There is little doubt that Floyd Mayweather Jr. possesses a level of talent in the ring that comes along infrequently. There is no question that Floyd will be in the Hall of Fame, and he was the clear pound-for-pound king for years. Only when Manny Pacquiao began surging over the past few years has there become a legitimate threat to Floyd's dominance.
For all that he is and all that he has accomplished, it is hard not feel like Mayweather has not used his skills to the maximum. Had he done so, Floyd Mayweather might have become an iconic boxer - spoken of in the same breath as Joe Louis, Sugar Ray Robinson and Muhammad Ali.
Unless something drastically changes in the very near future, Floyd will fall short of those heights through his own choices.
From a pure boxing perspective, Floyd's level of activity at the peak of his skills has been a huge disappointment. Since December 2007, Floyd has only climbed through the ropes twice, and it has been nearly 13 months since his last fight.
In the prime of his career, Floyd has chosen to watch rather than participate.
Some of this may be due to Floyd's ongoing legal issues. If these legal issues are keeping Floyd from the ring, it is a situation of his own making.
One alternative that has been widely discussed is that Floyd's undefeated record means more to him than challenging the best in the ring. Only Floyd himself can answer whether this is true.
Whatever the reason - be it desire, outside the ring distractions or an unhealthy obsession with his perfect record - Floyd has fallen short of the greatness he could have achieved.