Over his reign in boxing, Floyd Mayweather has made more money than anyone, beaten everyone in his path—rather convincingly, too—and crafted a legacy as one of the sport’s greatest boxers. No doubt about it.
But some of Mayweather’s success is a product of the times. In other words, much of his competition was not exactly Hall of Fame material. Conversely, in the 1980s, one of boxing’s prime decades, there were five boxers who would have handled Mayweather rather easily if he had competed in their era or they in his.