Floyd Mayweather is without a doubt one of the greatest pound for pound boxers the sport has ever seen. The most important thing to consider when compiling a list of fighters who could beat up Mayweather is to remember the phrase “pound for pound.” That phrase is key because Floyd is only 5’8″ and 151 pounds. That body type is considered very small compared to some of the great fighters in the world today. Floyd may have incredibly fast hands as well as world class instincts and the ability to avoid punches, but if he were to fight men almost twice his size, he would likely find that a punch that simply grazes him could knock him down. There is little Floyd would be able to do if he was pitted against the fighters listed below.
Floyd has been a lightning rod for controversy over his undefeated career, and many fans and athletes alike are very displeased with the ways in which he chooses to live his life. There are several fighters who would love to get a chance to fight him. He has gotten into Twitter beefs with Ronda Rousey, and has even discussed a potential boxing match with Conor McGregor. Floyd is also very interested in making money, and he is well aware that the attention he receives for his brashness only helps his bottom line.
Below is a list of 15 fighters who could beat up Mayweather. As Floyd knows, a fight against any of these 15 fighters would bring in a monster payday for both participants, so it may not be too far out of the realm of possibility to see one of these fights someday.
15. Tyron Woodley
At 5’9, 170 pounds, Tyron would have a slight advantage over Floyd when it comes to size and weight. Another factor that would allow Tyron to overtake Mayweather would be his ability to fight using many different styles. Woodley is a brown belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, as well as being a world class wrestler. Woodley would have no problems getting Floyd onto the ground, and from there he would have his way with the smaller, inexperienced Mayweather. As an MMA fighter, Tyron has a career record of 16-3, including 6 knockouts and 5 submissions. In a fight against Floyd, it would almost certainly be a submission win for him. Woodley is realizing his talents in the UFC as of late.
In 2016, he participated in UFC 201, where he defeated then-champion Robbie Lawler with a first round knockout. Already 34 years old, Woodley is hitting his prime a little later than most fighters, but it is clear he has what it takes to be a champion.
14. Eddie Alvarez
Known as the Silent Assassin, Eddie Alvarez has made a name for himself in the UFC world over the past several years. In 2016, he knocked out UFC light heavyweight champion Rafael dos Anjos midway through the first round to take the title and establish himself as a champion. At 5’9, 155 pounds, he and Mayweather are about the same size, but what would separate Eddie (as is the case with most MMA fighters) from Floyd would be his ability to attack in many different ways. We all know that Mayweather is an elite punch dodger, but how would he fare against an opponent who could take things to the mat? Eddie Alvarez is a professionally trained boxer, kickboxer, wrestler, and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu fighter. With all that at his disposal, there is little doubt that he would be able to force Floyd into a fight that would make him uncomfortable.
13. Dominick Cruz
Cruz, now 31, has been in the world of professional fighting since 2005. Nicknamed “The Dominator,” Cruz is known for his toughness and his incredible punching power. At only 5’8″, 135 pounds, Mayweather would actually have a size advantage on this opponent. Floyd would, however, have a large disadvantage when it comes to versatility as a fighter. Mayweather would be forced to make Cruz box him, and Cruz would certainly be able to maneuver his way around that, and get Mayweather into precarious situations on the mat. Cruz has a long-standing rivalry with Uriah Faber, another fighter who could have made this list.
The two have fought three times, with Cruz winning two of the three fights. Dominic is currently the UFC’s Bantamweight Champion and has defended his title successfully eight times, including his last victory on June 4, 2016, when he defeated Faber for the second time in his career. A blue belt in Brazian Jiu Jitsu, Cruz would have an incredible edge over Floyd, and with his ability to absorb punches, as well as fight through pain, it would be incredibly difficult for Floyd to do much damage to the Dominator.
12. Demetrious Johnson
Demetrious Johnson is a miniature man, standing at only 5’3, and 125 pounds, but this man would prove difficult for Floyd for many reasons. Not only would Johnson have a huge quickness advantage, but he would have an advantage in terms of versatility as well. Demetrius is trained in the art of wrestling, boxing, and pankration. Pankration is a sporting event introduced into the Greek Olympic Games in 648 BC and was an empty-hand submission sport with scarcely any rules. The athletes used techniques from boxing and wrestling, but also other types, such as kicking and holds, locks and chokes on the ground. The only things not acceptable were biting and gouging out the opponent’s eyes. Having the skills to be a master at pankration would enable Johnson to muddy up a fight with Mayweather, and make it an ugly street fight, where Mayweather would be entirely out of his element.
On top of all these advantages, Johnson has also submitted nine opponents in his 27 UFC fights, so he would have no problems getting Mayweather into submissive situations.
11. Stipe Miocic
The current UFC heavyweight champion is not only a great fighter, but was also a stand out college baseball player during his time at Cleveland State University, so much so, that he was scouted by many professional baseball teams. Baseball didn’t work out for Miocic, so he decided to become a professional fighter in 2011 when he signed with the UFC. Since joining the UFC, Stipe has a 17-2 record. At 6’4, 240 pounds, this monster of a man would have an incredible advantage over the diminutive Money Mayweather. Floyd would be much faster, but unfortunately for Floyd, his punches, even if they landed, would not have much impact on the much larger and stronger UFC champion.
