“That’s Where I Could Have Beaten Him”: 18 Years After Retirement, Mexican Boxing Legend Julio Cesar Chavez Remains Honest About His Fictional Fight Against Floyd Mayweather Jr

Published 12/29/2023, 12:13 AM EST

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Retired Mexican professional boxer and world lightweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez is a legend of the sport. He had been one of the longest undefeated boxers, with 89 wins and 1 draw and no losses to his name until American Frankie Randall defeated him. Chavez, who is also known as ‘Cacho’, additionally holds the world record for having the most fans at a boxing event.

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However, talking of great boxers, a name that never fails to come up is Floyd Mayweather Jr, who is one of the most renowned boxers today. Much like Chavez, Mayweather boasts an undefeated record with 50 wins and no losses or draws. The parallels between him and Chavez as two greats call for a comparison. In a recent interview with 1on1 Boxing News, Chavez finally gave his opinion on who would beat who against Mayweather. Let us see what he has to say.

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In the interview, Julio Cesar Chavez was asked a hypothetical question, which put him against Floyd Mayweather. Without any delay, the former provided his honest opinion, saying, “At 135lbs, 140, I think I’d have beaten Mayweather, not at another weight because I never made 147lbs.” He believes that his chances lie in his natural weight, and he has always fought at 135 or 140 pounds. So it is not a surprise that he is most comfortable there.

Julio Cesar Chavez further mentioned, “My natural weight was 140lbs or 135. That’s where I could have beaten him.” Chavez’s experience has given him more than enough opportunities to find out about his strengths and weaknesses. His ability to know and acknowledge Mayweather’s prowess even after 18 years of retirement proves that he is a fighter through and through. Does Mayweather share similar thoughts?

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On the contrary, here’s what Floyd Mayweather says about facing Julio Cesar Chavez

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Although Mayweather has retired from professional boxing, he does enjoy a few exhibition fights here and there. However, he realizes that facing an influencer is not the same as facing the legends of the sport. For this one reason, Floyd Mayweather turned down a chance to fight Chavez. He said, “Julio Cesar Chavez is a legend; I take my hat off to him.

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Mayweather further said, “Yesterday, when we were on stage, I told him he’s a legend; guys like Julio Cesar Chavez, Roberto Duran, Larry Holmes paved the way; they paved the way for me to get to where I am.” Chavez had defeated Mayweather’s uncle, Roger Mayweather. It is only right that he give respect to him rather than put up the gloves against him for an exhibition fight.

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There were rumors of a possible exhibition fight between the two. However, it never materialized. While one stays undefeated for the time to come and another suffers his first loss after 90 bouts, who do you think comes out on top? Let us know in the comments below.

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Prachi Prava Senapati

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The Greatest aka Muhammad Ali would always say, “We can’t be brave without fear.” I am a Boxing author at EssentiallySports and was first drawn to the boxing gym when a friend of mine came to meet me with her hand wraps still on. After arranging enough resources, I joined the gym and eventually tried my hand at MMA as well.
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