Despite having defeated Conor McGregor on Saturday night (August 26) to surpass Rocky Marciano’s boxing record of 49-0, Floyd Mayweather Jr. has one final record to surpass if he wants to have an unparalleled résumé. And 50 Cent believes he can push Mayweather to do it.
50, a close friend (and occasional troll) of the boxer, pointed out the record of Mexican fighter Ricardo López, who has a professional record of 51 wins, 0 losses and 1 draw, in a since-deleted Instagram post. Fif says he will get his pal to step into the ring once again to break the record, even though Mayweather insists his bout with McGregor was his final fight.
“You see this shit we got Rocky Marciano record with 50-0 now they show up with this Richard Lopez record,” 50 wrote on Wednesday (August 30). “I’m gonna get Floyd to fight again, but I’m gonna need time Smh we need 1 more. TBE #50centralbet”
López, known as “El Finito,” doesn’t have a flawless record like Mayweather. The Mexican boxer’s only non-win was a technical draw against Rosendo “El Bufalo” Álvarez in 1998. However, López would go on to beat Álvarez in a rematch eight months later.
Standing at 5’5″, López never received the same popularity or recognition as other fighters with similar records because he fought in the often-forgotten minimumweight division (otherwise known as strawweight or mini flyweight), which has a 105-pound weight limit. López retired in November 2002, a little over a year after his final bout against South African Zolani Petelo.
When it comes to identifying the greatest professional boxing record of all time, the answer is really dependent on how one defines “best record.” For example, one could argue that Mayweather has the greatest one of all time with 50-0-0 as he has never been dealt a single draw or loss.
Depending on who you ask, the answer of who has a better record will likely vary. Julio César Chávez Sr. – often considered the greatest Mexican boxer of all time – went 87-0 before recording his first professional draw against Pernell Whitaker in 1993. He would suffer six losses before the end of his career.
While records are important, most fans and commentators agree they don’t equate to being the best ever. In their recent article, “The 10 best pound-for-pound boxers of all time, featuring Floyd Mayweather,” The Telegraph listed Sugar Ray Robinson as the greatest professional boxer ever, despite his record of 173 wins, 19 losses and 6 draws.