The acronyms above “TBE” means the “The Best Ever,” this is what was uttered out of the mouth of Floyd Mayweather Sr. after his son Floyd Mayweather Jr. won his bout against Saul “Canelo” Alvarez on Saturday, September 14, 2013. Could Floyd Mayweather Sr. mean that his son was the best boxer ever? Or could he simply mean that his son is the best boxer of this era? One can only imagine, but those words ooze a bold statement that many boxing pundits, fans alike have never been able to accept, that Floyd Mayweather has more than proven his worth among-st the “pantheon of greatest boxers” to ever do it.
Money is an “artful dodger,” he makes the sport look so boring because of his superiority in three categories: boxing I.Q., shoulder-roll defense, and accurate target puncher. I’ve watched countless Mayweather fights, and a couple of things are apparent, Money intimidates his opponents before they step into a ring, and with the lingering intimidation, he then embarrasses them in the ring, and finally cashes out the ring with the biggest paydays, not only in boxing, but according to Forbes in sports. When you watch a Floyd Mayweather fight, you can’t help but to feel sorry for the opponent. You know they don’t have a chance but since boxing is regarded as “every fighter has a puncher’s chance” sport, you can’t help but to be drawn in to see if there is a boxer who can crack the proverbial “Mayweather Code!
Mayweather’s record extended to 45-0 after the Canelo Alvarez wash, double wash and triple wash of a lopsided fight! At that time Mayweather had four more fights (Marcos Maidana I and II, then Manny Pacquiao) and an estimated twenty-four months left to go on an illustrious career which saw him end it in epic fashion against the likes of (Andre Berto) his farewell bout! At the age of 38, the age that past greats such as Ali, Leonard and many other have shown tremendous decline, Floyd seems to debunk that notion, and he is fighting like a hungry yet very elite boxer who was 26 prior to his retirement! He retired presumably at age 38. The question on everyone’s mind was answered that no one was able to crack “TBE’s” code! Even Manny Pacquiao who Floyd out-boxed cleanly in my estimation of 9 rounds to 3 rounds! That fight undoubtedly told everyone who was better between May vs Pac! Mayweather was two years older then Pacquiao for Mayweather detractors who said he was fighting laughably an older Pacquiao. What is lost in translation is how Money Mayweather made Manny Pacquiao look like an ordinary fighter in the ring! This has been Mayweather’s M.O. to make very good fighters look subpar in the square circle. From the fighters I see currently out there, only one stands out and is name is Errol Spence!
“We have a new era that started today — the Errol Spence era. Just like we had the (Floyd) Mayweather era, this is the Errol Spence era,” Schaefer said. “In order for it to be an era, you need to have opponents,” Schaefer said. “That was what Floyd Mayweather had. He had opponents. He had opponents lined up, and he beat them one after another. Some fighters which pound-for-pound might be equally as impressive or talented as Floyd Mayweather — I’m thinking of Andre Ward — he never had these opponents lined up, so he never got where he could have gone because he didn’t have the dance partners. Errol Spence has these dance partners. “He has a bright future as a star and as a pay-per-view star ahead of him. After this performance, it’s going to be very hard for anybody to bet against Errol Spence, but people are going to want to fight him because he’s going to be where the money is.” -Richard Schaefer
But you never know, Errol Spence still has a lot to prove to be compared to the legendary likes of Floyd Mayweather’s illustrious career! “Father Time” has finally catch up for Floyd Mayweather! But what gets lost in translation was how Money Mayweather continued his masterful performance in Picasso fashion, in unseating young champions the caliber of “Cinnamon” Alvarez, beating the rugged and roughhouse awkward style fighter Marcos Maidana twice as well as defeating Manny Pacquiao to settle the debate on whom the ERA in boxing belonged to! Lastly, his toying with Andre Berto which was a one-sided boxing clinic! All of these displays of masterful performances forces us to have to then revisit what his father uttered that night after that fight Canelo Alvarez fight, “T.B.E. baby, T.B.E.!”