Opponents That Had Floyd Mayweather Hurt in the Ring

Published 05/17/2021, 5:18 AM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NV – SEPTEMBER 14: Floyd Mayweather Jr. looks on as he takes on Canelo Alvarez during their WBC/WBA 154-pound title fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on September 14, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Golden Boy/Golden Boy via Getty Images)


Floyd Mayweather appeared near-perfect in his two-decade-long boxing career, winning 50 professional bouts and world titles in five separate weight classes. That said, he remained unbeaten, walking away as arguably the best boxer of this generation.

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While boxing is one of the most vicious sports in the world, several legends have suffered defeats. Although Floyd Mayweather remained an exception, he wasn’t completely immune to taking damage.

Mayweather took considerable punishment from several of his opponents. Despite that, he had the last laugh. In this list, we will take a look at the champions who had a crack at legend, making him look like a man in the ring.

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Floyd Mayweather and a few bad days at work

Starting from Canelo Alvarez to Conor McGregor, Mayweather faced several fighters in his career, including 16 world champion boxers.

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Carlos Hernandez, the former super featherweight boxer, challenged Floyd Mayweather for the WBC belt in 2001 and seemingly shocked the world with his action. The intriguing matchup saw both men trade hard shots. However, Hernandez, who was quick to catch the unbeaten star with a hook, dropped him to the canvas.

It was the only time Mayweather got knocked down in his pro journey. Nevertheless, he regained his flow in the latter stage and departed with a win.

In another bout in 2014, Marcos Maidana exposed a few holes in Mayweather’s game. The first fight was extremely close, and many had tipped their hat to Maidana, crafting the road for a rematch.

Maidana successfully clipped Mayweather several times in the fight and looked pretty dominant. But he had to receive the heat from the other end and eventually lost the bout on points. That said, Marcos Maidana could clearly put a dent on Mayweather’s impeccable defense.

A lot of sweat for Mayweather

In 2006, Zab Judah and Floyd Mayweather unveiled one of the most keenly awaited matchups in the sport. Both the fast-paced boxers had a lot of common features. Thus, it made sense for them to box each other.

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The fight began with Judah’s lightning speed, which puzzled Mayweather. Despite getting hurt, the unbeaten boxer regained himself in the latter rounds and won.

That said, elites like Ricky Hatton, Manny Pacquiao, Canelo Alvarez, Shane Mosley, and many more champions tried their luck against Mayweather. However, they had to bow down to him, as despite hurting him, they couldn’t beat him.

How would you rate Mayweather’s greatness on a scale of 1-10?

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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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