Unlike many UFC fighters, Stipe has an extensive background in boxing, which would play largely to his advantage, as he would have a solid base and technique to defend himself against Floyd’s biggest strength: boxing. Stipe also has a lengthy history in the world of wrestling, so if the boxing approach proved challenging, he could always take Floyd to the ground and destroy him that way.
10. Deontay Wilder
We all know that Floyd is a tremendous boxing talent. He is also, however, a smaller man with short arms, and if he were to square off against the current WBC Heavyweight champion, he would undoubtedly be at a huge disadvantage. Wilder is a 6’7″, 225 pound athletic freak. With a reach of 82 inches, (compared to Mayweather’s 73 inch reach) Deontay would be able to keep Floyd at bay while still landing incredibly damaging punches. Wilder also could invite Mayweather to get in close. With a 75-pound weight advantage, Wilder would be able to absorb any punches that landed on him, while landing some of his own on the much smaller Mayweather. Getting inside would be a huge mistake for Floyd anyway, as Wilder has knocked out all but one of his 37 opponents.
Wilder is currently in the prime of his career, at the age of 30, and is seemingly unbeatable right now. For a 39-year-old Floyd, it would be incredibly unfortunate if he were to have to step in the ring with this monster of a man at this point (or any point) of his career.
9. Jose Aldo
Aldo grew up on the streets of Manaus, Brazil, and as a child, he was often beaten up by the older children in his neighborhood. After being bullied enough, Aldo decided to learn how to fight. At the age of 17, he moved from Manaus to Rio de Janeiro with only the clothes on his back in the hopes of making a name for himself in the world of mixed martial arts. In 2004, he began his professional fighting career with a knockout victory 18 seconds into his first fight, and since then, Aldo has been terrorizing fighters across the world. Traditionally trained in the art of Jiu Jitsu, Aldo has earned a black belt in the art. As well as Jiu Jitsu, Aldo is also a black belt in the art of Luta Livre, another martial art focusing on catch wrestling and judo.
With a similar build to Mayweather, Jose would be able to handle the quickness of Floyd, while also being able to grapple the boxer to the ground and take advantage of Floyd’s inexperience on the mat. Alto currently has a professional MMA record of 26-2, including 14 knockouts.
8. Daniel Cormier
At 37 years old, Cormier is no youngster, but he would still destroy the one dimensional Mayweather with relative ease. Cormier grew up in Louisiana as a star wrestler. In fact, he was one of the greatest high school wrestlers the country has ever seen. In 2001, Daniel was the collegiate wrestling championship runner up, and in 2004 and 2008, he was the USA Senior Freestyle Olympic Team Trials Winner. At 5’11” , 205 pounds, Cormier would have no issues wresting Mayweather to the ground and manhandling him there. On top of his world class wrestling skills, Cormier is also a brown belt in Brazian Jiu Jitsu, and he has also been professionally trained in kickboxing as well. His approach to a fight with Mayweather would undoubtedly be to get Floyd to the ground, but if that did not work, he could surely rely on his Jiu Jitsu and kickboxing training to get him an advantage.
Currently, Cormier is the Light Heavyweight champion of the UFC, and during his career, he has beaten such legends as Dan Henderson, Anderson Silva and Frank Mir just to name a few.
7. Wladimir Klitschko
The only fighter older than Mayweather to make the list is the 40-year-old monster of a man, Wladimir Klitschko. At 6’6″, 245 pounds, Klitschko has spent decades punishing fighters who stood in his way. During his career, Wladimir has amassed 68 fights, winning all but four of them, including an incredible 53 knockouts. In this fight, Mayweather would be completely outmatched, simply due to Klitschko’s size and strength. The punches Floyd would be able to land would hardly be felt by the giant Ukrainian. During his run, Wladimir has held almost every heavyweight title there is in boxing, including two separate runs as the WBO Heavyweight champ and a nine-year run as the IBF Heavyweight champion of the world. With his last fight ending in a loss to the much younger Tyson Fury, Klitschko will be looking to regain his titles when the two have their much anticipated rematch in October 2016. There is no telling how much longer Klitschko plans on fighting, but it is certain that if he were to step in the ring with Floyd Mayweather, he would notch another win on his already impressive resume.
6. Sergey Kovalev
Sergey is a 33-year-old undefeated boxing champion. Kovalev began boxing at age 11 and at 14, he made his amateur debut. Sergey would simply overpower Floyd Mayweather. At six feet tall and 185 pounds, Floyd would have to avoid taking any shots from Serg. That would be a tall task considering Kovalev is known for his ability to land powerful punches on his opponents. In 31 professional fights, Sergey has won 30 of them, 26 by knockout, and with one draw. Throughout his career, Kovalev has beaten the likes of Bernard Hopkins and Isaac Chilemba, along with numerous other quality opponents. Today, he is the unified WBA (Undisputed), IBF, and WBO light heavyweight champion. In 2014, he was named Fighter of the Year by Ring Magazine, and as of July 2016, he is ranked as the world’s number one light heavyweight by Ring Magazine and BoxRec, both of which also rank him as the world’s second best boxer, pound for pound.
