Floyd Mayweather has been given the chance to prove he is the greatest fighter of his generation when he takes on Manny Pacquiao on May 2.
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However in an interview with ESPN, the American said the believed that he was the greatest fighter of all-time and that he could not be “brainwashed” into being told Muhammad Ali and Sugar Ray Robinson were better than him.
“No one can ever brainwash me to make me believe that Sugar Ray Robinson and Muhammad Ali was better than me. No one could ever brainwash me and tell me that,” Mayweather is quoted as saying by News Corp.
“But one thing I will do, I’m going to take my hat off to them and respect those guys because those are the guys that paved the way for me to be where I’m at today.”
Mayweather went as far as to explain exactly why he is better than three-time world heavyweight champion Ali.
“He only ever fought in one weight class,” said Mayweather.
“Leon Spinks beat him when he had seven fights. They’d never put a fighter in there with Floyd Mayweather with seven fights.”
Mayweather took aim at Ali’s rope-a-dope strategy used against George Foreman in the ‘Rumble in the Jungle’, saying there was no chance he would use such tactics.
“So you gonna tell me that it’s cool to lay on the ropes and take punishment and let a man tire himself out from beating you and then he basically fatigued? You hit him with a few punches and he go down and quit, and you want to be glorified for that? Absolutely not, not me.”
Social media exploded following Mayweather’s comments:
Floyd Mayweather claims he's better than Muhammad Ali…. Now, I really hope Manny Pacquiao knocks him out cold