Pound for pound king Floyd Mayweather Jr. will no longer be recognised as the world’s best fighter next month as World Boxing News moves on from a year-long show of respect.
Mayweather was afforded the top spot in WBN’s Pound for Pound Top 50 for twelve months after he announced his retirement due the amazing achievements the American secured in the ring.
Winning eight world titles in five weight divisions and boasting a standout record of 49-0, Mayweather is widely regarded as the best fighter of his generation following a stellar nineteen-year career.
Victories over ex-world champions Genaro Hernandez, Diego Corrales, Jose Luis Castillo, Arturo Gatti, Zab Judah, Carlos Baldomir, Ricky Hatton, Oscar De La Hoya, Juan Manuel Marquez, Shane Mosley, Miguel Cotto, Saul Alvarez, Marcos Maidana and Manny Pacquiao hoisted Mayweather to the summit of boxing and earned ‘Money’ nine figures that are unsurpassed by anyone.
Pay-per-view records tumbled time and again when Mayweather fought as fans tuned in not only to see the dazzling skills he possessed – but towards the end of his career, to see if any fighter had the ability to match him.
It proved not to be the case, and despite being linked to a return constantly, Mayweather has so far resisted calls for a comeback.
Fights with Conor McGregor of MMA fame and a rematch with Pacquiao have been talked-about, although nothing has been official from Mayweather’s team as we approach the twentieth anniversary of Floyd’s professional debut this October.
September 10th this year now takes on new significance as WBN number two Roman Gonzalez and third-ranked Gennady Golovkin battle it out for the right to take over from Mayweather at the top.
Should Gonzalez win a fourth weight world title against Carlos Cuadras at The Forum, the Nicaraguan would surely be the new P4P king, unless Golovkin can score a spectacular early knockout of Kell Brook on the same night in London.