Floyd Mayweather believes he is a better boxer than Muhammad Ali and Sugar Ray Robinson.
The 38-year-old welterweight, who is undefeated in 47 professional fights, plans to cement his legacy by beating Manny Pacquiao (Pac) when the two meet at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on May 2 in the most anticipated match of the modern era.
We have a saying in our country, which translates into English something like this “There is no comparison between a King and an Oil Merchant.” Muhammad Ali was a larger than life character, as compared to the shallow Floyd Mayweather.
Better yet, look at Ali’s contribution towards the Civil Rights Movement, which is only a single example from his larger than life character.
A few things Mayweather has to remember are that Ali sat out arguably the prime of his career because of his religious beliefs and is a far bigger character than he could ever hope to be. Anyone that watches and appreciates boxing will notice Floyd is boring to watch, the same can’t be said about Sugar Ray Robinson or Ali.
Ray Robinson fought four times as many fights. He was also a welterweight fighter for 11 years, his only loss coming from Jake Lamotta, who he beat several times over, most of his losses were at middleweight where he boxed until he was 44 years old!
Mayweather has largely cherry picked his way through his career over the last five years and should of fought Pac back in 2009. He also fails to remember that the first PPV fight wasn’t until 1975, long after Robinson’s career and in the twilight of Ali’s. Had he been fighting in the same era as Ray Robinson with smaller gloves and far fewer rules on cuts we wouldn’t even know who Mayweather was!
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H/T – CBS Sports