Why Does Floyd Mayweather Have a Poor Knockout Record?

Published 05/11/2021, 12:00 PM 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)


The world knows Floyd Mayweather for his astonishing in-ring capabilities. Over the course of his prolonged boxing stint, Mayweather has overpowered substantial opponents to cement his name in the history books. Why does Mayweather hold such fewer wins via knockout, even though he showcases an immaculate record?

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‘Money’ had an unusual fight style. In fact, he was one of the best defensive boxers to ever step inside the ring. He had enough knockout power and counter his opponents. But out of 50 wins, Mayweather only has 27 wins via T/KO.

In his entire boxing run, Mayweather performed as an oppressor in a very handful of fights.

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LAS VEGAS, NV – MAY 02: Floyd Mayweather Jr. sits in his corner between rounds against 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)

He was primarily known for dodging his opponents’ punches as it was his elite game. Moreover, he never got knocked out cold by any of his opponents.

‘Pretty Boy’ relied on his defensive skills and his extensive counterattack abilities. But he was never really a knockout fighter. Most of his fights went full 12-rounds, and the American was a fan of collecting points by hitting jabs to the face and body coupled with some right hand strikes.

With time, his fight style became difficult to decode for his opponents. And Mayweather never transitioned from that game plan. He attained vast success with the same and only added up to his defensive abilities. That said, his style of fighting was one of the prime reasons ‘Money’ doesn’t boast of an eye-catchy knockout record on his resume.

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Although Mayweather has a poor knockout record, he was definitely the best at his style of fighting. Back when he debuted in the sport, nobody expected him to go this big.

But crushing all the odds and naysayers, Mayweather stormed to the peak of boxing with a string of wins.

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In no time, he struck everyone’s eye and attracted countless eyeballs to all of his fights.

‘Money’ hung up his gloves from the sport in 2017 and etched his name in boxing rich history books. There was no one like him, and there’ll be no one like him for many more years to come.

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan is a Boxing Author at EssentiallySports. He is a graduate from the International Institute of Sports Management who combines his love for sports, particularly combat sports, and his flair for writing and analysis to help him in his day-to-day work. He has prior professional experience with sporting organizations such as Star Sports, Khelo India, and NBA.

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