Tonight, Floyd Mayweather will step in the ring for the last time--or so he says. He'll take on a very game opponent in Andre Berto, but many feel it's going to be a one-sided affair, ending with a finish for Mayweather, a feat he last accomplished in 2011 against Victor Ortiz, albeit in very controversial fashion.
A few days ago, the Three Amigos Podcast did a roundup with some popular MMA fighters and personalities, where the focus was predicting how tonight's mega-bout will go and where Floyd sits on boxing's all-time P4P list. A couple of the responses stood out, so I've taken the liberty to transcribe them for you. This prediction comes from Bellator light heavyweight contender, Muhammed "King Mo" Lawal.
I think this fight's going to be exciting. It's kind of like when Floyd fought Cotto. He fought Cotto differently than he fought the rest. When he fought Canelo, he also fought him differently. He held his ground, just like he did with Maidana the first time; he held his ground. I think he's going to hold his ground with Berto, and probably stop him in the ninth or tenth round. I think Berto will come out guns a' blazing because historically, if you've watched his career, he's never been in a boring fight. Let me tell you that. So, I think it's gonna be a good fight.
As far as pound-for-pound, off the evolution of the sport, with the way sports medicine and sports science has progressed, Floyd has to be Number 1. Look at Ali doing the rope-a-dope. If he would have known what he knows now, he would have never done that. He would have never taken those unnecessary hits.
These days, the technique is better, the food, the way we care for injuries...everything is better. Back then, you tear your ACL, it was over. Your career was over. Technically, Floyd is the best fighter I've seen since Nicolino Locche or Pernell Whitaker, and even Rigondeaux. I think Floyd is up there at the top. He's definitely in the Top 10, at the very least.