That number represent the number of days it’s been since Floyd Mayweather (47-0) has lost a boxing match. You have to travel all the way back to the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta to find a record of that defeat.
With Floyd slated for his next defeat in less than a month, we decided to take a trip down memory lane to that unfamiliar August day in 1996.
A couple of things here, Floyd was 19-years-old the last time he lost a boxing match. That’s incredible. His demise that day came at the hands of then 26-year-old Bulgarian boxer Serafim Todorov.
Let’s just say that Floyd lost this boxing match to a guy whose Wikipedia page is longer than his career was. And let me tell you, his Wiki page is really freaking short.
Most people aren’t old enough to remember this specific fight. I was five years old, so I certainly don’t. So here’s a recap of what happened.
In his semifinal bout against eventual silver medalist Serafim Todorov of Bulgaria, Mayweather lost by a controversial decision (similar to the Roy Jones Jr. decision). Referee Hamad Hafaz Shouman of Egypt mistakenly raised Mayweather’s hand (thinking he had won), while the decision was announced giving the bout to the Bulgarian.
The U.S. team filed a protest over the Mayweather bout, claiming the judges were intimidated by Bulgaria’s Emil Jetchev (head of the boxing officials) into favoring the Bulgarian Todorov by a 10–9 decision in the 125-pound semifinal bout. Three of Jetchev’s countrymen were in gold medal bouts. Judge Bill Waeckerle (one of the four U.S judges working the games for the International Amateur Boxing Federation) resigned as Olympic Games and federation judge after Mayweather lost the decision, which was loudly booed by the crowd at the Alexander Memorial Coliseum. “I refuse to be part of an organisation that continues to conduct its officiating in this manner”, Waeckerle wrote in his letter of resignation to federation president Anwar Chowdhry.
In the official protest, US team manager Gerald Smith said that Mayweather landed punches that were not counted while Todorov was awarded points without landing a punch. “The judging was totally incompetent”, Waeckerle said. The judges failed to impose a mandatory two-point deduction against Todorov after he was warned five times by the referee for slapping. “Everybody knows Floyd Mayweather is the gold-medal favorite at 57 kilograms”, Mayweather said afterward. “In America, it’s known as 125 pounds. You know and I know I wasn’t getting hit. They say he’s the world champion. Now you all know who the real world champion is”.
Why are we not surprised that a Floyd Mayweather decision was surrounded with controversy? It’s Floyd. Something is always wrong in the world of Floyd.
However, he’s come a long way since that infamous night.
It’s too bad that ticker will have to come to an end exactly one month from yesterday at the hands of my guy Manny Pacquiao. So enjoy your next 30 days on victory lane, Floyd.
On May 2nd, it’s going down.
And so are you.
(Featured Image courtesy of Forbes)