A golden age of welterweights, a gold standard for Mayweather

To prove their worth at welterweight, Sugar Ray Leonard and Oscar De La Hoya fought the best fighters of their respective generations. So with guys like Miguel Cotto, Paul Williams and Antonio Margarito around, what's Floyd Mayweather waiting for?

Updated: February 4, 2008, 1:02 PM ET
By Eric Raskin | ESPN.com

If you didn't know any better, it would be reasonable to assume that the best way for Floyd Mayweather to prove himself a superior welterweight champion to Oscar De La Hoya is to just keep beating De La Hoya head-to-head. "Pretty Boy" did it once, in May 2007, and he hopes to do it a second time in September.

Unfortunately, Mayweather could beat up on Oscar every Saturday night from now until an album is actually released by Philthy Rich Records, and it wouldn't make him a better 147-pound ...

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