As he faced the media for one of the final times before his welterweight showdown with
But his last argument is dubious. Whenever Mayweather retires -- for good, not that 21-month hiatus he took after defeating
History will not remember him as an all-time great. It won't put him on the pedestal with
Mayweather likes to argue that his remarkable skills have created the illusion that he is facing inferior competition. "People say 'how do you feel about not having the
But Leonard has wins over
Certainly, a lack of quality opponents is a factor. But while there are no Haglers, Hearns or Durans for Mayweather to challenge, there are several solid opponents he has avoided. There was
Even Marquez, who Mayweather (39-0) will face Saturday at the MGM Grand (HBO PPV, 9 p.m.), is a cop-out. The reigning lightweight champion, Marquez (50-4-1) is rated by most boxing publications among the top three (and in many, the top two) pound-for-pound fighters in the world. With gritty wins over
Talk of Mayweather's future opponents is even more maddening. On Wednesday Mayweather, 32, was non-committal about potential matchups with Pacquiao, Mosley or
"He wants to fight me again, I know he does," said Mayweather. "From the bottom of my heart, I just don't like him."
Facing De La Hoya, who struggled against
And a fighter who, when presented with tough fights, ducked.