Is Floyd Mayweather Bad for Boxing?

From age 10, boxing is a sport I loved to watch. Conditioning and superior skills created an event which had my eyes tightly focused on the television. Once in a while, a match was boring, either because one of the opponents was highly overmatched, or because neither fighter was aggressive. That is what I see when Mayweather is involved in a match. There is no intent in this article to undermine or even question Mayweather’s ability. He is one of the top three greatest boxers of all time. Other factors give reason to ask the question: “Is he harmful to the sport in general?”

When he chooses to accept a match, the money must be exceptional. The Pay-per-View price is out of reach for many fans. His opponent is often no match for his talent, and the viewer has paid a great deal of money to see a boring exhibition instead of a “fight.” It often appears that he avoids actual competition. For eight years, the few “worthy” opponents he has faced lasted all 12 rounds, demonstrating his lack of ability to entirely dominate the match against evenly-matched opponents.

His record is now 47-0. Among others, Bleacher Report writer Andrew Gould is calling for Mayweather to face only top-notch opponents, as his career is coming to an end. Mayweather’s rematch with Marcos Maidana gave fans the same old Floyd Mayweather. He stayed on the defensive, picking moments to throw punches. He was never in any danger of a knockdown, and won his fifth consecutive decision victory.

The once dominate sport of professional boxing continues to lose fans. Two major factors are responsible for its decline. First and foremost is the fact that the heavyweight division is void of superstars. The Joe Louis’s, Floyd Pattersons, Mohammad Alis, Mike Tysons or George Foremans have long since left the ring. The division has lost glamour and interest. The second factor is “cage fighting.” It has other names, none of which fittingly describe the “sport.” It’s street fighting, and it appeals to a younger crowd because of its violence and pure brutality.

It has been up to the lower weight classes to keep interest in the sport alive for many years. Mayweather must be one of the standard bearers. Mayweather’s Showtime contract expires next September. He told ESPN’s Dan Rafael that he intends to retire at that point. It does not help that Mayweather has placed himself in a questionable position once more. He was ordered to report before the Nevada State Athletic Commission next week. His appearance is the result of pregame publicity. In a promo for Showtime, two exhibition fights were shown. Neither fighter had a rest break. It also depicted marijuana use in Mayweather’s Las Vegas mansion. Mayweather explained the fights by saying “The Doghouse – the rules are you fight till whoever quits.”

Francisco Aguilar, head of the Nevada State Athletic Commission, said their main responsibility is the health and safety of fighters. He added that they did not want to jump to any conclusions before they had received all the information. Aguilar’s concern is that the fighters could be seriously hurt in that situation due to fatigue. “I want to ensure that what they’re doing is in the best interest of the fighters,”

The other incident witnessed several young women rolling “joints.” Although Mayweather is never seen smoking, at one point he did order an assistant to purchase more rolling papers.

Is Floyd Mayweather bad for boxing? Each must have his own opinion. If someone is heavily invested in the monetary end, they will continue to love him. Fans will question whether or not it is worth the money to watch Mayweather during the next year.

Opinion by James Turnage

Bleacher Report

9 Responses to "Is Floyd Mayweather Bad for Boxing?"

  1. Jon   September 25, 2014 at 6:13 am

    Floyd faced bigger opponents all his career Oscar de la Hoya, corrales, alaverz , Ortiz , cotto . Baldomir.and etc @theump. If don’t know boxing don’t talk boxing

    • Theump   September 25, 2014 at 5:50 pm

      “Floyd faced bigger opponents all his career Oscar de la Hoya, corrales, alaverz , Ortiz , cotto . Baldomir.and etc @theump. If don’t know boxing don’t talk boxing.”

      If _I_ don’t know boxing? Really??? Mayweather has a 72″ reach. Look it up anywhere. ANYWHERE.

      Mayweather: 68″ tall, 72″ reach
      Alvarez: 69″ tall, 70.5″ reach
      Corrales: 70″ tall, 70″ reach
      Ortiz: 69″ tall, 70″ reach
      Cotto: 67″ tall, 67″ reach
      Baldomir: 67″ tall, 68″ reach

      Against Floyd, the “larger” Cotto gave up 5″ in reach. Carlos Baldomir gave up 4″ in reach. Out of 47 professional fights, the ONLY opponent Floyd ever faced who was BOTH taller and had more reach was Oscar. Floyd won a split decision, and then refused a rematch by claiming he was “retired from boxing”. The most famous of the three judges present that night, perhaps the most famous judge in boxing history, Tommy Kaczmarek, who is in the Boxing Hall of Fame and was also Chairman of the Ring Officials Review Committee, had De La Hoya winning, 115-113. Judges Giampa and Roth had Floyd winning by a similar margin. Jon? Give me a break.

