Could peak Floyd Mayweather have beat all Sugar Ray Leonard challengers

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  1. ThatOne

    ThatOne Well-Known Member Full Member

    Jan 13, 2022
    Could peak Floyd Mayweather have beat all Sugar Ray Leonard challengers at the stage of their careers when Sugar Ray Leonard beat them?
  2. Melankomas

    Melankomas Member Full Member

    Dec 18, 2022
    Benitez? Yes.
    Duran? Possibly.
    Hearns? **** no.
    Hagler? No chance.
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  3. Jackomano

    Jackomano Boxing Junkie Full Member

    Nov 22, 2014
  4. Dynamicpuncher

    Dynamicpuncher Boxing Addict Full Member

    Jan 14, 2022
    Well I don't think he beats Hearns, I can't think of a worst style match up for Mayweather at Welterweight than Hearns.

    Hagler is an unfair match up, because Mayweather never fought as a Middleweight.

    I don't think he beats Duran at 135, but at 147 it's a pick em.

    Benitez ? I think Mayweather could win a close decision in a chess match.

    As for all of Leonard's other most notable opponents at Welterweight ? I think Mayweather beats them all.
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  5. Thread Stealer

    Thread Stealer Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

    Jun 30, 2005
    No, but in fairness, he’s a smaller guy who first won a title at 130.
  6. NoNeck

    NoNeck Pugilist Specialist Full Member

    Apr 3, 2012
    Yes, most likely doesn't need a rematch to beat Duran, but beating Hagler and Hearns would obv be challenging.
  7. ChrisJS

    ChrisJS Well-Known Member Full Member

    Sep 11, 2018
    I’d say loses to Benitez, 0-2 Duran, 0-2 Hearns, loses to Hagler of course.
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  8. Vic The Gambler

    Vic The Gambler Active Member Full Member

    Jun 14, 2022
    I think he’d have a decent chance against Duran. Duran’s aggressive pressure will cut no ice with Mayweather. He’ll run and counter and rack up points all day long. Mayweather by majority.

    Against Hagler? At MW? At first glance I’m laughing because it seems so ludicrous to imagine that Mayweather will get anything but a mega beat down! But on second glance, Hagler was past his best so not the destruction I first thought. But he’s still too strong for Mayweather and Hagler wins by a couple of rounds. Mayweather disputes the decision and asks for a rematch. Hagler tells him to go back down to WW and don’t play with the big boys ever again.

    Hearns? I don’t see it ending too well for Mayweather. It starts well enough but that long reach and those dangerous fists soon take over. Mayweather will be on the back foot throughout as Hearns goes for the finish. Could be a KO for Hearns but I’m leaning towards a points win like he had over Benitez…except a UD not an MD.

    Benitez and Mayweather will be a chess match. The judges struggle to keep their eyes open long enough to award Mayweather a split decision win.
    Or was it a Benitez split decision win? I don’t know, I turned over at halfway to watch Dynasty!
  9. Mark Dunham

    Mark Dunham Active Member Full Member

    Mar 19, 2021
    given they all competed at the same weight, and one faded fighter five years late, why not?

    Whatever Ray did, Floyd does better
  10. JohnThomas1

    JohnThomas1 Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

    Apr 27, 2005
    I can't see him beating Montreal Duran personally. That's the version he's first up against.
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  11. Hannibal Barca

    Hannibal Barca Active Member Full Member

    Jul 23, 2010
    Benitez? Probably
    Duran? Possibly
    Hearns? Never
    Hagler? Never
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  12. Pugguy

    Pugguy Boxing Addict Full Member

    Aug 22, 2021
    As a subset of the question - I think Hearns might be the strongest “never” - or at least I think he’d win more emphatically than the rest.
  13. surfinghb

    surfinghb Boxing Addict Full Member

    Aug 26, 2017
    In Reality ,, Floyd doesn't take any of the fights .. so I dont see him beating any of Ali's Challengers either .. the thread is unrealistic garbage like most Mayweather threads
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  14. NewChallenger

    NewChallenger New Member Full Member

    Oct 17, 2020
    I'm assuming he fights these guys at the weight Leonard fought them.
    Duran - Yes, Mayweather will not be dumb enough to trade with him (If it is at Lightweight, Duran by Murder in the 9th)
    Hagler - No
    Hearns - **** no
    Benitez - yes, I believe so
  15. White Bomber

    White Bomber Boxing Addict Full Member

    Mar 31, 2021
    Yes. Hearns is the one that will give him the most trouble and could even beat him, but if Hearns gets tired like he did against Leonard, Mayweather can capitalize.