Pound for Pound boxing king, Floyd Mayweather Jr., announced his retirement today. This time it's for real...supposedly. Floyd who has been ducking Miguel Cotto and Antonio Margarito, the two fighters in his division that could take him out, for years says it was a tough decision, but he's at piece. Now the debate begins. Where does the Pretty Boy rank on the all-time boxing list? Sure he retires undefeated but when looking at his career, Floyd has benefitted from good scheduling and catching the right opponent at the right time. Jose Luis Castillo was his best competitor and should have been given a victory in their first fight. Mayweather destroyed Diego Corrales, a guy who was easier to hit than a statue. Beating De la Hoya was great for the sport, but had Oscar used his jab the outcome may have been different. Then he beat on a much smaller Ricky Hatton. That doesn't count.
The fact of the matter is Mayweather has ducked Cotto and Margarito, two guys who are skilled, in their prime, and aggressive. This tarnishes his legacy. Many compare Floyd Mayweather Jr. to Sugar Ray Leonard, but Sugar Ray never ducked anyone. Tommy Hearns, Marvin Hagler, Roberto Duran, Wilfred Benitez, and Terry Norris; Sugar Ray took them all on. That's what makes a legendary fighter. Not ducking to keep a perfect record. Even in this generation, one must give De la Hoya respect for fighting everyone around. Mayweather is blessed with one of the greatest skillsets in boxing history, but there is no way he can go down anywhere near the top of the all-time list. See you later Pretty Boy. Please don't unretire.
FlyMaster Signing Off...For Now!