Floyd Mayweather: I Am Better Than Muhammad Ali

| by Daniel Yancelson
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Floyd Mayweather's confidence is well known is, but calling himself a better boxer than the greatest, Muhammad Ali, may push some buttons. In a recent interview Mayweather said he is better than Ali and boxing legend Sugar Ray Robinson.

"(Ali) only fought in one weight class... No one can ever brainwash me to make me believe that Sugar Ray Robinson and Muhammad Ali was better than me,” Mayweather said.

He didn’t put them down without a compliment: "But one thing I will (say): I’m going to take my hat off to those guys and respect those guys because those are the guys that paved the way for me."

Mayweather may have a point: He is undefeated in 47 fights as a professional boxer. His last loss came in the 1996 Olympic Games so it's easy to see why Mayweather is so confident.

And a reason to put down Ali? Mayweather talked about Ali’s loss to Leon Spinks. "Spinks beat him when he had seven fights," Mayweather said. "They'd never put a fighter in there with Floyd Mayweather with seven fights.”

Although Mayweather’s points are valid, he has a great deal on the line coming up. His May 2 fight against Manny Pacquiao at the Las Vegas MGM Grand could back his points up, or could backfire easily. The anticipation for the fight is greater than any other fight in recent memory. It is expected to make more than $300 million in revenue and pay-per-view will cost a record-breaking $99.

Source: LA Times, ESPN

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