And while many would look at his career and say he can safely retire now undefeated, many believe he has to make that #44 with a win over Manny Pacquiao to cement his legacy as the greatest boxer of this generation; and one of the greatest of all-time.
But does have to prove anything to Pacquiao or anyone else?
Here’s an excerpt from boxing writer Andrea Hale’s column for Jay-Z’s website, Life and Times, focusing on that very question:
Cinco De Mayweather has come and gone with reigning pound-for-pound king Floyd Mayweather turning in a career defining performance against Miguel Cotto as his record improved to an astounding 43-0 with 26 of his victories coming by way of knockout. Mayweather, who is known for his impeccable defense, movement and boxing ability found himself standing toe to toe with Cotto and exchanging punches at a freakish pace.
It wasn’t your usual Mayweather fight as he had to dig deep to outgun the resilient Cotto. We saw a Mayweather that we weren’t used to; a bloodied nose that had been tagged far more than any of us can remember. Regardless, the man known as “Money” put together a masterful performance and walked away with the unanimous decision victory and the ability to call himself not only one of the greatest boxer of our era, but one of the greatest fighters of all-time.
Read more at Life and Times.