      • Jon I know boxing   September 25, 2014 at 9:05 pm

        Since when does having longer arms means your the larger fighter . Again! If you don’t know boxing don’t speak boxer smh

        • Theump   October 4, 2014 at 5:47 pm

          It doesn’t mean you are larger, it means you have more reach, which means you can hit the other guy, while using your jab to keep him outside. Mayweather built his career doing exactly that, hiding behind his reach advantage, hitting without getting hit. With the single exception of Oscar, every time Floyd had a chance to face an opponent with longer reach, he “retired” or ducked.

          • You still don't know boxing   October 4, 2014 at 8:26 pm

            I believe corales had the reach i must mention a real boxing fan would know that but hitting and not getting his boxing . And what boxers has he ducked with longer reach? He ask bob arums while he was with top rank for a deal that’ll get him the cotto and margarito fight it didn’t go through well. Besides cotto and Mosley beat him and mayweather beat them lmao . Who did he duck? Since coming back he’s faced Ortiz(bigger fighter who came of a big win against berto and is a big puncher with a lot of aggression) he was easy work. Marquez (the guy who knocked out pacquiao and gave him battles… Floyd schooled him in a fight so easy it should’ve been shown for free) mosley( just came off beating margarito and who manny ducked because he gave manny everything he wanted money location weight , just so manny can go fight margarito.. Pretty much easy work. And before you say he was old . Actually floyd called Mosley and Mosley ducked him it’s on YouTube mosley Larry merchant post fight video. Cotto at his comfortable weight because manny drained him when he fought him. Stood toe to toe and rocked him in the 12th. Guerrero a southpaw everyone is still running from easy work. Canelo boxing next big star easy work and maidana twice. Wasn’t easy but he showed why he’s legendary with adjustments the maidana had no answer for.

            Pacquiao on the other hand since 2010 has faced Joshua clottey what has he Done in boxing? Margarito the slow cheater who should’ve been banned from boxing. Shane Mosley who Freddie roach is quoted saying is was old after the mayweather fight. Marquez who actually won in my opinion and many fight fans opinion( look up max kellermen pacquaio Marquez 3 post fight on YouTube) timothy Bradley who is a middle who doesn’t pack much on a punch so he drains himself to make welterweight limit he won both fights in my eyes but should’ve knocked a guy out with 2 BROKEN AKLES !!!! Marquez knocks him out the 4th time. And he fights brandon rios!… BRANDON RIOS could mayweather get away with fighting rios? And now chris algeri…… Um CHRIS ALGERI?????? Ya so now again I know boxing mayweather didn’t duck fighters . He’s really a 140 pounder he comes in weighing 146 im sure he could shed 2 or 3 lbs easy. Be grateful when you watch a legend

  2. asian   September 23, 2014 at 10:51 am

    hes saved boxing. no one cares about boxing now days as the UFC has taken over the ppv fighting role. it’s all in the numbers as floyd mayweather fights and to a lesser extent pac man, pull in the ppv numbers to pull a profit.

    heres the scenario, mexican/latinos, get some great mexican hype hope to stand behind. then fights floyd (((cause floyds the flashy arrogant black who never loses in their eyes and would love to the the flashy arrogant american black lose to latino pride)))) hoping to embrace a mexican/latinos champ, never to see a mexican/latinos champ.

  3. Eddie   September 23, 2014 at 3:48 am

    No he’s not bad for boxing he just can’t be beat he is well equipped at his craft and every time he beats someone everybody thinks he gone to lose to his haters got complaints.

  4. Theump   September 22, 2014 at 8:54 pm

    Is Floyd bad for boxing? In his 47 professional fights, list all the opponents Floyd faced who were taller and had a reach advantage. Now name another great welterweight, super-welterweight, or middleweight champion who never faced a taller opponent with greater reach. That’s right. You can’t. Only Floyd. Some will claim he didn’t have many opportunities. He did have them, but he ducked them. Martinez, Williams, and even Margarito. He just chose to face junior welterweights instead. Is Floyd bad for boxing? Floyd damaged boxing by putting himself above the sport. The question is not whether Floyd is bad for boxing, but whether boxing can survive what Floyd has done to it.

  5. Al   September 22, 2014 at 2:11 am

    Yes. He is bad for boxing and should retire ASAP! He is not an exciting boxer anyway.

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