Following up on Floyd Mayweather’s admission that Manny Pacquiao would overtake his mark of 23 world champions beaten, WBN decided to crunch the numbers.
Going through both records with a fine-tooth comb, it seems Mayweather has counted his two victories over Jose Luis Castillo and Marcos Maidana.
The actual number of world champions defeated by Mayweather is 21. The total reaches 23 if you add the rematch wins.
Pacquiao, on the other hand, has 22 victories over recognized title holders. That number stretches to 25 with second triumphs, 26 if you count Tim Bradley as two victories.
Therefore, the Filipino Senator holds the record all on his own. A blow to Mayweather, who obviously wanted to hold on to it a little longer.
Below is a list compiled of all the belt holders who the two rivals have overcome.
Unless Floyd Mayweather comes out of retirement at the age of 43, the record stays with Manny Pacquiao.
Jose Luis Castillo (twice)
Oscar De La Hoya
Juan Manuel Marquez
Marcos Maidana (twice)
Mayweather’s world championship career began in 1998, just two years on from his pro debut. It lasted a full nineteen years until Berto in 2015.
The ‘Money’ man never suffered a loss, ending his ring stint on 50-0 after beating Conor McGregor in a special cross-codes and sanctioned bout in 2017.
Marco Antonio Barrera (twice),
Erik Morales (twice)
Juan Manuel Marquez (twice)
De La Hoya
Timothy Bradley (should be twice)
Pacquiao turned pro almost two years earlier than Floyd Mayweather in early 1995 but didn’t fight in a fight sanctioned for a title until two months after Mayweather.
Despite this fact, Pacquiao rattled through the divisions and became a world title-holder at seven or eight different weight classes, dependent on which sanctioning bodies you count.
Losing seven times, the 41-year-old has made comeback after comeback and continues to reign at welterweight – even today.
The pair have consistently been linked to a second fight after their 2015 contest disappointed considerably.
Should Mayweather want to equal the record, he has an ideal opportunity should he come out of retirement and challenge Pacquiao for the WBA welterweight crown.