Holyfield Blasts Mayweather For Not Unifying A Division
Evander Hollyfield was an undisputed champion in not only as a heavyweight, but also as a cruiserweight, and he takes that honor very seriously. That is why he believes that Mayweather cannot be considered the greatest fighter of all time, because he didn’t unify any of the five divisions he held world titles in.
The closest Mayweather came to unification was in 2015, when he defeated Manny Pacquiao in a WBC, WBA, WBO welterweight title clash. After the record breaking fight, Mayweather refused to pay the WBO a sanctioning fee and he was stripped of the belt.
Mayweather, who is twice retired has a sense of pride in being the WBC title in five different weight divisions, but Holyfield feels that’s not enough and that Mayweather needed to beat the other champions.
“My whole thing [is this], he is a great fighter. But to actually say that [he’s beaten everyone], you’ve got to be the undisputed. You need to get all the belts at one time and let everybody know that I beat everybody who had a belt and I am undisputed. You can’t just say ‘I got this WBC belt, I got this WBC belt and I got this WBC belt,’ and all of them are WBCs and you don’t got the rest of the belts to say you are undisputed,” Holyfield told Kevin Iole of Yahoo Sports.
“The whole big thing is, its not just this one belt – its all of these other belts. I wanted to be undisputed, where you can say that I am the undisputed champion of the world. Ever since [Muhammad] Ali left, there wasn’t an undisputed champion until [Mike] Tyson was the first one to be made undisputed, then Buster Douglas, then me, then Riddick Bowe and then Lennox Lewis. Lennox was the last one [at heavyweight]. That was five guys who took the time and said ‘I don’t just want to be one of the champions – I want to be undisputed where everyone knows at that time that I was the very best.”
“That’s the only thing that Floyd is missing, because he was never the undisputed world champion in any weight division.”