Rank the toughest opponent for Mayweather: Duran, Benitez, SRL, Hearns?

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  1. MoneyMay1

    MoneyMay1 New Member Full Member

    Jun 9, 2021
    If Mayweather fought these 4 guys, who would he beat?

    Duran at 135
    Benitez at 140
    SRL at 147
    Hearns at 147
    Duran at 147

    Which one of those guys gives him the most trouble?

    Mayweather's peak was at 135 so his fight with Duran there would be the most exciting to me.
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  2. Young Terror

    Young Terror ā˜… Griselda ā˜… Full Member

    May 9, 2012
    I would only give him a shot against Benitez that could go either way the rest beat his ass with Hearns being the worst match up for him of those listed.
  3. BrainyBoxer

    BrainyBoxer Member Full Member

    Mar 18, 2016
    Hearns is a terrible match for him.

    I think Hearns and Ray beat him. Need to think more about Benitez and Duran.
  4. Blaxx

    Blaxx Member Full Member

    Feb 8, 2018
    Those are all really tough matches for Floyd.
    But it's not out of the equation that he wins some.
    Hearns 147
    SRL 147
    Duran 135
    Benitez 140
    Duran 147

    From most to least difficult
  5. Indefatigable

    Indefatigable Active Member banned Full Member

    Mar 6, 2021
    I think his peak was jr-lightweight where he has a chance as best ever at 130. At this weight alone you have prime ko artist Mayweather; prime ko artist Pac; my best 130 ever Arguello; Saddler; Tyrone Everett; the top 10 great Canzoneri; Chavez at his absolute best; Roger; #2 alltime for me Camacho; Boza, Limon, and Chacon. The Terrible Terror Azumah Nelson; all the old guys; the division is packed and atvhis best Mayweather is a VERY dangerous and exciting fighter to go against.
  6. Balder

    Balder Well-Known Member Full Member

    Nov 10, 2012
    Duran - Alexis Arguello - Thin man could drop Duran like Hearns did.
    Benitez - JC Chavez -- Defensive Radar vs unavoidable accuracy - My favorite is this one.
    SRL - SRR - SRR would have to fight at top level.
    Hearns - Mickey Walker - Walker probably walks him down.
    Duran ( 147) - Emile Griffith - Who would impose their game plan and will?

    Mayweather lose to all of them anyway - and their opponents.

    Mayweather probably has the best shot against Benitez at 140. But it would be like watching paint dry and come down to a decision.
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  7. Reinhardt

    Reinhardt Boxing Addict Full Member

    Oct 4, 2016
    There is no worse match up for Mayweather than a prime encounter with Roberto Duran at lightweight.
  8. Reinhardt

    Reinhardt Boxing Addict Full Member

    Oct 4, 2016

    WHAT? Arguello had a chance to move up and fight Roberto as Duran had cleaned out the division,,,,he waited till Duran left lightweight to move up .....there was a reason for that. He goy ko'ed by Pryor twice, Duran was by far better than Pryor
  9. White Bomber

    White Bomber Well-Known Member Full Member

    Mar 31, 2021
    Hearns beats him, FMJ can beat the rest
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  10. Balder

    Balder Well-Known Member Full Member

    Nov 10, 2012
    I certainly would not favor him, but he could land the right hands he landed on Pryor and might have got lucky. No one is beating Duran at that weight and be the favorite.
  11. Gazelle Punch

    Gazelle Punch Boxing Addict Full Member

    Aug 15, 2018
    Judging by his career Iā€™d say SRL but he never fought anyone like Hearns. One of the two
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  12. Bronze Tiger

    Bronze Tiger Well-Known Member Full Member

    Jun 23, 2018
  13. From.Russia

    From.Russia Boxing Addict Full Member

    Jul 15, 2013
    Hearns wins wide UD, i dont see Mayweather doing any offence in this fight.
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  14. mr. magoo

    mr. magoo Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

    Jan 3, 2007
    At 135 id have to make Duran a big favorite.. He owned that division.
  15. Zulu King

    Zulu King Member banned Full Member

    Jun 17, 2021
    Floyd could beat or lose to any of these fighters...he would be right in the mix fighting these guys 3 or 4 times a piece picking up wins and losses against each of them.

    Hard to say who would be the toughest. Each of these guys have the ability to give Floyd a tough fight...
    I would say Floyd would have the potential to look his best against Duran.
    If Duran lost his cool against SRL to that extreme, I an only imagine how it would be against Floyd.
    Also, Duran showed he could be savagely KOd against Hearns. Floyd wouldn't savagely KO him, but I could see him like he did against Hatton, busting Duran straight in his face and Duran going face first into the turnbuckle WWF style...

    But I think Hearns would probably give him his toughest run