Sugar Ray Leonard Doubts Floyd Mayweather Retirement, Leaves Money off TBE List

Matt JonesFeatured ColumnistSeptember 29, 2015

Sugar Ray Leonard attends the premiere of 'Manny' at TCL Chinese Theatre on January 20, 2015 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Todd Williamson/Invision/AP)
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Boxing legend Sugar Ray Leonard has claimed Floyd Mayweather should postpone his retirement in an attempt to move to a career record of 50-0.

Speaking with TMZ Sports, Leonard suggested the undefeated American must come back in an attempt to surpass Rocky Marciano’s record, which Mayweather drew level with after beating Andre Berto in his 49th professional bout. “He has to go for 50, he has to go for 5-0,” said Leonard. 

LAS VEGAS, NV - SEPTEMBER 12:  Floyd Mayweather Jr. looks back at Andre Berto's corner after the sixth round of their WBC/WBA welterweight title fight at MGM Grand Garden Arena on September 12, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Mayweather retained his titles wit
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Leonard was also asked who his top three fighters of all time were, and left Mayweather out at the expense of Muhammad Ali, Sugar Ray Robinson and himself. Here’s a look at the interview with Leonard in full, per TMZ:

Mayweather has previously claimed he is the best fighter to ever step foot inside a boxing ring and after a glittering career, he has a case. The American has beaten some big names in Manny Pacquiao and Oscar De La Hoya, and secured clinical wins in the overwhelming majority of his bouts. But his defensive fighting style has won him few admirers from boxing aesthetes.

Still, as noted by Tom Craze of Bad Left Hook,  Mayweather has achieved pretty much everything he possibly could have:

Tom Craze @TomCraze

Like him or not, it's very hard to argue that Floyd Mayweather has anything left to prove, or that there's anything left for him to achieve.

His record may place him as one of the best ever professional fighters, but there are others, like the names mentioned by Leonard, who would also have a genuine claim to be considered as more entertaining and a lot braver in their selections of opponent.

Most of Mayweather's fights have been dull affairs.
Most of Mayweather's fights have been dull affairs.JOHN GURZINSKI/Getty Images

The likes of Ali, Robinson and Leonard all took on top competitors at the peak of their powers on a much more regular basis, making for gripping fights for fans to savour. Leonard, as we can see here, was a very special fighter at his best:

Perhaps Leonard considered Mayweather’s own choices for the top five fighters of all time when making his own picks. The 38-year-old chose himself, naturally, as the greatest boxer to have ever lived, but he opted for Julio Cesar Chavez, Pernell Whitaker, Roberto Duran and Ali trailing him in the top five, with Leonard excluded. 

Martin S @supsterjnr

Mayweather was a great fighter without any great fights. Leonard, Hagler, Hearns, Duran are remembered for their FIGHTS.

Mayweather is certainly up there with the greats and going ahead of Marciano with one more fight against a credible opponent would certainly enrich his case to be considered as the best of all time. At the moment, there’s an underwhelming feeling about the finish to Money’s career, with Berto nowhere near the standard to appropriately test him.

Mayweather is a fierce competitor and the chance to go clear on 50-0 will be a tantalising prospect, as will the lucrative payday that'll accompany another fight. So as Leonard suggests, it would be a big surprise if Floyd was able to stave off those instincts and stay away from the ring for good.


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