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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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post Nov 11 2011, 06:50 PM
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Mayweather loses to all 3 of them.

Hearns has too much height and reach for Floyd. Not to mention that jab, and that killer right hand. All thrown with great speed and precision. Floyd would have to try to do what Leonard did in being more aggressive and taking alot of right hands en route to trying to get to Hearns' body and wear him down. I think Floyd has a bit of success in making Hearns miss and pay, but overall Tommy is just too big, too strong, and too powerful. Hearns via UD 15.

Duran unlike De La Hoya actually knows HOW to apply pressure. He'd feint, bob and weave, and attack Floyd from different angles. His quick right hand over the top and left hook to the body would give Floyd alot of problems.... Now of course some here will mention the 2nd fight with Leonard and Duran however Duran wasn't exactly in the best shape for that fight and it was still competitive before he quit. A PRIME Duran at the top of his game clicking on all cylinders would outwork and outland Floyd en route to a close but deserved UD over 15 rounds.

Leonard-Mayweather is a replica of Leonard-Benitez. Like El Radar, Floyd would make Leonard miss alot and he'd be able to have success with his counterpunching. Problem is that Leonard is just as fast as Floyd, and punches with serious power in both hands especially the left. Leonard would make his adjustments after about 6 rounds, and he'd get to work. He would put a hurting on Floyd's body and Floyd to his credit would fight back but in doing so he'd give Leonard more opportunities. Its a competitive fight because Floyd is that great. But be that as it may, Leonard is a bit greater. And he'd win a UD, or a possible late stoppage.
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