Originally Posted by Shake
While I'm far from a historian, I agree with all the above. I think Mayweather is a phenom, and while I really wish he would test himself to his utmost limits, he has acquired quite a laudable resume all the same.
I picked Meldrick Taylor for this thread not because of his resume or accomplishments, but because I believe he has a unique set of abilities that would make it difficult for Floyd to win. Just the combination of ATG handspeed and a really *****in' workrate makes it hard to win rounds against Taylor -- and we saw he could keep up that workrate under tremendous pressure and stress, absorbing much punishment versus Chavez yet still winning rounds.
Floyd would have to win the fight with his feet, turning Taylor, countering -- but can he effectively outscore Taylor while countering? With that handspeed. I dunno. I'd like to see it.
I really think Floyd would be an underdog here. Styles make fights.
These are all very good points. I've been reluctant to make a pick (although I lean toward Mayweather) because I think it's a very tight matchup.
A think a flip side to Taylor's handspeed and workrate was his tendency to square himself up, and "shoeshine" with the handspeed. This could present opportunities for Mayweather to get angles on him and counter.