Floyd Mayweather vs Julio Cesar Chavez: "He never fought the best"Written by Leroy Cleveland
ESNews recently caught up with fight great Julio Cesar Chavez Sr who shared his thoughts on Floyd Mayweather and the quality of fighters today.
Chavez was critical of Floyd who, in recent years, has hand-picked his opponents.
"I was undefeated in 89 fights and fought 37 world champions," stated Chavez.
"I always fought the best."
"But not him. Mayweather chooses his opponents... But that's the era we are in."
"People pay to see him fight so why should he care? He can retire undefeated because he's never fought the best."
"He chooses his opponents, always fights in Las Vegas. He has everything in his favor."
But is Chavez just spewing herd mentality?
Some are critical of Floyd for not having fought Kostya Tszyu but he knocked out the man who stopped the latter (Ricky Hatton). And others point to Antonio Margarito and insist Mayweather ducked him but Floyd defeated the man who knocked out Margarito (Shane Mosley).
'Money May' has triumphed over the likes of Canelo Alvarez, Juan Manuel Marquez, Miguel Cotto, Shane Mosley, Diego Corrales, Oscar De La Hoya, Zab Judah, Genaro Hernandez, Jose Luis Castillo, Ricky Hatton and, of course, Manny Pacquiao.
... Not exactly chopped liver.
If the above fighters aren't the best, who are/were?
As a matter of fact, one could certainly make a case for Floyd's opposition being better than Chavez's.
Julio's biggest fights were against the likes of Frankie Randall (lost 1 of 3), Tony López, Greg Haugen, Héctor Camacho, Lonnie Smith, Oscar De La Hoya (loss), Meldrick Taylor, Roger Mayweather, Jose Luis Ramírez, Rafael Limón, Edwin Rosario, Rocky Lockridge, Kostya Tszyu (loss) and Pernell Whitaker (controversial draw).
Floyd's opponents are, the very least, comparable to Julio's.
Towards the end of the interview, Chavez insisted a prime version of himself would have knocked out Floyd Mayweather.
"It would have been a difficult fight for me but I think I would have beat him in my peak because I was a fighter who would apply relentless pressure."
"By the 12th Round, I would have knocked him out."
And when asked what fighters today could have been a successful champion in the 1980s, Julio abruptly uttered, "None."
The video of the interview is below