Is Terence Crawford Better Than Floyd Mayweather?

Published 11/09/2021, 12:30 PM EST
LAS VEGAS, NV – JUNE 09: Terence Crawford celebrates his victory after a TKO in the 9th round in the WBO welterweight title between Jeff Horn and Terence Crawford at MGM Grand Garden Arena on June 9, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)


Severa boxing analysts don’t really prefer to put anyone above Floyd Mayweather in the all-time G.O.A.T. list. Boasting a 50-0 undefeated record and world championships in five divisions, Mayweather has shared the ring with some of the best and has conquered them all.

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From Canelo Alvarez to Manny Pacquiao and Conor McGregor, Mayweather’s list of in-ring victims reflects some of the best names of world combat.

But there may be a modern-era legend who can surpass all of it and touch new heights. Apart from records, boxing skills can also play a pivotal role in shaping one’s legacy. While Mayweather is often accused of delivering boring fights, WBO welterweight champion Terence Crawford might just become a better version of ‘TBE’ Mayweather.

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Fellow American boxers- Floyd Mayweather and Terence Crawford are both undefeated stars. While Mayweather has retired, Crawford is still actively taking on the current era stars. Sharing 10 years of the age gap, Mayweather and Crawford stand quite close to each other in terms of numbers.

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If we expect ‘Bud’ to compete for another decade, we may see him topple Mayweather’s records. That being said, retaining the unbeaten tag will be extremely demanding. As we stand in 2021, here’s a comparison of Terence Crawford and Floyd Mayweather.

Floyd Mayweather vs Terence Crawford- Records, Numbers KOs

In an active career of 13 years, Crawford has amassed a 37-0 record (28 KOs). He has won all 37 of his pro-appearances and is currently a P4P great of boxing. On the contrary, Floyd Mayweather won all 50 of his pro-appearances in a span of over two decades.

That said, Mayweather’s last win came against a non-professional pugilist Conor McGregor. Meanwhile, Mayweather has attained 27 of his victories via stoppage which also includes his controversial win against Victor Ortiz.

As the timeline shows, Crawford seems to have been more active than Floyd Mayweather so far. He has already surpassed ‘TBE’ in terms of scoring KOs.

If ‘Bud’ sticks around for the next few years, he needs 14 wins more to surpass Mayweather’s 50-0 record.

World championships and Skills

Floyd Mayweather is a five-division world champion and Crawford has held titles in three weight classes so far. Currently, a 147 pounder, the WBO champion needs to move up to secure a similar status with Floyd Mayweather. Crawford definitely has the ability to rise and conquer more divisions.

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Jun 3, 2021; Miami Beach, Florida, USA; Professional boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. looks on after the face off with YouTube star Logan Paul at Villa Casa Casuarina. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

While ‘Money’ Mayweather has beaten the best of his time, Crawford has yet to compete against the boxers like Errol Spence Jr., Yordenis Ugas, and the other champions of his division. Thus, it is still too early to compare ‘Bud’ with ‘TBE’.

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After Crawford finally hangs his gloves, then we can compare the numbers and his achievements with Floyd Mayweather. Till then, ‘Money’ looks favorable to remain at the top.

What do you make of Terence Crawford’s and Floyd Mayweather’s careers?

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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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