Self-appointed 'goat' Floyd Mayweather stuns boxing world
US boxer declares himself the 'greatest of all time'
Floyd “Money” Mayweather Junior has left the fight fraternity perplexed by exaggerating his own worth as a fighter.
Mayweather declared himself as the greatest boxer of all time, known as "goat" in sporting ciricles, when he was asked by SunSport for his top five.
Even ex-BSA board member Andile Sdinile, who worships the ground Mayweather walks on, disagreed with the top five compiled by the American, which reads: Floyd Mayweather Junior, Pernell Whitaker; Roberto Duran, Larry Holmes and Aaron Pryor.
“I agree Aaron belongs there. I don’t think Floyd is No1; I always maintained that Muhammad Ali was the greatest boxer of all time and Floyd will be the richest boxer of all time. I can’t have my top five without mentioning Leonard, Sugar Ray Robinson and Joe Louis."
Mayweather believes he is head and shoulders above everyone else. That is why he left out the likes of Joe Louis, Sugar Ray Robinson, George Foreman, Sugar Ray Leonard and many more.
Sowetan also spoke to successful trainer Damien Durandt and former world champion Dingaan Thobela about Mayweather’s choice.
Durandt said: “When we talk about all-time great boxers we look at certain aspects of a boxer that we prefer over others. At the end of the day it is his opinion and not fact. For me Julio Cesar Chavez, Leonard, Ali definitely, Mike Tyson, and Roy Jones Junior are definite. I mean, how do you leave out Ali – he was the best in the world."
Thobela said: “I will put my head on the block with those guys including Oscar de la Hoya. I think Floyd does not like Ali and Leonard because they are rated as the best, and he believes he’s the best. Their popularity is an issue to him.”
The 45-year-old retired with an undefeated record if 50 and winning 15 major world championships from junior lightweight to junior middleweights.
He was named Fighter of the Decade for the 2010s by the Boxing Writers Association of America (BWAA), a two-time winner of The Ring Magazine’s Fighters of the Year award 1998 and 2007, a three-time winner of BWAA Fighter of the Year award winner 2007, 2013 and 2015, and a six-time winner of the Best ESPY Award in 2007 and 2010.
Mayweather is reported to own a whopping 100 cars, various properties and two private jets in Miami.
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