A Look Back at Floyd Mayweather’s Controversial Defeat in Boxing

Published 06/04/2021, 9:30 PM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NV – MAY 02: Floyd Mayweather Jr. sits in his corner between rounds against Manny Pacquiao during their welterweight unification championship bout on May 2, 2015 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)


Floyd Mayweather has remained unscathed in his professional boxing career, holding a clean record of 50-0, and championship wins at 5 weight classes.

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While none of the elites could have a crack at him, Mayweather suffered a scratching loss in his amateur boxing journey that raises concerns amongst fans even today.

Although it holds no relevance in Mayweather’s current stardom, the loss continues to be a matter of debate in the boxing community.

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It was before Mayweather’s professional debut when he suffered the defeat at the 1996 Olympics semifinals. The result caused widespread resentment from the boxing universe and was regarded as highly controversial.

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It even vexed Floyd Mayweather, who chose to bid goodbye to the amateur boxing circuit. It was a smart decision as ‘Pretty Boy’ Floyd went on to become the most successful boxer of all time. Here’s a look back at his loss in the Atlanta Olympics.

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19-year-old Floyd Mayweather secured his spot as a semi-finalist by beating every single opponent on his way. However, Bulgarian boxer Todorov stopped his run and Mayweather had to depart with a bronze medal on his shoulder. Serafim Todorov had more experience on his corner and could go to the distance with Mayweather.

However, a young ‘Pretty Boy’ appeared to be more dominant and thoroughly outclassed his rival in the squared circle.

Mayweather landed several significant strikes and could successfully deflect Serafim Todorov’s best shots. But it wasn’t enough to have the last laugh.

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Maybe a stoppage win could have brought the game in Mayweather’s favor. But it didn’t happen and judges scored the contest as 10-9 in the Bulgarian boxer’s favor. Nevertheless, destiny took a different turn and Mayweather ended up becoming a billionaire boxer.

Meanwhile, Todorov could only have 7 fights as a professional, without any monumental achievement in the ride. Several reports have cited him to earn $435/monthly pension.

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On the other hand, 44-year-old Floyd Mayweather has retired as an active boxer but continues to accept exhibition bouts against Internet stars.

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Raj Sarkar

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A senior boxing writer at EssentiallySports, Raj Sarkar is a mass media graduate who is currently pursuing his master’s degree in broadcast journalism. In addition to his current role, he has worked with the MMA team at EssentiallySports and has interviewed prominent fighters such as Ritu Phogat and 'The Red King' Rory MacDonald. He combined his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports and has a combined 2000 plus bylines in MMA and boxing over the last two years.

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