Floyd Mayweather has reacted angrily to a list of the greatest welterweight boxers off all-time. Sugar Ray Leonard was ranked first on the unknown list which was sent to Mayweather by one of his friends. The 50-0 retired fighter refused to reveal where he was ranked on the list but did bash its makers for placing Leonard at number one during an interview with Fight Hype, he said.
“It was crazy, someone sent me something about ‘The Best Welterweights’. They had Sugar Ray Leonard No1. Like I said before, he was the guy that paved the way for myself. But how can you have a guy ranked No1 when his first loss was to a lightweight, Roberto Duran?
Mayweather continued to contradict the list by claiming they had tried to diminish his win over Juan Manuel Marquez despite the fact he holds a win over Manny Pacquiao who is ranked third on the all-time best welterweight list.
“And then they also talked about me facing [Juan Manuel] Marquez, which was at catchweight of 144lbs. But this same guy, Marquez, knocked out their No3 ranked welterweight – because they had Pacquiao No3. He got knocked out by Juan Manuel Marquez. They were trying to say that basically he [Marquez] was too small for me. But he wasn’t too small for Pacquiao.
‘Money’ concluded his rant by going after “so-called boxing experts”. He says they ought to do more research before speaking about the sport.
“It’s crazy how all these ratings go nowadays,” Mayweather said. “Of course, fighters are gonna always say, ‘I would’ve done this, I should be ranked here. But a lot of these so-called boxing experts, it’s just crazy how these guys are experts. If you’re an expert, you’ve gotta really do your homework before you speak on certain things about boxing.”
Where does Floyd Mayweather rank on your list of all-time great welterweight fighters?