Retired American boxer, Floyd Mayweather, is arguably the most respected boxing personality currently.
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During his active days, he won all of his professional bouts - he recorded 50 victories out of 50 bouts.
Mayweather turned professionals in 1996 and due to his fame in the sport, he named himself 'The Best Ever' (TBE).
Mayweather's 50 professional wins didn't come easy as he faced tough opponents and he was nearly defeated in some of the bouts.
YEN.com.gh has put together the names of four boxers who nearly defeated Mayweather.
1. Oscar De La Hoya:
In 2007, Mayweather and De La Hoya fought for the WBC world super welterweight belt. The bout generated a lot of revenue.
Despite the money, the two boxers gave a good show in the ring. It was a close contest as De La Hoya hurt Mayweather on many occasions.
At the end of the 12 rounds, Mayweather was adjudged winner via a split decision. Many boxing pundits believed De La Hoya did enough to win the bout.
2. Marcos Maidana
Maidana from Argentina nearly ended Mayweather's record as he proved to the American that he was a tough nut to crack.
In their bout in 2014, Maidana gave Mayweather a good run for his money as he won many rounds. Latter parts of the fight saw Mayweather come back strong.
After the 12 rounds, he was declared winner earning a majority decision.
Boxing lovers spoke against the verdict and Mayweather had no other option than to give Maidana a rematch. Mayweather won easily.
3. Ruben Luis Castillo
Mayweather was given a tough test by Castillo in their 2002 clash. According to reports, Castillo had the opportunity to dominate Mayweather because the American got injured.
The report indicated that Mayweather injured his right hand in the second round of the bout.
Though Mayweather won, many people didn't agree with the judges' scorecards.
To end the hullabaloo with respect to his win, Mayweather gave Castillo a rematch and he defeated the Mexican.
4. Miguel Cotto
In 2012, Mayweather came face to face with Cotto and as expected, it was a tough bout for the American.
Per the judges' scorecards, Mayweather won via a unanimous decision but watching the fight critically, Cotto produced one of his best performances.
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