By James K. Attaglo Wilson
Floyd Mayweather’s 10th round technical knockout win over Conor McGregor on August 26, 2017 saw him surpass Rocky Marciano’s iconic 49-0 record as the three-time winner of the Boxing Writers Association of America Fighter of the Year [Floyd] took his tally to 50-0.
Floyd Mayweather’s comeback win has been greeted with lots of criticisms from Oscar Dela Hoya, Abel Sanchez, and boxing historians, but the trainer of Andre Award – Virgil Hunter believes that ‘The Pretty Boy Money’ deserves his kingship title.
“If he broke the record, he broke the record. Why should there be an asterisk behind it,” Hunter quizzed in an interview with Fighthype.com
According to the experienced trainer [Virgil Hunter] the fight between Mayweather and Conor McGregor cannot be put in the dark simply because the latter is a mixed martial artist.
“It is easy to say he’s [Conor] not a boxer, but you can’t say that now. He was an amateur boxer before he did MMA. It’s obvious that he can box. You can’t say it’s someone coming in off the street just learning how to box.”
“If you are going to be fair and look at his [Mayweather], then you should be fair and look at the beginning of Rocky Marciano’s 49. Compare it with who he fought. There were levels to it, but at the same time you can say any of Rocky’s early opponents had any more credentials than McGregor?
“If you ask people right now to name five fighters that Rocky fought, they couldn’t get past Joe Louis, Ezzard Charles or Jersey Joe [Walcott]. When he was 35-0 he [Marciano] fought three guys with losing record in a row,” Virgil Hunter explained.
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