)

  27. George Thomas Clark 09:58am, 07/24/2014

    CG - I’m afraid it’s you who’ll be opening his wallet.  Ross and McLarnin were great but - look at their KO percentages, 27 and 30, respectively - Floyd’s the banger against either.  And when balletic Floyd’s the banger, the other guy’s in trouble.

  28. Clarence George 09:49am, 07/24/2014

    Completely disagree, GTC.  Ross and McLarnin far too skilled and experienced for Mayweather.  I expect a retraction and apology, as well as monetary remuneration, within the hour.

  29. George Thomas Clark 09:14am, 07/24/2014

    CG - Barney Ross, and Jimmy McLarnin.beating Floyd?  I don’t think so… Floyd’s too athletic and hard to hit…

  30. George Thomas Clark 09:11am, 07/24/2014

    Eric - I can’t prove it but think Floyd outmaneuvers most of the fine fighters on your list.  He outboxes Chavez and Arguello and Meldrick Taylor, who Chavez twice stopped.  No way Taylor beats Floyd…

  31. Eric 08:29am, 07/24/2014

    Arguello, Chavez Sr., Esteben DeJesus, Alfredo Escalera, Pernell Whitaker, a focused Meldrick Taylor, Aaron Pryor, would all beat PBF. Salvador Sanchez, Azumah Nelson, and Wilfredo Gomez beat Floyd at 130lbs also. Put TBE in the ‘70’s and ‘80’s and he’s just a notch or two above the other contenders of that era. He would have been lucky to capture one title in that era. The lightweight title would have been out of his reach with champs like Duran, DeJesus, Arguello, Chavez Sr., ruling that weight class. Of course he could’ve won an alphabet title ala Ray Mancini, but can’t see Floyd beating the cream of the crop. Not even sure if Floyd beats a prime Hector Camacho at 130-135lbs. PacMan doesn’t fare as well either. That era was stacked with super fighters from featherweight to welterweight. Floyd would have his hands full with fighters like Carlos Palomino, much less the elite fighters of that era.

  32. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat Saijo aka Gimpel 08:29am, 07/24/2014

    Timing is everything in life….if Floyd came up in the time of Hearns, Leonard and Hagler he not only would not have that sacred and to him priceless “0” on his record but he would have been retired years ago…..and it’s really just that simple…..he would try that shoulder roll with Hearns one too many times and Tommy’s straight right would put Floyd’s head in an Exorcist class head spin.

  33. Clarence George 04:27am, 07/24/2014

    I respect both these guys’ abilities, but I could never stand Leonard, and I’m not much warmer toward the overrated and adulated Mayweather—any number of truly great welters would have bested him, including Henry Armstrong, Barney Ross, and Jimmy McLarnin.  As for Leonard vs. Mayweather…Leonard, of course.  He, too, is a bit overrated, but possessed of a far greater skill-set than Mayweather.  True, I don’t think he has a million-dollar, 60-carat watch, but that don’t count for a whole lot within the squared circle.

  34. tuxtucis 04:13am, 07/24/2014

    Mayweather Jr. is born at jr. lightweight, I think to compare him with great welters/jr. middleweights it would be the same than compare Leonard and Hearns with Roy Jones Jr…. It would be much more interesting to talk about what he would have done vs. Arguello or Chavez (and I think he would have had good chances to beat them)...

  35. Darrell 11:16pm, 07/23/2014

    Hey Boxmeister…...the article is fantasy you know, or do you know…..mmmmm, hahaha.

    I will say the author got Ray Leonard’s self-aggrandizing and patronizing personality down pat though.  Crikey he was an arsehole!  Well done George Thomas Clark on some brilliant pisstake writing these last few articles…...enjoying the humour.

  36. Boxmeister 06:04pm, 07/23/2014

    From this discussion, we can tell who is more honest and unselfish in their skills. Ray was right that he has power and can easily land a KO punch with his enormous speed in his prime and even in his later years.  Floydie is so self absorbed and too vain to admit he does not want anything to do with strong challenges and much more of making money and more at the expense of real boxing fans.  Ray exposed Floyd in his true character undeserving of being the best in this era.

  37. Yoman 06:03pm, 07/23/2014

    FM won’t beat anyone of them. He would DUCK. All of these are illusions.

  38. artjd 05:39pm, 07/23/2014

    It’s actually an insult to Duran, Hearns, Leonard and company to be in the same sentence as Floydie, way too insulting!!!!!!

  39. nicolas 05:24pm, 07/23/2014

    While Floyd might be able to beat Leonard, I just can’t see the 5 ft 8 inch Mayweather beating the 6 ft one Hearns, especially when we take in account the age of Mayweather when he won that Welterweight title. By the time Mayweather was champ, his punch was not the same as it had been when he was Jr. Lightweight champ, perhaps the number in that division of all time. While many have said that Hearns was chinny, I just can’t see the punching power of Mayweather bothering Hearns. There would be moments where Mayweather might make Hearns not look so good, but I think overall Hearns would win a decision, and maybe by knockout if Mayweather would know he needs to knockout Hearns to win.

  40. Jim Crue 05:14pm, 07/23/2014

    Duran was best at LW so I don’t think he belongs. Hearns decapitates Floyd, Leonard beats him. Too fast and hits too hard. My feeling is Floyd would not be fighting the best in any era he fought in unless he was forced to. Boxing is in such a bad state he now picks his opponents. WTF!! Why would anyone pay to watch him fight the same guy? Good for the opponent, he’s making lots of money. Floyd is a legend in his own mind and those of his butt kissing lackeys.

  41. Darrell 03:58pm, 07/23/2014

    Floyd beats Benitez fairly easily, Duran too.  Beats Hearns too….too offensive, Floyd picks him apart.  Leonard?  That’s a pick ‘em.

  42. George Thomas Clark 02:20pm, 07/23/2014

    Eric - I agree with Leonard that he’d be too strong for Mayweather, and Hearns would, too.  Floyd, as noted above, simply hasn’t fought anyone of that caliber since no one that talented has been available.  And if they were,  would Floyd even agree to fight them?  I do think that Floyd’s speed, defense, and quick right hands would trouble Duran.  Poor Benitez, now an invalid, once so swift and elusive, would not have been strong enough to keep Duran away, even at Benitez’s best…

  43. Eric 01:39pm, 07/23/2014

    The difference between SRL and PBF is like comparing Formula One racing with Nascar, or like pitting FSU against the Seattle Seahawks. Mayweather would be dominated by the natural welterweight Leonard whether the bout was held at 147 or 154lbs. Would be a huge reality check for the delusional TBE’s XXXtra large ego. I can’t see Floyd troubling Leonard, Duran, Hearns, or even Benitez for that matter.

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