Floyd Mayweather’s illustrious career is supposedly coming to an end this Saturday when he takes on Andre Berto in Las Vegas. If this truly is a career for Floyd (which it most likely isn’t), he’s going out with a whimper both at the box office and in the minds of the general public. Berto is a class or two below Floyd, and for $75 a pop, this fight is just too much of a mismatch to expect huge amounts of people to tune in.
Despite popular opinion, Floyd actually has an incredible resume behind him full of world champions and hall of fame talents he left in his wake. Sometimes, though, it’s not who you fight, but when, and that’s where most of the blemishes on Mayweather’s resume reside. So yes, the complaints about his level of opposition are semi-validated. Floyd did eventually fight many of the fighters he’s been accused of ducking, including Manny Pacquiao, but he didn’t always look for the biggest challenge in front of him. Because of this, Floyd has a few duds on his record, so here are the five worst opponents of Floyd’s world championship career.
Ricky Hatton was an undefeated fan favorite with a stout resume who could talk almost as well as Mayweather. The only problem is that he was in the wrong weight class. Instead of fighting one of the many viable contenders at welterweight like Shane Mosley, Paul Williams, Antonio Margarito, Miguel Cotto or a even a rematch with Oscar De La Hoya, Floyd decided to look down to the super lightweight division seven pounds below him. Hatton was eventually outmatched and overpowered by the bigger man, and a year later, he got obliterated by a surging Filipino fighter by the name of Manny Pacquiao.
Besides the odd occurrence that was Mayweather vs. Victor Ortiz, this was Floyd’s only stoppage victory since 2005.