Once Floyd Mayweather pushed his record to 50-0, he brought down the curtains on his Hall of Fame career. Having retired several times in the past, Mayweather has always appeared ready to jump back into the sport whenever he wanted. Over the years, however, the now 46-year-old hasn’t had the itch to return. But that doesn’t mean former fighters aren’t still talking about him.
In 2010, Shane Mosley was confident that he would be the man to crack the flummoxing Mayweather code. At the time, the former five-division champ strutted to the ring perfect through 40 career fights. But, despite being flawless, his power wasn’t always lauded. With roughly half of his fights going to the judges’ scorecards, including against Mosley, from the outside looking in, it was ostensible that his boxing skills were elite but his power was nonexistent. That statement, however, couldn’t be further from the truth according to Mosley.
“When I fought Floyd, his power was really good,” explained Mosley to FightHype.com recently who lost a unanimous decision to Mayweather. “His power was actually the same speed and power when I fought Canelo at 154.”
Canelo, who currently holds all four world titles at 168 pounds and was once a champion at 175 pounds, also fought Mayweather in 2013, losing a majority decision.
Mosley’s need to bring up his matchup against Mayweather stems from the present-day handiwork of Terence Crawford. Just a few short weeks ago, the 35-year-old pounded Errol Spence Jr. to the tune of a ninth-round stoppage win, netting him his second undisputed reign.
Now, considering his performance, many have wondered how Crawford (40-0, 31 KOs) would have fared against Mayweather. Mosley though, wouldn’t entertain that hypothetical showdown. He did, nevertheless, feel the need to defend Mayweather from the prognosticators who believe Crawford would have found a way to get the stoppage win due to the Hall of Famers lack of KOs.
“That’s why people weren’t just running in.”