Floyd Mayweather’s Unbeaten Boxing Record is Under Threat by Tiny Thai Fighter Wanheng Menayothin…
Floyd Mayweather is arguably the greatest boxer of all time. He’s got a phenomenal record of 50-0. The Las Vegas-based fighter/promoter has fought the best of the best, including Manny Pacquaio, Oscar de la Hoya, and ‘Canelo’ Alvarez. His defensive skills and efficiency are truly second to none.
Mayweather broke Rocky Marciano’s unbeaten record when he defeated Conor McGregor in August 2017. That was a massive event, which sold the second highest number of pay-per-view buys ever. However, if ‘Money’ wants to keep his record, he might just have to come back out of retirement.
Another boxer has just matched Mayweather’s 50-0. You’ve probably never heard of him. In possibly the most obscure circumstances possible, WBC minimumweight champion Wanheng Menayothin has matched the American’s incredible feat.
Thai fighter Menayothin trains out of Bangkok. He’s almost totally unknown in the west but has built up a folkloric following in his native country. He weighs only 105lbs, almost 50lbs less than Mayweather fought at against McGregor. At 5ft 2in, he’s also a lot shorter than Mayweather and has a lot less money.
Menayothin took the opportunity to match Mayweather’s record by fighting Panamian fighter Leroy Estrada. Nope, nobody knows who he is either. That doesn’t make his achievement anyway less incredible. The conditions he trains in are way different to Mayweather’s millions can afford.
To make things even better, Menaytothin’s nickname is ‘Five Star Grilled Chicken.’ This is because of a sponsorship deal he has with Thai fast food chain CP chicken. He’s also known as ‘dwarf giant’. It’s because he’s small, in case you hadn’t realized that yet. However, some people want to dismiss his achievement. Ring Magazine’s Anson Wainwright said:
“With respect to Wanheng he’s never beaten anyone of note. In the west this fight will be nothing more than a trivial pursuit question.”
Fair enough, ‘Five Star Grilled Chicken’ – catchy name that – isn’t a household name here, but show some respect. He’d probably kick Wainwright’s ass, minimum champion or not. It’s not like one of his most recent opponents had suffered 44 previous losses. Oh, wait, yeah he did. Damn.
The ‘Dwarf Giant’s’ coach is backing him to go on and break Mayweather’s record. With the caliber of opponent he’s been facing, you wouldn’t bet against him either. For his part, Mayweather seems happy chilling out in Dubai, spending his millions.
“He is 32 but still very strong and fit,” Suparb Boonrod, Wanheng’s coach, told the Bangkok Post. “He is very disciplined and is a hard-working man, so winning his 51st consecutive match is possible.”
Of course, it’s possible. The world of combat sports just gets weirder and weirder. The biggest problem Menayothin has is finding fighters small enough to take him on. Let’s be real: Mayweather’s wallet probably weighs the same amount as the Thai boxer.