'Only Sugar Ray Robinson could have beaten Floyd'
MANILA, Philippines – It will take no less than Sugar Ray Robinson, perhaps the greatest fighter of all time, to hand undefeated American boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. his first professional loss.
This, according to Mayweather’s trainer and father, Floyd Mayweather Sr.
In an interview with Boxing Scene, Mayweather Sr. said only Robinson had the combination of size, skills and smarts to beat his son, who has not lost in 44 professional fights.
“It would take someone like… someone like Sugar Ray Robinson,” Mayweather Sr. said. “He had experience like Floyd, he used his mind. You don’t win 200 or 300 fights by not being smart.”
Robinson won world championships at middleweight and welterweight in the 1940s and 50s. At one point in his career, he won 91 consecutive fights and had a record of 128-1-2 with 84 knockouts. He retired with a record of 173 wins, 19 losses, six draws and two no contests over a 25-year career.
In July 2013, ESPN analysts discussed a “What if?” match-up between Mayweather and Robinson, and six out of seven boxing experts picked Robinson to win either by knockout or decision. The last expert, Michael Woods, believes the bout will end in a draw. [http://espn.go.com/boxing/story/_/id/9330198/sugar-ray-robinson-vs-floyd-mayweather-jr]
In the same interview, Mayweather Sr. said he does not think boxing legend Roberto Duran can beat Floyd Jr.
“Duran was smart, but I don’t think he could have beat Floyd. Duran is one of my favorite fighters, too. But I’m just being honest with you, I don’t think he could have whooped him,” said Mayweather Sr.