What would happen if two top welterweights of the past and present faced off against one another?
That is what current IBF and WBC Welterweight Champion Errol Spence Jr. was asked when talking to former NBA stars Matt Barnes and Stephen Jackson on the “All The Smoke” podcast. The 30-year-old Spence (26-0) was brought up the idea of facing Floyd Mayweather at his best. Spence didn’t hold back his confidence.
“100% focused, in my prime, I think I’d beat Floyd,” Spence stated. “Floyd, he’s very mentally tough… You know, I’d cut him off, I would use my jab a lot. Even the Oscar De La Hoya fight, Oscar De La Hoya should have used his jab a lot more. I would use my jab, I would throw combinations, I would work the body then work the head. Because a lot of people, they go to the head and then work the body, but if you go for the head and then you can’t hit him in the head… you can’t hit him in the head.
“So, I’d work the body, then work the head and then just try to break him down physically. I know he’s not breaking down mentally. He’s just like one of those tough fighters, like Shawn Porter; you’re not going to break him down mentally. You can break him down physically, but mentally he’s always going to be there. So, I would just try to break him down physically.”
Mayweather (50-0) is a multiple-division champion. In 2006 he beat Zab Judah to win the IBF and IBO Welterweight Titles. He then beat Carlos Baldomir for the WBA, IBA and lineal titles. It took a few years but when he faced Manny Pacquiao in 2015, Mayweather won the WBO Welterweight Title.
The 43-year-old appears to be retired for good, but always teases a return to the ring. His last boxing fight was against MMA star Conor McGregor, where he won via TKO. Since then, Floyd has appeared in a RIZIN ring and has helped train other fighters.
Spence won the IBF Welterweight Title from Kell Brook in 2017 and beat Shawn Porter in a Fight of the Year candidate for the WBC title. He is currently healing from a car accident he was in back in October. Charged with a DUI, Spence wasn’t wearing a seatbelt and was ejected from the car. He suffered cuts to his face and damage to his teeth.
Spence is supposed to return to the ring in either October or November. The recovery process is the main thing he would need to focus on.
Who do you think would win in a bout between Spence and Mayweather?