How well do you really know Floyd Mayweather, one of the most techincally gifted boxers of all-time, undefeated, 49-0, the man who poses as Conor McGregor’s professional boxing debut opposition on August 26 in the T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas?
‘Money’ looks to extend his pristine record to an unprecedented 50-0 with the mega crossover bout between himself and the UFC’s biggest star when the pair throw down in Nevada.
While McGregor would almost convince the biggest sceptic that he will knock Floyd, who has never even hit the canvas throughout his illustrious career, out cold within four rounds with his undying self-belief and staggering confidence, all logic points towards a Mayweather victory.
The Irishman has never competed professionally in a ring where as his 40-year-old opponent has taken on, and overcome, all comers in a career spanning over 20 years at the top of the game.
Regarded as arguably the greatest defensive boxer of all-time and having amassed total career earnings reportedly in excess of $800 million, it is little wonder that Mayweather refers to himself as TBE (The Best Ever). As he proclaimed at the Los Angeles press conference for the McGregor bout last week:
“God only made one thing perfect, and that’s my boxing record.”
He did, however, taste defeat as an amateur when representing the U.S.A at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta. Although it was a controversial judging decision, a teenage Floyd went down to his Bulgarian opponent before securing a bronze medal. Soon after, he turned pro and set the boxing world alight under the nickname ‘Pretty Boy’ Floyd before transforming into ‘Money’ Mayweather in his later career having broken away from the traditional promotional companies and setting up his own, Mayweather Promotions.
After defeating Oscar de La Hoya and Ricky Hatton in two huge fights in 2007, Mayweather announced his retirement from the sport to focus on his duties as a promoter. Alas, it was just 21 months until we saw him back in the ring again for his 40th fight in September 2009.
What we want to know is, do you remember each of the opposing fighters to the Detroit born boxer since his short lived retirement, which saw him stretch his record from 40-0 to 49-0?
Try your best to name them in the quiz below. You have five minutes.