Mayweather loves reciting his perfect record of 42 victories and zero defeats. Is it a coincidence that Mayweather has moved up to 154 pounds to challenge Miguel Cotto on May 5?
Five years ago, on May 5, 2007, Mayweather moved up from welterweight (147 pounds) to junior middleweight (154 pounds) to challenge Oscar De La Hoya (39-6, 30 KO) for a world title.
Mayweather won by split decision, but is a split decision enough to quench a blood-thirsty audience with harsh words for those who don't send their opponents to the canvas?
After De La Hoya, he moved back down to welterweight and knocked out an undefeated Ricky Hatton (45-2, 32 KO) and retired. He would return nearly two years later in 2009.
Mayweather said on 24/7 that he is putting the "finishing touches" on his legacy. If that is true, there is a path that Mayweather could chart this year that could net him new levels of fame, fortune and critical acclaim.
That path could begin and end at 154 pounds, in one year and three fights.