Mayweather tabs sparring partner Judah to mimic Pacquiao

Patrick M. Bigelows Blog

No fighter has beaten Floyd Mayweather Jr. Few have provided even mild irritation.

Brooklyn-born veteran Zab Judah at least reached the latter status upon meeting the then-“Pretty Boy” in Las Vegas nine years ago, winning three of 12 rounds on one scorecard and four of 12 on another en route to a unanimous decision loss for the IBF and IBO welterweight title belts.

Floyd Mayweather Jr. will put his unblemished record on the line vs. Manny Pacquiao. (Getty Images)

And though the fight is best recalled for a late melee that followed a flagrant low blow, it’s also worth recalling because Judah had enough early success to put Mayweather in a degree of competitive peril.

Judah, then 28, was one of the few foes to rival Floyd’s hand speed, and, combined with an awkward left-handed style and stinging one-shot punching power, he landed well enough to take three of the first four rounds before the still-unbeaten Mayweather upped his own work rate and took control.


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