Why Does Floyd Mayweather Call Himself ‘TBE’?
Floyd Mayweather Jr. brands himself as ‘TBE,’ otherwise known as the best ever.
In a career where he never lost a boxing match, it is hard to argue against that claim. However, given that this is one facet of determining whether or not a fighter is the best, it is only fitting that Mayweather’s accomplishments are examined to see if he does deserve that title. With that being said, let us take a look at Mayweather’s best achievements.
The boxer never lost during his professional career, which included significant wins over Oscar De La Hoya, Manny Pacquiao, and Canelo Alvarez. Although that may have been the case, there was an argument that the fight against Manny was when the latter was way past his prime. As for Canelo, the boxer was just 23 and therefore not at the level he is today, which is the current undisputed champion at 168.
Five Division champion
Mayweather managed to move up from 126 pounds all the way up to 154 pounds which included five world titles. And in a sport where weight classes matter, Mayweather managed to transform himself from ‘Pretty Boy Floyd,’ a knockout artist to ‘Money Mayweather,’ who became a defensive genius following his issues with his hands.
The Biggest Fights
Mayweather was involved in arguably the biggest fight of all time in 2015 against Manny Pacquiao. It was called “The Fight of the Century.” Despite the result ultimately being a one-sided affair, it did earn Mayweather over a reported $200 million. That was the highest ever that a boxer would earn at the time, which was all the more impressive given the ease with which Mayweather won.
When it comes to selling on PPV, Mayweather was king. The fight with Manny Pacquiao sold a reported 4.4 million buys. And just when you thought that was enough, Mayweather’s fight with Conor McGregor did well too. The crossover fight brought in an alleged 4.3 million PPV buys.
Mayweather’s skills did not just excel in the professional ranks. The American also made a name for himself in the Olympics. During the 1996 Atlanta Olympic games, Mayweather would end up getting a bronze medal. The boxer came up short against Serafim Simeonov Todorov. And yet, the majority of the boxing community felt that Mayweather had been deprived of a decision. And since that moment, Mayweather turned professional and the rest was history.
The greatest of all time is an argument that will continue to go on, but when it came to Mayweather himself, he had no doubts over his credentials.
“How many world champions have Rocky Marciano beat? So we already know, I’ve beat more champions that’s going in the Hall of Fame than he beat in his career period. So we’re going to X him off. So he’s 49-0 and I’m 50-0. We’re talking about accomplishments. Is Ali the same fighter that got beat by a fighter with seven fights? Leon Spinks beat Muhammad Ali when he only had seven fights. If we really tell the truth, Ken Norton really beat Ali all three times. Go back and look at the fights. We’re just telling the truth and I love Ali. Sugar Ray Robinson? He had 200 fights? And I still beat more world champions than him.”