Respected trainer Abel Sanchez has rejected Floyd Mayweather’s claims that the pound for pound king cleaned up both the welterweight and super welterweight divisions before retirement.
Mayweather, 39, held unified world titles at both 147 and 154 pounds before announcing his last fight for September last year, although Sanchez believes the American didn’t take the necessary risks at a higher limit.
“Floyd Mayweather claims he moved up in weight and fought everybody up to 154, but does he also point out that everybody he fought at the higher weights were also moving up like he was? – So in reality, he was fighting guys from the division he was moving up from,” Sanchez pointed out to World Boxing News.
“Everybody Mayweather fought, when he started moving up, were above the division they started at. They were naturally Mayweather’s own weight or at maximum one division different to the start of their career.
“Look at Manny Pacquiao in contrast as he was 112 pounds, but look at everyone he fought from the Castillo fight onwards.”
Sanchez had long been a fan of his own fighter Gennady Golovkin moving down to 154 pounds for a clash with Mayweather until ‘Money’ recently admitted that the big-hitting Kazakh was too big for the clash to ever happen.
Instead, Mayweather is looking into the possibility of an exhibition clash of codes with UFC star Conor McGregor as Golovkin sets his sights on claiming the one belt left at 160 pounds, not currently in his possession.
“GGG has won his titles and fought all his fights at middleweight, the division he started at, whereas Mayweather never really fought any naturally bigger guys,” he said.