51-0: World champion overtakes Floyd Mayweather record
World Boxing Council minimumweight champion Thai Wanheng Menayothin is now 51-0 with 18 KO’s following a successful tenth defense of his crown in Nakhon Sawan province, Thailand on Wednesday.
Menayothin broke Floyd Mayweather’s fifty victories minus defeat record obtained when the former pound for pound king stopped Conor McGregor almost exactly one year ago to the day.
His rival will beat tough Filipino Pedro Taduran, ranked number 14 on the World Boxing Council lists, who now has a record of 12 wins with 9 knockouts and two losses via unamimous decision.
Menayothin, who had more than 200 amateur fights, has a long history with the WBC. He won the WBC youth title in March 2007, successfully defending it 8 times, then won the WBC international title in December 2009, achieving 12 successful defenses.
On November 6, 2014, he won the world minimumweight crown by knocking out Mexican Osvaldo “Gallito” Novoa and is now a record-breaking title holder.
Mayweather held the feat dear to his heart, even having merchandise made stating his 50-0 achievement, but can still boast the most impressive record of the modern era.
‘Money’ has bettered 24 fellow world champions during his career, with Wanheng only able to name three on his C.V.
The 105lb king has some way to go to even get close to matching Mayweather’s legacy, although can at least lay claim to the record of holding the best active unbeaten run since turning pro.
Since 2015, Menayothin has fought eleven times, four of which were in non-title affairs.
A move up in weight seems the logical next step for the 32 year-old, who would need to prove his worth in a lot more than one division in order to seal some sort of prestige among the all-time greats of the lower divisions.
Fellow countryman Pongsaklek Wonjangkam enjoyed an amazing run of his own at the flyweight limit but didn’t move up in weight until launching a comeback this year, which ultimately affected his standing in history.