“I’d have knocked him [Mayweather] out,” said Sugar Ray Leonard the other day.

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“I’d have knocked him [Mayweather] out,” said Sugar Ray Leonard the other day.
 

 
Floyd Mayweather Jr. is the face of boxing.
Mayweather has won eight world titles in five weight classes and been called the greatest pound-for-pound f!ghter in the world.

Mayweather is 44-0 with 26 knockouts. He’s never fought a boxer he couldn’t beat.
“I’d have knocked him out,” said Sugar Ray Leonard the other day.

I caught up with Leonard at the Home of Champions gym in south Dallas. He was in town to promote the 25th annual f!ghtNight, a community revitalization project sponsored by the Real Estate Council.
The Home of Champions gym, run by former world welterweight champion Curtis Cokes, is going to get a facelift from the council, so Leonard stopped by the gym for that announcement. He brought along Roberto Duran, who also brought along an opinion about Mayweather.

“He wouldn’t last against me,” said Duran through an interpreter. “He’s not a bad guy, but he has a big mouth. I know how he f!ghts and everything he does. He’d have nothing to teach me.”
That’s what I’ve always liked about boxers. They speak their mind. Political correctness is never part of the agenda. What they think, they say.

Leonard and Duran professed respect for Mayweather as a boxer. He maintained his perfect record last weekend with a 12-round, unanimous decision over Robert Guerrero.
“He impressed me with his performance,” Leonard said. “Not because of who he fought — Guerrero’s a good f!ghter, but not really in his [Mayweather’s] league. You saw that throughout the rounds as Mayweather became more and more dominant.

“What impressed me about Mayweather was that he’s 36 and [had] been inactive for a more than a year. Very few f!ghters, even myself, could come back and have the mental and psychological capacity to stay focused like he did. He was brilliant. He was a sheer boxing technician. His performance made me look up and say, ‘Yes, he can compete with any era.’”

But competing in any era and winning in any era are different challenges. Especially in the era of Duran and Leonard, who fought three times, Leonard winning twice. They pushed each other to greatness. And when they weren’t pushing each other, Marvin Hagler and Thomas Hearns were doing some pushing.
“Mayweather wouldn’t reach [those heights] f!ghting against us,” Duran said. “Hearns would have knocked him out. Hagler, Leonard and myself all would have knocked him out. Those guys were monsters. Even [Iran] Barkley.”

Leonard won world titles in five weight classes. So did Hearns. Duran won titles in four weight classes. Leonard was 27-0 before he lost to Duran. Hearns was 32-0 when he lost to Leonard. Leonard, Duran, Hearns and Hagler are enshrined in the International Boxing Hall of Fame.
In 2002, The Ring magazine produced its list of the 20 greatest boxers of all time. It ranked Duran fifth, Leonard ninth and Hagler 17th. And all those boxers fought each other. That era produced some of the greatest bouts in history.

The lack of Hall of Fame competition may be what’s holding Mayweather back.
“There is no one else like him,” Duran said. “He’s one of the best. But right now there are no big names like before. There is nobody.”
Actually, there is one. At least there was one. The boxing world hungered for a Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao bout around the turn of the decade. They were the two best f!ghters of their generation — Mayweather with a 40-0 record at the time and Pacquiao at 51-3-2.
There were some intense negotiations during 2010-11, but drug testing and then purse size scuttled the talks and the f!ght never came to pass.

Pacquiao is 34 now and has fought 61 times. That’s a lot of rounds, a lot of punches. He lost his two f!ghts in 2012 and was knocked out in his last bout.
“That f!ght should already have happened,” Leonard said. “That f!ght would still draw, no question. But it wouldn’t have the same magic as my f!ght with Tommy Hearns or Marvin Hagler or Roberto Duran.”
Duran, standing a few feet away, also shook his head.


“You shouldn’t be afraid in boxing,” Duran said. “In our day, it was how much, when, where, what time and at what weight?”

We may never see Mayweather-Pacquiao. The passage of time will prevent us from ever seeing Mayweather-Leonard or Mayweather-Duran, either. That’s too bad — I’d have paid to see any and all of those bouts.

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39 comments for "“I’d have knocked him [Mayweather] out,” said Sugar Ray Leonard the other day."

 5 years ago '07        #2
Jayceon 498 heat pts498
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old school n*ggas always make the young bloods look like bi*ches. salute Sugar Ray da gawd.
 5 years ago '11        #3
dgamer101 3 heat pts
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 5 years ago '04        #4
slimyellow 4 heat pts
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blah blah blah

where is that money may gif at
 5 years ago '06        #5
mr blaze 
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I was just telling my man the same thing the other night. Quality of competition isn't the same as back then. All the guys he named..Hagler, Hearns, Duran and Barkley would have beaten him. He would have competed and won a few but that record wouldn't be unblemished.
 5 years ago '06        #6
Rated_R_CEO 
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#inbeforemayweatherstanstalkabouthowhewouldhavebea tenanyone
 5 years ago '10        #7
Jinusean 5 heat pts
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Mayweather's competition is... lack luster when you make the comparison, if the era was different, his record would've been like 36-8

or something to that extent
 5 years ago '11        #8
Teknishen04 8 heat pts
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Big fan of Mayweather. But I strongly feel as though his best days were at lightweight and junior welterweight. Nevertheless, the man is still a Hall-of-famer. I disagree with Duran being able to deal with the speed and defensive techniques though. The Leonard f!ght wouldve been good, but I also believe that he would sucumb to the accuracy and defense of Mayweather. Granted, he definitely had the footwork, speed, and Offense to make the f!ght VERY competitive. He wouldve been the toughest of competition for Floyd.
 05-14-2013, 12:39 PM         #9
P Griff 
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 5 years ago '04        #10
fame614 220 heat pts220
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 slimyellow said:
blah blah blah

where is that money may gif at

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 5 years ago '04        #11
djinferno 1 heat pts
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like Mayweather would say, you woudnt do sh*t!
 05-14-2013, 12:43 PM         #12
Tha Problum 
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Really? They all woulda knocked floyd out? Young lightwelter, or welter floyd? Stop it
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Twotwenty 1 heat pts
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They would not have done sh*t cause he wouldn't f!ght them
 05-14-2013, 12:53 PM         #14
THEYOUNGMESSIAH 
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Nahh he would've ducked em.. Just like he ducked manny in his prime

Even 50 confirmed it.


So yall mayweather stans go eat a bag of d!cks
 5 years ago '04        #15
dirtybayrecordz 1 heat pts
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He wouldve got knocked out like his daddy did
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Killa KMS 18 heat pts18
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 5 years ago '11        #17
Teknishen04 8 heat pts
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These 2 videos best describe exactly how the f!ght would go. Sugar Ray was definitely a great f!ghter, with a great resume, but he wasnt flawless....by far. He made several crucial mistakes.
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ZeusSlaps 774 heat pts774
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 05-14-2013, 01:57 PM         #19
dlettern 
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Cool story bro.....
 5 years ago '07        #20
Bruce Leeroy 
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That was a GREAT era of boxing. They were boxer-punchers, fought 15 rounds and were machines in the ring. Floyd is a victim of his era sort of like Roy was. With that being said I don't deal with hypotheticals. Salute to Ray and Roberto for giving Floyd his props though. He's without a doubt a Hall OF Famer.
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