VIDEO: Floyd Mayweather’s Best 5 Knockouts

Published 01/03/2022, 8:00 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 has claimed most of his wins via stoppage but has never earned the respect he deserved. This might have happened for his reputation of being a technical and defensive master in the ring. Mayweather’s agility and footwork turned him near-invincible and most people didn’t acknowledge his KO-power.

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Well, Mayweather was never a power puncher with a one-punch KO ability. But he could lead his way to a stoppage by constant jabs and brilliant movements. In his latest outing against Logan Paul in an exhibition, Floyd Mayweather stressed putting his KO power to the display. But he failed against Paul, who entered with a significant weight, height, and reach advantage.

While the exhibition fight doesn’t verify Mayweather’s pro-boxing achievements, he has a lot of memories to look back and cherish. Having amassed the status of a five-division undefeated world champion, Mayweather is also the richest boxer to have ever lived. Here’s a look at his top knockouts that shook the world.

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Floyd Mayweather vs Ricky Hatton (2007)

Following a heated build-up that involved Floyd Mayweather donning the Manchester United jersey in Manchester during a presser, ‘TBE’ vs ‘Hitman’ was a nail-biting contest. Floyd Mayweather had put his welterweight title at stake and Hatton came in all for it. The Brit boxer offered sheer aggression in the first stage of their in-ring collision.

He moved brilliantly and jabbed ‘TBE’ all over. However, Floyd Mayweather offered a similar game plan from his side. Mayweather’s body movement was hard to crack and Hatton found it lately. He threw several shots, but none of them actually damaged Mayweather.

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In the 10 round, Floyd Mayweather shook everyone by landing a clean left on Hatton. It was enough to put Hatton through the ropes. Floyd Mayweather earned a big win under his name and vanquished another all-time legend in his glittery boxing career.

Floyd Mayweather vs Victor Ortiz (2011)

This one was a controversial outcome, with people pouring mixed emotions about it. But the fight didn’t lack entertainment at all. Mexican boxer Victor Ortiz lighted up Mayweather in the ring and seemed in a hurry to vanquish his unbeaten opponent. He seemed energetic and planted bigshots on Mayweather.

By round four, Floyd Mayweather was on the ropes, with Ortiz putting all his aggression on him. However, Ortiz mistakenly planted a headbutt, which cost him the fight. The referee chimed in and separated both men. While Ortiz was apologetic for his action, Mayweather was vexed.

The fight resumed and Ortiz came forward to hug his opponent, a sign to express his apology. Nevertheless, Mayweather took his chance and planted big punches on a defenseless Victor Ortiz. The shots fed Ortiz to the canvas, and Mayweather earned a KO win in his favor. But several fans ridiculed ‘TBE’ for his action.

Floyd Mayweather vs Arturo Gatti (2005)

The super lightweight title fight was a lopsided affair in favor of Floyd Mayweather, who had called his opponent a C-level throughout the build-up. The in-ring scenario reflected a similar scene as Mayweather was in complete charge of the fight. He landed his shots at will and didn’t let Gatti get comfortable for a second.

Mayweather poleaxed his opponent for all six rounds and the damage was evident. Arturo Gatti’s bruised-up eye left him in extreme trouble. Although Gatti threw a few jabs, they were ineffective. Mayweather battered him so much that Gatti couldn’t come back from his corner after round six. They declared the RTD in favor of ‘TBE’, and it was a tremendous accomplishment for Floyd Mayweather.

Floyd Mayweather vs Conor McGregor (2017)

After beating 49 pro-boxers, Mayweather opted to end his career by locking horns against a UFC superstar in Conor McGregor. The crossover happened in 2017 and split the combat world into two halves. It was a massive blockbuster and several people had envisioned a 42-year-old Mayweather to lose against McGregor.

Conor McGregor was also confident about his skill-set and having KO-ed so many fighters in the UFC, he was raring to stop ‘Money’. McGregor seemed more vocal and confident throughout the build-up of the fight. He even claimed himself to be the new ‘king’ of boxing. However, the reality differed from what McGregor thought it would be.

Although Conor McGregor dominated the first few rounds and shot fireworks, he couldn’t keep up till the last stage. Floyd Mayweather took his time to establish dominance. Once it was done, Mayweather planted shots from everywhere and stopped McGregor in the 10 round of the fight. The final professional win of his career came via TKO.

Floyd Mayweather vs Diego Corrales (2001)

Diego Corrales had fought a prime version of Floyd Mayweather at the MGM Grand Arena back in 2001. With the WBC super featherweight strap up for grabs, Mayweather delivered a sharp performance against Corrales. The high-voltage bout saw both men looking comfortable in the ring.

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But Mayweather was clearly the better fighter. He attacked Corrales from various angles only to earn a TKO in round 10. By then, Diego Corrales was at the end of his gas tank. Mayweather’s smart fight IQ was also on point and we saw him claim a brilliant win.

While Mayweather has 27 stoppages in 50 wins, his KO-ratio stands at a whopping 54%. But it’s his defense and technical movements that are mostly recognized by the fans.

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Well, that still doesn’t take away his features of being an A-lister knockout fighter. Do you think Floyd Mayweather deserves the tag of a KO-artist?

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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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