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Fighters with the speed and smarts that Mayweather possesses

Floyd Mayweather possesses the kind of speed and smarts that set him apart from most fighters today. Graham Houston recalls fighters who remind him of Mayweather in terms of style.

Originally Published: December 5, 2007
By Graham Houston | Special to ESPN.com

When a fighter combines swiftness and savvy at the highest level of performance, as does Floyd Mayweather Jr., he is exceptionally difficult to beat. Ricky Hatton's trainer, Billy Graham, knows this but reminded me in a recent telephone conversation: "Ricky Hatton's fast, clever and intelligent too, but in a different way."

Purely in the conventional sense, though, Mayweather seems to epitomize the speed-and-smarts school of boxing taken to the ultimate.

Here are some other fighters ...

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