Floyd Mayweather: Five divisions, 15 world titles, 26-straight title bout wins

Floyd Mayweather

Chris Farina

Floyd Mayweather’s progression from a contender to world champion to boxing’s biggest star was a sight to behold from beginning to end.

“The Best Ever” made his journey from disappointed Olympian to professional look easy, and it wasn’t long before he was mixing it with the big boys.

1998 saw Mayweather’s sternest test of his young tenure. He was still known as “Pretty Boy” Floyd when coming up against Genaro Hernandez in 1998.

Stopping the US-based Mexican in eight rounds, Floyd Mayweather announced himself on the world stage.

SUPER-FEATHERWEIGHT – 1998 to 2001

1. Genaro Hernandez – Eighth round stoppage, winning the WBC super-featherweight title.

2. Angel Manfredy – Second round stoppage, the first defense of his title.

3. Carlos Rios – Unanimousis decision, successful second defense.

4. Justin Juuko – Ninth round KO, third defense.

5. Carlos Gerena – When stoppages came easy for Floyd Mayweather, Gerena was outed in seven.

6. Gregorio Vargas – Vargas went the distance as Floyd made it five defenses.

7. Diego Corrales – After a brief move up to lightweight, Mayweather came back down to beat down Corrales in ten.

8. Carlos Hernandez – Unanimous verdict for the seventh defense of the WBC belt.

9. Jesus Chavez – Mayweather beat Chavez in nine for an eighth and final defense.

LIGHTWEIGHT – 2002 to 2003

As super-featherweight got put to bed, Mayweather ran straight into trouble against Jose Luis Castillo. The Mexican troubled Mayweather before surrendering the WBC lightweight title on points.

10. Jose Luis Castillo I – Won the WBC lightweight title.

11. Jose Luis Castillo II – First defense in another unanimous win.

12. Victoriano Sosa – UD, second defense.

13. Philip Ndou – The first stoppage at 135 but Mayweather’s last fight at the weight after three green and gold strap defenses.

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SUPER-LIGHTWEIGHT – 2005

A one-off move to 140 saw Floyd Mayweather take on a faded Arturo Gatti merely living off his name at that point. A mismatch only for Pay Per View purposes was always going to end early.

14. Arturo Gatti – Retired in six, Gatti gave Mayweather his WBC super-lightweight crown.

WELTERWEIGHT – 2006

A warm-up against Sharma Mitchell in 2005 saw Mayweather challenging Zab Judah in 2006 for the IBF welterweight title.

15. Zab Judah – A fiery match-up marred by in-ring fighting ended with Mayweather winning the IBF strap.

16. Carlos Baldomir – The controversial Argentinian offered nothing but a hard head as Floyd Mayweather won every round.

SUPER-WELTERWEIGHT – 2007

A brief excursion up to 150 pounds for the most significant Pay Per View offering of its time, Mayweather took De La Hoya’s mantle as the top PPV star of the time.

17. Oscar De La Hoya – A changing of the Pay Per View guard as Mayweather won a split decision.

WELTERWEIGHT – 2007 to 2011

Mayweather would be his most inactive during this period as he struggled with his desire to continue in the ring. Twice Mayweather would announce a least a semi-retirement during this time.

18. Ricky Hatton – Mayweather beat the Englishman in ten before he took nearly two years off. It would be almost four years before his next title bout.

19. Victor Ortiz – Returning to title action, Mayweather won the WBC welterweight crown in his 19th title bout. Ortiz was blindsided and stopped in four.

SUPER-WELTERWEIGHT – 2012

In a fight that almost didn’t take place due to a prison sentence, Mayweather eventually brokered a deal to serve his sentence after the battle.

20. Miguel Cotto – Moving up to “super-welterweight” for a second fight at 150 pounds or above, Mayweather won another world title at his fifth weight.

WELTERWEIGHT – 2013

21. Robert Guerrero – A largely one-sided effort from Floyd Mayweather in a short move back down to 147.

SUPER-WELTERWEIGHT – 2013

Heading up for the final time, Mayweather defeated the up-and-coming fighter of the generation via a controversial majority score.

22. Saul “Canelo” Alvarez – Mayweather taught the young Mexican a lesson that stood him in good stead for the future.

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WELTERWEIGHT – 2014 to END

Mayweather saw out his career at welterweight as he began to run out of opponents.

23. Marcos Maidana I  – The Argentine did enough to earn a rematch, nothing more.

24. Marcos Maidana II – Convincing win for Mayweather the second time around.

Billed as the biggest fight in some years, Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao finally agreed to fight. It was five years too late, and the result proved this was the case.

25. Manny Pacquiao – A drab win for Mayweather as Pacquiao complained of a shoulder injury. Mayweather won his fifteenth world title belt in the process.

26. Andre Berto – The final world title fight of his career, Mayweather won a shut-out decision in his 26th world championship bout.

FLOYD MAYWEATHER RECORD

Floyd Mayweather’s 26 straight victories in world title bouts is a world record that still stands today.

It will take some beating.

Phil Jay is the Editor of WBN. An Auxiliary member of the Boxing Writers Association of America since 2018. And a member of the Sports Journalists’ Association. Follow on Twitter @PhilJWBN.