Floyd Mayweather Declares Self Better Than Muhammad Ali, Sugar Ray Robinson

Nothing if not a consummate showman, Floyd Mayweather continues to provide the motor mouth that any prize boxing match requires, let alone one of the most hotly anticipated bouts in the history of the sport.

Ahead of the long awaited fight with Manny Pacquiao, Mayweather’s hype machine has gone into overdrive, with the undefeated five division world champion today not only claiming to be one of the greatest of all time, but perhaps the best boxer to ever walk the face of the planet.
Mayweather, speaking to ESPN, minced no words in stating the he firmly believes himself to be the far superior fighter to highly revered icons and consensus all-time greats Muhammad Ali and Sugar Ray Robinson.
Robinson is oft cited as the gold-standard for non-heavyweight boxers and is regarded as one of the greatest pound-for-pound fighters in the history of the sport, with a career that saw him amass 173 wins from 200 fights. Whilst Ali is renowned globally as one of the biggest sporting and cultural icons in modern history.
But as far as Mayweather’s concerned, both are not even close to a match for him.

“No one can ever brainwash me to make me believe that Sugar Ray Robinson and Muhammad Ali were better than me. But one thing I will do, I’m going to take my hat off to them and respect those guys that paved the way for me to be where I’m at today.”

In particular, Mayweather attacked Ali, citing his defeat at the hands of Leon Spinks in 1978 as a specific example.

“Leon Spinks only had seven fights. Never put a fighter in there with Floyd Mayweather with seven fights.”

Additionally, Mayweather took aim at Ali’s “rope-a-dopefighting tactics which were used with great effect against heavyweight slugger George Foreman in the historic Rumble in the Jungle bout of 1974.

“Take punishment and let a man tire yourself out from beating you? You hit him with a few punches and go down and quit and you want to be glorified for that?”

Mayweather enters the bout with Pacquiao carrying an undefeated record of 47-0, whilst Manny carries five losses, but more division world championships, with a career record of 57-5-2.

Billed as “The Fight of the Century,” Mayweather vs Pacquiao takes place on May 2nd (May 3rd, Australian time) at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada
The unified WBA, WBC, WBO, and The Ring welterweight world titles will be on the line.
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