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> Mayweather Against Past Greats: Leonard, Hearns, and Duran, Set at Welterweight.
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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, 06:49 PM
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Mayweather and Hearns will be competitive, but Mayweather will eventually neutralize Hearns' assets to a late stoppage. Hearns has a reach and height advantage, but Mayweather will be able to slip punches through his jab, and will eventually neutralize Hearns' jab and speed with accurate body shots. Hearns won't be able to keep the pace, to take that kind of punishment for 12 or 15 rounds straight. Hearns will of course be able to hit Mayweather, everyone can, but Mayweather would be smart and elusive enough to not let Hearns get a clean shot with his right. History has shown that Mayweather has slipped up against Corley, Judah, and Mosley at 140-147. There's always a possibility Hearns would hit Mayweather clean with a right. However, Mayweather even when being stumbled has been able to defend his way out of those situations.

Mayweather would most-likely box his way to a decision against Duran. Duran wouldn't just come forward into a wild brawl, ignoring punishment like Castillo, that's just not how he fights. Even thought there is a possibility because that wasn't usually how Castillo fought either lol (I also think it's dumb how people always bring the first Castillo fight for an excuse for any fighter that isn't very slick, and especially ignore the second fight, when both Mayweather and Castillo fought the exact same way. Mayweather just looked more sharp in the second fight, which is why he was able to convincingly win.) There's also a possibility Duran would get frustrated, like most of Mayweather's opponents, like he got frustrated against Leonard. We could see a stoppage, more-likely a corner stoppage.

Now Mayweather against Leonard. Mayweather has a defensive edge, and might be more sharper than Leonard. Leonard throws more combinations, and has the possible speed advantage. If it came down to a chess match, I would give this to Mayweather by close decision. Leonard however could play a chess match, while the same time bring the pressure. Those flurries would be too much for any normal human and would penetrate Mayweather's defense. Then afterwards it depends on what Leonard can connect with from there. IMO the most possible way Leonard could win this, is on activity. Mayweather has the habit of becoming too defensive and will sell rounds due to lack of activity. Leonard would take complete advantage of this. This could come down to going either way, like how I have with prime DLH vs Mayweather. But I still favor Mayweather to more-likely win somehow.

One last match-up, I know it isn't part of this thread, but it's in response to Pacquiao-Hearns. Hearns has shown he can't keep the pace, and gets shot down by hard shots, even from fighters who aren't big punchers. Pacquiao at 147 will be hurt but eat and survive Hearns' punches and will eventually catch Hearns to a late stoppage.

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