How Good Is Floyd Mayweather as a Knockout Artist?

Published 12/22/2021, 10:00 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)


Floyd Mayweather is one of the all-time greats in the sport of boxing who has remained undefeated throughout his career. Having held world titles in five -divisions, Mayweather has faced quality competition all his life. However, critics still ridicule his performances.

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His win against Canelo Alvarez doesn’t go well with several people, claiming that Mayweather hadn’t faced the prime version of Alvarez. ‘TBE’ hasn’t really bothered about it. He has always considered himself as the greatest and with the successful stint of 50-0, none can challenge his resume.

Well, boxing is a violent sport and a massive portion of the audience prefers to see the boxers land knockouts. In that case, Mayweather has been a defensive elite all his life and has never been a recognized power puncher. That said, Mayweather has earned most of his wins via stoppage. In 50 wins, he has scored 27 KOs, with a 54% KO ratio.

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With 4 KOs,  4 RTDs, and 19 TKOs, Mayweather’s image as a knockout artist isn’t considered in high regards. Here’s a look at how Mayweather channelized his power all his life.

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Is Floyd Mayweather a powerful KO artist?

Mayweather has never been a one-punch hitter. He used his defensive idea and game plan to put his power through sheer tactics. Apart from this, Mayweather has not allowed his opponents to take him down with a flurry of jabs. The ‘TBE’ was never a fan of slugfests. Instead, he used his footwork and fight IQ to deactivate his opponents with jabs. On finding the right time, he put his haymakers into the display. That said, the referees had intervened in most of the cases, turning the stoppages into Technical Knockout.

LAS VEGAS, NV – AUGUST 26: Referee Robert Byrd stops the fight in round 10 with a TKO of Conor McGregor by Floyd Mayweather Jr. in their super welterweight boxing match on August 26, 2017 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Mayweather’s last win came against UFC’s two-division champion Conor McGregor in 2017 via TKO. Before that, Floyd Mayweather had stopped several A-listed opponents like Victor Ortiz, Arturo Gatti, Ricky Hatton, Henry Brussels, and several others. Mayweather clearly possessed immense power, but his technical IQ somehow overpowered his hard-hitting features. He never rushed to put his opponents on the canvas, and that’s what fetched him impressive results.

Did Floyd Mayweather earn all of his stoppages fairly?

Mayweather has always been a controversial figure. However, his boxing prowess is undeniable except for the win against Victor Ortiz, which spun several controversies back in the days. Ortiz and Mayweather locked horns in 2011 for the WBC welterweight strap and unveiled an entertaining clash.

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But the fight ended shockingly. Ortiz looked good in-ring and offered sheer aggression against Mayweather. He planted some sleek shots and ‘TBE’ appeared in danger. In round four, Ortiz cornered Mayweather with brutal shots but plated an illegal headbutt.

It urged the referee to step in, but Ortiz was aware of the mishap and apologized. As the fight resumed, Ortiz hugged Mayweather with his guards down. ‘TBE’ used it in his favor and landed the right hook to score the controversial KO. Thus, Mayweather had to find uncanny ways to feed his rivals to the canvas.

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Even though he had the finishing punches in his armor KO-power, his defensive prowess doesn’t allow him to get considered amongst the top 10 hardest hitters in the sport. Despite all the odds, Floyd Mayweather will always remain a special personality in the sport.

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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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