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Did Floyd Mayweather Go Too Far By Trying To Say That He’s A Better Fighter Than Muhammad Ali Was?

Submitted by on April 21, 2015 – 9:11 amNo Comment

As of right now, you should probably, er, make that definitely take every single thing that Floyd Mayweather says and does with a grain of salt. We’re about two weeks away from his much-anticipated fight with Manny Pacquiao. So Mayweather is doing whatever he can to continue to sell the fight to people. At this point, the fight sort of sells itself. But that clearly isn’t going to stop Mayweather from trying to promote it as much as possible. It’s why he’s one of the richest athletes in the world—he knows how to market a fight to the masses.

That being said, Mayweather took his promotional skills a little bit too far over this past weekend when he did an interview with ESPN reporter Stephen A. Smith and talked about where he thinks he stands amongst boxing’s great. During the interview, SAS asked Mayweather about how he thinks he compares to legendary fighters like Muhammad Ali and Sugar Ray Robinson. And Mayweather was quick to point out that, while he respects both of those guys, he thinks he is the greatest boxer of all time.

“No one can ever brainwash me to make me believe that Sugar Ray Robinson and Muhammad Ali was better than me,” he said. “No one could ever brainwash me and tell me that.”

Bold statement? Um, yeah. You could say that. But it’s also a statement that Mayweather shouldn’t be making right now, especially on the eve of his biggest fight to date. In time, Mayweather might very well go down as the greatest boxer ever. He might be considered better than guys like Ali and Robinson. He might even be mentioned alongside the greatest athletes in the history of professional sports. But for now, he needs to shy away from conversations about his legacy and focus on his next fight. Otherwise, he could suffer a setback and end up looking really foolish for comparing himself to some of the greats.

What do you think about Mayweather comparing himself to Ali and Robinson? Is he right—or does he need to say “No comment” the next time he’s asked to compare himself to legends?

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