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> Mayweather Against Past Greats: Leonard, Hearns, and Duran, Set at Welterweight.
Jack 1000
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?

Jack
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streetlion1
post Nov 11 2011, 01:34 PM
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Floyd is the best today and realistically I see only 2 style match ups near his weight class that would give him trouble...and its not Manny Pacquiao....its Cotto and Martinez.

That being said...Mayweather DOES NOT belong in the conversation with greats like Hearns, Leonard, and Duran! Those guys fought 15rds...sometimes fighting 3plus times a year and ducked no one. Mayweather gets abused by all 3! Leonards height, blazing hand and foot speed would leave Mayweather on the losing end of a unanimous decision. Hearns...again his height...jab...power....I think outta the 3 he beats Mayweather the easiest. Duran would have Mayweather running away all night and getting out pointed by his sheer aggression.

These fighters had something that Mayweather just seems to not have....the WILL to PROVE that they were the best and fight all comers. Early in Mayweathers career he was showing that but once he hit Welterweight he handpicked his opponents. Avoiding an undefeated Miguel Cotto, ducking Margacheato and fighting guys like Baldomir and Judah...an aged DLH was the toughest fight of his career outside of Castillo 1.....and DLH almost made it look easy against him while he was throwing his jab.

In my opinion Mayweather has to step up and fight the best out there....I think he would beat Pacquiao surprisingly easy...he should fight guys like Cotto, Martinez...even Alvarez....guys who'll really test him. Until he does what the champions of the past did he doesnt belong in that conversation. Being undefeated doesnt mean you should be automatically in the discussion with REAL greats....if that was the case then CalSlappy would be in the conversation lol.
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