Floyd Mayweather has revealed his five all-time greatest boxers on a recent TV appearance.
During an ESPN interview, they asked him to rank his best boxers and to no surprise, Mayweather ranked him at the very top.
“He’s beat more world champions than any other fighter in a shorter time and less fights than any other fighter,” Mayweather said, speaking about himself in the third person (via sportbible). “Landed punches at the highest percentage and took less punishment. He’s been world champion 18 years in five different weight divisions.”
Although Floyd Mayweather is one of the best boxers, he took a lot of heat for putting Muhammad Ali at five.
“Ali, only one weight class and really lost to Ken Norton three times,” Mayweather said. “What he did is he stood for a cause in an era when African Americans didn’t stand up for their people.”
Mayweather finished his top-five by putting Panama’s Roberto Duran second, his fellow American Pernell Whitaker third and Mexican idol Julio Cesar Chavez fourth.
“[Duran]. Came up from lightweight to world champion at 160lbs. Love that guy. A legend. [Whitaker]. Really, he beat Julio Cesar Chavez [the fight was a contentiously declared a draw],” Mayweather said. “And he did beat my uncle Roger twice. [Chavez]. Was 79-0 in different weight classes before he lost.”
Floyd Mayweather will no doubt stir some controversy with his list but when people do top-five boxers, those five are generally in the conversation. However, ranking Ali at five caused more controversy than putting him at the very top, but it shouldn’t be a surprise.
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