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post Nov 4 2011, 12:47 PM
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Mayweather vs. Hearns: Because of Tommy's power, there is a chance that he could hurt Floyd early and test him within the first four rounds. In which Hearns would have had the right hand to shock the world. Picture that if Judah was able to drop Floyd and what Mosley might have done if he had not been too nice in letting Floyd of the hook in that 2nd round. Tommy could blitz, Make it a 30% shot.

But from round 5 on, it's all Floyd. Hearns, despite his incredible boxing ability and power, often did not react well to being hit. Leonard, the best boxer Tommy ever fought was no great puncher and you saw that he had Hearns hurt in both of their fights. Floyd would pick and roll, use the elbows and would begin to find the range and take a close but unanimous decision. Maybe split, if there are knockdowns early scored by Hearns, that is IF Floyd could get by those first four rounds.

Mayweather vs. Duran: Duran's greatest was at lightweight and the first Leonard fight, and he would have to be at his Leonard I peek to beat Floyd on a decision. He could be like Castillo in the first fight. I would put that chance at 45%. HOWEVER, 55% says Floyd gets in Duran's head like Leonard did in the second Duran fight. A better chance is New Orleans all over again with Duran quitting as Floyd does what he wants and Duran's mind games go nowhere.

Mayweather vs. Leonard: A mastermind chess game with great boxing, combinations, and agility from both. Floyd is very good, but this time, he has found a grand master in Leonard who just does a little better, a little sharper in most of the rounds. It would be like Leonard-Hagler with Floyd being Hagler, where he just could not get off quite as well as Leonard, but it's very close. A hotly debated split decision goes to Ray, and Floyd complains about the loss when the topic is brought up, just like Hagler did against Leonard.

What are your calls?

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post Nov 4 2011, 01:18 PM
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From what I've seen, FMJ has a pretty decent chin but I dont know any fighters as of late, who has an "80's chin". Those dudes took all kinds of punches in their era, which may have surely contributed to their speech nowadays. No doubt in my mind that all 3 of these guys would be hell for Floyd, hands down. Mayweather/Hearns would be a wild one because Hearns is tall, with nasty reach, a nasty jab, and a "nighty night" right hand. As you said, Hearns didn't react well to punches, but Floyd's not a big puncher either...so his punches would probably more frustrating than anything.

A fight with Duran, would be just as dangerous, but at WW, Floyd would be able to get off a bit more and frustrate Duran in route to a decision. Sigh...Leonard...this would be Floyd's fight to lose. His defense and speed would be a factor, but I just dont see him pulling it off. Floyd's a better fighter than Sr., so I will give that much of an edge, but Leonard would be too much for him.

Of course Floyd's ability to slip punches and frustrate his opponents would be key in these fights, but my only concern is any of these guys landing punches on Floyd. These guys punched like nobody I've ever seen, whether it was blinding speed or concrete fists, they would pose a serious threat to Floyd.
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