5. Tyson Fury
Tyson had himself a year in 2015. After 24 straight wins, 18 coming by knockout, the 28- year-old British boxer found himself in the ring with boxing legend Wladimir Klitschko, fighting for the heavyweight title. After a grueling 12-round slugfest, Fury was crowned the new champion and became the talk of boxing. He has since agreed to a rematch with Klitschko in October 2016. Tyson has attracted some negative attention since becoming world champion, as he has been called sexist and homophobic after his comments about hanging his own sister if she was promiscuous and calling boxers David Price and Tony Bellew “gay lovers.”
But despite some of the controversy he may have stirred with his comments, Fury is an incredible fighter with speed and power seldom seen in the heavyweight division. With his combination of punching power and speed, Mayweather would present little resistance in a fight between the two.
4. Brock Lesnar
This is a fight I would actually pay money to see. Arguably the greatest athlete in the world of professional fighting right now is Brock Lesnar. At 6’3″, 285 pounds, Lesnar is over 125 pounds heavier than Floyd, yet his quickness and agility is only slightly less than that of Mayweather. Lesnar’s career has been well chronicled, from an incredible run with the WWE, to his life as a star college football player, to his current stint with the UFC. Wherever Brock goes, he is remarkably successful, and a fight with Mayweather would be no different. Lesnar is a two-time Big Ten Conference Champion wrestler, as well as 2000 NCAA heavyweight wrestling champion. Brock also has trained in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, ascending himself to blue belt status already. With his fierce work ethic and uncanny ability to adapt and learn new skills, he has become one of the great athletes of his generation.
At age 39 now, it is unclear how much longer he can keep it up, but he is seemingly unaware of his age and has been beating Father Time for some years now. During his UFC career, Lesnar has beaten legends Frank Mir, Mark Hunt and Randy Couture.
3. Gennady Golovkin
“GGG” is the most entertaining boxer in the sport today. As a middleweight, he possesses power rarely seen in the lower weight classes. Mayweather has avoided fighting triple G for years, with many people speculating Mayweather is afraid of the power Gennady posses. The two are very close in size and weight, and the mega fight would have been something spectacular, but Mayweather was never willing to give the fans what they wanted. GGG is currently 35-0 and holds every middleweight title worth achieving. In his 35 fights, Golovkin has knocked out 32 of his opponents. Now 34 years old, GGG is in the twilight of his prime, and likely only has a few more years left as a professional; however, he still has more than enough to handle the defensive and often cocky Mayweather.
If this fight were to go down, many experts predict an early knockout of Mayweather, due to his inability to avoid the quickness and staggering power punches of triple G. Mayweather recently said that GGG would be easy work, and he implied he would handle Gennady with ease, but immediately followed those comments by saying he has no plans of doing another fight. GGG laughed at the comments, and told Floyd to show him how easy it would be. Mayweather has not said much since then.
2. Ronda Rousey
It is no secret that Ronda Rousey and Floyd Mayweather do not like each other. The two have had a war of words for several years now, and it seems to have no end in sight, at least until they step in the ring, or octagon together. Ronda is 5’7, 135 pounds of pure toughness, and would be only slightly outweighed by Floyd, but what she lacks in size she surely would make up for in heart. Mayweather would be in over his head against the toughest woman on the planet, thanks in large part to her ability to make opponents submit. Rousey is a fourth degree black belt in judo, and has an uncanny knack for getting her opponents in her trademark arm bar. Once she was able to get a hold of Floyd, she would be able to wrestle him to the ground and potentially break every bone in his body.
The only flaw in Ronda’s game is her tendency to want to embarrass her foes, and with her deep hatred toward Floyd, she would undoubtedly want to embarrass him. This fight would be the most interesting, and highest grossing, fight in the history of professional fighting. Unfortunately for the fans, it will never happen.
1. Conor McGregor
The 28-year-old outspoken Irishman has been discussing a potential fight with Floyd for several months now. However, the fight they are discussing seems to be a boxing match, and in a boxing match, Floyd would likely destroy the MMA star. However, if the two were to get into a fight without the strict rules of a boxing match, there is no question that Mayweather would be facedown on the mat within seconds. McGregor is a world class Jiu Jitsu artist, and also is highly trained in wrestling, kickboxing, striking, and taekwondo. On top of all those skills, Conor is one of the most fearless fighters of all time. He would have no fears or trepidation about fighting the great Floyd Mayweather, and that is something to which Mayweather is not accustomed. All too often, Floyd wins fights before they start because he is a master at getting in his opponent’s head. That would not work against McGregor.
Mayweather would have no hope of keeping the fight upright. McGregor would take Floyd’s legs out from under him and dismantle the champ for as long as he saw fit. If this super fight ever does happen, be sure to grab your popcorn early and get a good seat because it will surely not last very long.
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