Floyd Mayweather Names the ‘Pound-for-Pound Best Fighter in Boxing Right Now’

Published 11/22/2021, 7:00 AM EST
LAS VEGAS, NV – MAY 02: Floyd Mayweather Jr. throws a left at 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)


‘TBE’ Floyd Mayweather was the pound-for-pound best boxer during his glittery career that lasted for over two decades. Having faced 50 opponents as a professional, Mayweather remained undefeated with 24 world title fights under the belt. He is arguably the greatest boxer of all time. But the 44-year-old legend is no longer active and hence the current P4P kingpin status is up for grabs.

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Well, boxing has never seen a deficit of elite-level athletes. Per the current scenario, umpteen world champions like Oleksandr Usyk, Canelo Alvarez, or Tyson Fury can claim themselves as the pound-four-pound greatest. But Floyd Mayweather would disagree.

Five-division champion, Mayweather, recently said, “The P4P top fighter in boxing right now is Terence Crawford. To be honest when I was 14 years old or actually 15 years old. When I was 14, I could have turned into a professional you know. Honestly speaking.”

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Akin to Mayweather, Terence Crawford is also undefeated and has held titles in multiple weight classes (3). That said, Crawford recently vanquished former champion, Shawn Porter, via 10 round TKO and has claimed himself as the best welterweight boxer of the time.

Although WBC-IBF champion Errol Spence Jr. can challenge Crawford for that tag, WBO titlist ‘Bud’ still has better accolades than Spence Jr.

NEW YORK, NY – MAY 20: MANDATORY CREDIT Bill Tompkins/Getty Images Terence Crawford defeats Felix Diaz by RTD in the 10th round during their Super Lightweight fight at Madison Square Garden on May 20th, 2017 in New York City. Crawford in the his corner. (Photo by Bill Tompkins/Getty Images)

Crawford, 38-0 has 29 KOs under his name with titles in the lightweight, super lightweight, and welterweight divisions. He has appeared in 16 world title fights. On the contrary, Errol Spence Jr. has a 27-0 record with 21 KOs. ‘The Truth’ has been in 6 world title fights and has only held the title at 147 lbs. Thus, Crawford’s resume touts him to have superior holdings.

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Is Terence Crawford the Floyd Mayweather of this era?

As the numbers are laid out, Crawford is still 12 wins short to touch Mayweather’s 50-0 record. Besides, he needs titles in two more weight classes to be in a similar spot to ‘TBE’. However, Crawford has proven to be a better knockout artist than Floyd Mayweather already, so, ‘Bud’ is in a legendary position right now.

ARLINGTON, TX – APRIL 18: Terence Crawford celebrates after beating Thomas Dulorme of Puerto Rico in the sixth round in their WBO Jr. Welterweight Title Bout on April 18, 2015 at College Park Center in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

He is 34 years old now and shall stick around the sport for at least more than five years from now. While Crawford is a free agent now, he can craft his own matchups and can look to remain active. If the American star manages to remain untouched by the end of his career, it shall be fair to compare him with Floyd Mayweather. Well, Mayweather’s marketing abilities continue to reflect him as the business genius.

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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. Combining his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports, he has earned a combined 3000 plus bylines over the last two years.

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