On the positive side, we know of Floyd Mayweather's superb boxing ability and ring generalship. However, it is possible that we may never see the best of Floyd Mayweather for his refusal to fight top Welterweights in his own weight class, for whatever reasons. That's not important. But assuming that Floyd was able to somehow fight the big foursome of the 80's how would he do against them?
Don't just say in your response _________ would kick Floyd's ass or Floyd would kick________'s ass. Instead do an actual scenario where Floyd would actually fight these guys. Because Mayweather never fought in the 15-round era, if I give a decision as a result, in my analysis I am assuming the fight would be 12 rounds.
Benitez: A good tactical chess-match with each boxer having their moments in a tough to score fight. But Floyd's just a little quicker on most of the exchanges to take a close unanimous decision.
Leonard: Floyd takes the early rounds with a slight lead as Leonard waits patiently for his openings. Leonard's combinations and experience in the later rounds allow Floyd to experience deep water and have to deal with pressure that Floyd never has experienced before Leonard, behind on the cards, rallies to win late: Leonard TKO 12.
Hearns: That all depends on if Mayweather could take Hitman's punch early If he could not I would take Hearns by KO in 6. If Mayweather could survive, Hearns for all his punching power and ring generalship was not known for great stamina. But I could see Hitman taking the decision because Hearns would have too much of an early lead for Mayweather to overcome. Leonard is really the only welterweight in this group that stops the great Tommy Hearns.
Duran: Again, which Duran shows up? If it's the Duran from the first Leonard fight, a match where I think Roberto was invincible that night, Duran TKO 8. (Floyd maybe quitting in the corner.) If it's the Duran from New Orleans and "No-Mas" the rolls are reversed with Floyd making Duran quit in 8 like Leonard did in their second fight.
In some of the 80's Welters, I would pick Whitaker over Floyd by close tactical split decision, but Floyd getting a split decision in a rematch. Floyd would win easily over Donald Curry by a late stoppage (TKO 10) and would beat the shit out of Mark Breland (TKO 5). Floyd over Marlon Starling in a pretty easy unanimous decision and a TKO in 8 over Lloyd Honneygun.