Story: Willie G.
Photography: Scott Dukes
Save for the animalistic nature of the UFC, boxing may be the most primal of sanctioned competitions mankind has ever devised. Yet despite concussions, battered faces and bitten ears, the knockdown, drag-out battle of strength and strategy has evolved into more than just a sport. Modern-day boxing is entertainment, its matches events, its athletes superstars. Blame it on the multi-million-dollar payouts or the countless business and commercial tie-ins, but the truth is things wouldn’t be on the level they are without personalities like Floyd Mayweather Jr.
At 5-foot-7 and 144 pounds (give or take), “Money” Mayweather is not intimidating in stature but still regarded by many experts as, pound-for-pound, the most dangerous fighter in the sport. The 32-year-old’s recent out-of-retirement bout with Juan Manuel Marquez proved that a 16-month absence from the ring wasn’t enough to dull his lightning-fast jabs or heavyweight personality. As for his whip collection, that may have recently shed a few pounds, but Money insists that his game is still undefeated; just call the downsizing a decision.
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