3) Whether Floyd is the #1 P4P fighter of all time, as he claims he is, or around #100, as I think, he in no way ever tries to prove
his claim against anybody worth a damn.
I'm sorry, but the bottom line is that Floyd nearly always fights guys whom he is favored to beat by 3 to 1 and more. He simply is almost never matched with anybody who's supposed to even have a chance, due to boxing's dearth of talent. De la Hoya is the one evenly-match opponent who comes to mind, but he sure was old. Also perhaps Castillo and a couple of others in the lower weights at which Floyd has fought. But I simply can't credit him with the all-important reputation-enhancing upset of a favored fighter or the defeat of someone in a pick'em matchup. Something I'd like to see two examples of each
before his record would impress me.
His beating up everybody he's heavily favored to beat doesn't make him "great," it makes him Boom Boom Mancini. You can't say it makes him anywhere comparable to the 1980s Tyson because Tyson not only beat all of his severely-mismatched opponents (few expected to even give him a good tussle), but he ran over everybody with flair, indeed, with one awesome early KO after another. Mayweather doesn't do that; he merely wins, generally.
Can't even say, "But Floyd talks a good game." No. Ali
talked a good game, everybody laughed and in fact busted their guts laughing at his schtick and often awed by its originality. Mayweather just sounds like an uneducated thug. Ali could spar verbally with the very sharp Howard Cosell on an even level; Floyd could not do so with the less-quick-minded Larry Merchant. Ali met with world leaders numerous times and had an inquisitive mind; Floyd couldn't care less about that, he'd rather hear what 50-Cent has to say and show off his cars. Overall, Floyd's outside-the-ring exploits typically involve thuggish, degrading behavior and airing of lowlife family laundry. This generation's "That's Entertainment".
Ali's a tough comparison, true; but remember that Floyd's the one claiming that he himself is the greatest.