Mayweather’s most controversial wins including fight undefeated legend ‘lost’
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Floyd Mayweather is set to climb back through the ropes for an exhibition bout against Logan Paul on Sunday night.
Mayweather, 44, will take on the YouTube star over six rounds at Miami's Hard Rock Stadium in a contest that will have no official winner.
Knockouts are permitted on the night, but the exhibition will not affect either man's professional boxing records.
That means there is no chance of Mayweather's famous 50-0 record, which he retired from the sport with back in 2017, being blemished in Florida this weekend.
Nevertheless, some fans believed the boxing legend should not have retired with his undefeated record intact, and Daily Star Sport have taken a look back at some of his most controversial victories.
Mayweather vs Castillo I
The most dubious victory of Mayweather's career came on 20 April 2002, when he took on gritty Mexican Jose Luis Castillo.
Bidding to become a two-weight world champion up at lightweight, Mayweather was instead overwhelmed by Castillo at the MGM Grand Arena, Las Vegas, and appeared to be heading for the first defeat of his career.
He struggled to deal with the 28-year-old's relentless pressure on the night, meaning HBO's Harold Lederman had him losing 115-111 at the final bell.
Instead, Mayweather's hand was raised thanks to a highly controversial unanimous decision, sparking boos from the crowd.
HBO commentator Jim Lampley said: "It looked to me like he done enough in the 10th, 11th and 12th rounds. If the fight was hanging in the balance, Castillo remained an aggressor down the stretch.”
Eight months later, Mayweather handed Castillo a well-deserved rematch and cruised to a more convincing victory to settle their rivalry once and for all.
Mayweather vs Maidana I
Throughout his 21-year career Mayweather only enjoyed two rematches, the second of which came against Argentinian welterweight Marcos Maidana.
This statistic alone shows exactly how close Maidana run him in their high-paced first encounter, which took place on 3 March 2014 at the MGM Grand Arena and, rather unusually, saw both the WBC welterweight and WBA super-welterweight straps put on the line.
El Chino got off to a blistering start in Las Vegas, dominating four of the first five rounds and putting Mayweather under the same kind of uncontrollable pressure that Castillo had done 12 years earlier.
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However, the 154lbs chief soon got into his groove and took control of proceedings, picking Maidana off on the counter and pot-shotting his way back into contention.
While it wasn't as controversial as the Castillo win, some eyebrows were raised when Mayweather edged a majority decision (114-114, 117-111, 116-112).
But to banish any doubts, he ran out a more comfortable winner when they met again four months later.
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Mayweather vs Ortiz
The controversy surrounding Mayweather's 2011 win over Victor Ortiz was different to that of the Castillo and Maidana victories, as on this occasion there were no dubious scorecards involved.
What instead played out at the MGM Grand, Mayweather's boxing fortress, remains one of the most opinion-dividing moments in recent boxing history.
After four rounds of their scrap for Ortiz's WBC welterweight title, the champion appeared to have Mayweather in trouble towards the end of the fourth round.
That was before he got carried away and lunged in with a clear headbutt which forced referee Joe Cortez to take a point away – and which ultimately contributed to his downfall.
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As the two men came back together, an apologetic Ortiz seemingly forgot the one key rule of the fight game: protect yourself at all times.
Mayweather, unfazed by his remorse, nudged Ortiz away and first landed a left hook, before knocking him out with a devastating right.
Many feel he should have been disqualified on the night, but instead his hand was raised for the 42nd time in his career.
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