Las Vegas, Nev. (February 24, 2012)...To coincide with boxing superstar Floyd "Money" Mayweather's birthday today and upcoming media tour to officially announce his May 5 fight against WBA Super Welterweight Championship Miguel "Junito" Cotto, the seven-time world champion was featured in ESPN The Magazine's "Analytics Issue" (March 5) for some of his extraordinary boxing statistics.
Citing CompuBox, boxing's computerized scoring system, writer Igor Guryashkin breaks down Mayweather's ring genius. He tops all current fighters with a connect percentage of 46%. The system, which calculates every punch a boxer throws and lands, found that only boxing greats Joe Louis and Lennox Lewis hold an advantage over him at just a 2% edge. But no one comes close to the undefeated fighter in regard to opponent connect percentages.
Guryashkin states, "...perhaps even more impressive is Mayweather's opponents connect percentage: 16%, the lowest ever recorded in CompuBox's 4,000-fight database. The astronomical 30% difference between the two stats stands atop history's pugilistic pantheon."