In the days following yet another masterful display of boxing prowess by Floyd Mayweather Jr., the cries from potential future opponents claiming to possess the secret ingredients necessary to defeat the pound-for-pound king have erupted. Unfortunately, this is the silliness we must endure while Mayweather carefully plans his next move.
While very few, if any, gave Canelo Alvarez a realistic chance of defeating Mayweather, the general consensus was that the 23-year old Mexican champion had youth, power and markedly improved skills to at least make a good, somewhat competitive fight out of it. As it turns out, that was not at all the case. Despite the horrific 114-114 score by judge C.J. Ross, Mayweather (45-0, 26 KO's) put on a clinic and once again proved why he is simply the best fighter in the sport.
This is now the second consecutive fight since Mayweather's May 2012 tussle with Miguel Cotto that he has absolutely dominated with ease. Amidst some observation that he had shown signs of slippage in his trademark defensive abilities against Cotto, speculation that his 90-day incarceration over the summer of 2012 would have some negative mental and/or physical impact on him, and questions as to how he would respond to his fastest turnaround between fights in over 10 years at the age of 36, Mayweather turned in perhaps two of the best performances of his 45 fight career with victories over Robert Guerrero in May and Alvarez this past Saturday.
Yet, statements continue to be hurled by other fighters that Mayweather can be beaten and that they themselves possess the unique ability to crack the code.
"Go back and look at it. He don't fight too many slick southpaws like me anyways. If he did, it would have been a loss," IBF welterweight champion Devon Alexander (25-1, 14 KO's) said after Mayweather's victory over Alvarez.
Alexander's uninspired performance against Timothy Bradley the last time he was on the big stage in January 2011 still leaves a bitter taste in the mouths of many boxing fans.
"You have to use your speed. He needs to fight someone as quick as him and I know I am quicker than him," claims Khan (28-3, 19 KO's) who had some difficulty against 33-year old Julio Diaz last time out in April.
Additionally, Khan is in the process of rebuilding his career at welterweight after back-to-back losses to Lamont Peterson and Danny Garcia that cost him his titles.
The absurdity hits an all-time high with 48-year old Bernard Hopkins making a ludicrous proposal.
"The only guy who is going to beat a guy like Floyd Mayweather is a master chess player. And who is the master chess player? I'll go back to 160," said Hopkins (53-6-2, 32 KO's) who is currently the IBF light heavyweight champion.
Hopkins has not fought at middleweight since his December 2005 rematch with Jermain Taylor. Furthermore, Mayweather is a relatively small welterweight, only fighting above 147 three times in his career to challenge for the light middleweight crown.
All of these implausible claims makes one just want to shout, "Stop it, already!".
Love him or hate him, this is Floyd Mayweather. This is not Lucas Matthysse whom Danny Garcia quite rightly predicted would not be able to overcome adversity or Tavoris Cloud whom Hopkins pointed out had never been in the ring with an elite fighter and would not have the experience nor knowledge to adjust.
While it is understandable that potential future opponents for Mayweather are jockeying for position and trying to generate interest, it is going to be virtually impossible for the public to buy into any assertions that Mayweather can be beaten based on what we continue to witness from him (and from those claiming to be able to beat him) in the ring.
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