Following his recent hard fought victory over Robert Guerrero, we determine whether Keith Thurman can reach the pinnacle of the sport and become the first fighter to defeat Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather.
Timothy Bradley and Paulie Malignaggi have called him a ‘dangerous fighter’. Many boxing fans see him as the next big thing. But can Keith ‘One Time’ Thurman do the unthinkable?
Keith ‘One Time’ Thurman himself certainly thinks he’s capable of doing so:
“You can’t take over the welterweight division without facing Floyd Mayweather Jr,” If he wants to fight a young lion who’s rated E, ready to hurt him like he’s never been hurt before, then offer me a contract, baby. You don’t got to pay me $80 mil. You know what I’m saying? We can negotiate. If Floyd Mayweather wants to make me his last fight on his Showtime contract it’ll be an honor. I’d be looking forward to it, and I’d train my ass off,” Thurman told Michael Montero of UCN.
On the other hand, Floyd Mayweather Sr. views Thurman’s potential threat in a different light – “He ain’t gon’ whoop no-goddamn-body!”. (Link contains NSFW language)
While Floyd Sr. vehemently disagrees, we’ll approach this question with a more neutral viewpoint in mind.
The welterweight is currently undefeated with a 25-0-0-1 NC record. He did not add to his 21 knockouts tally against Guerrero, albeit he had to fight with a nasty head-bump from the third round onward. He was lightning quick and somewhat wild – the usual hallmarks of a young man in top condition.
One of the factors in his favour as a result of the bout is the result itself. While boxing judges can be capricious at the best of times, they did give Thurman a larger victory over Robert Guerrero than Mayweather could manage over ‘The Ghost’.
- Thurman’s Score card: 120-107,118-109, 118-108
- Mayweather’s Score card: 117-111, 117-111, 117-111
In terms of confidence, he can definitely match Mayweather – his cocksure attitude garners him plenty of attention. In the below video he talks about how to crack the ‘Mayweather Code’, demonstrating both his knowledge of how Floyd operates, and his unshakable confidence in how to approach it.
With Floyd preoccupied by the Pacquiao bout, Thurman will at the very least have to face an opponent such as Danny Garcia, Kell Brook or Amir Khan in a title eliminator, fights that he is capable of winning. His knock-out power alone means that Thurman would be a threat to any of the above, including Mayweather.
Regarding a potential Mayweather fight, the lack of experience against elite-level opposition counts against Keith Thurman, but with time, skill and belief on his side, we wouldn’t rule it out.