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The only fights that haven't that could have or should have for Floyd that could have added to his legacy possibly at the time were Tszyu, Wright, Margarito, and Pacquiao.
Tszyu was not Floyd's fault. Floyd had been very vocal about fighting Tszyu since he whupped Corrlaes in 2001. When Floyd entered 140, Tszyu was injured in 2004. Tszyu came back, and Floyd openly said he wanted to fight the winner of Tszyu-Hatton, Tszyu lost. Floyd tried to fight Hatton at 140, but Hatton and his side said he wasn't ready. That fight happened anyway in 2007. How is that Floyd's fault???
Floyd was trying to jump 2 weight classes to fight Winky Wright. Arum and Shaw couldn't agree on the split, with Shaw openly saying Wright had too much to lose and nothing to gain, which was pretty much true. It's like Mayweather-Martinez basically, what does Sergio stand to gain from beating someone that much smaller than him??? His hope would be that Floyd went on to beat other Middleweight fighters or something, like how Marquez went on to beat Manny at WW after Floyd beat him there.
Margarito, this one you could place blame on Floyd. But you have to be fair and realize Floyd openly admitted he'd fight Margarito for 8 million, if Arum could get him the Oscar and Cotto fights for the money he wanted. Arum said no he wasn't willing to do that, even though Floyd ended up getting that money anyway to fight Baldomir, Oscar, and Hatton (2 of these fighters Floyd was also supposedly ducking at the time). You could also look and see in 2006 that Floyd has his eyes set on Mosley and Oscar, the two biggest fights for him at the time, and those were still good fights at the time he did. So I think it had more to do with Floyd eyeing the bigger fights and Floyd/Arum not being able to do business together.
And Pacquiao, BOTH of their faults. Only the moronic fans can't admit that. None of them wanted it at the same time. When it was agreed for March 2010, Pac and his side straight up turned down the fight and didn't agree with the testing cutoff. Than, when they were finally ready to agree, Floyd changed his s**t and said test till fight night randomly. Now Floyd did change his wish here, which was dumb at the time, but Pac could have easily just agreed. Instead he didn't agree to testing until Late 2011. Then he said he'd take less money to make it happen, but then when they were getting ready to fight possibly in May 2012, Arum and Pac said 50-50 or no fight. Than Floyd goes to jail and gets out, he should have openly voiced wanting to fight Manny right away, instead he stayed silent not really saying much. He should have just called him out once again for the fight. Then Manny flips and says he'll agree to take less money again, but this was only after he signed to fight Marquez. You see, no one involved wanted this s**t at the same time, one of the biggest f** ups in boxing.