Mayweather Believes He’s ‘Athlete Of The Decade’, Not LeBron James
From the start of his career to the end of it, Floyd Mayweather was untouchable. The man who has held the WBA (Super), WBC, The Ring, and lineal Welterweight Titles has faced and beaten the best.
The Mayweather Promotions mogul went on an 11-0 run from 2009 to his retirement in 2017 against Conor McGregor. He has beaten Shane Mosley, Miguel Cotto, Victor Ortiz, Canelo Alvarez and Manny Pacquiao. Despite that run, and the run he went on the decade prior where he beat Oscar De La Hoya, Phillip N’dou, Ricky Hatton and Jose Luis Castillo, Mayweather (50-0) never won Athlete of the Decade.
Following the announcement of LeBron James as the Associated Press Male Athlete of the Decade, Mayweather had a lot to say. Speaking on the Drink Champs podcast, Floyd believed he was robbed of the award.
“I love LeBron James, but when we talking about Athlete of the Decade, that’s me… I’m the Athlete of the Decade,” Mayweather stated, via Complex. “Of the last two decades actually.”
Since he started in the NBA in 2003, LeBron James has been a true force. The 16-time All-Star came into the game a commodity and is now one of the best to ever play the sport. At the beginning of the 2010’s LeBron joined the Miami Heat and won two NBA Championships. He then won another one with Cleveland before joining the Los Angeles Lakers. LeBron has been to eight NBA Finals in a row. He has endorsements with a number of sponsors like Nike, Coca-Coca, State Farm, Kia and Intel. LeBron has won Athlete of the Year three times while Floyd has never won one.
Back in December, Floyd posted a picture of the highest-paid athletes of the decade. He was number one with $915 million. LeBron was number four at $680 million. Floyd, who has started his own brand, company and assorted businesses, believes his hustle deserves some sort of praise.
“No Gatorade behind me, no Sprite behind me, no Nike behind me,” Floyd went on to say. “You got to realize, these are billion-dollar companies. And we like to call it ‘placement.’ So if they paying—you get what you want if you paying enough. But if we going off just honestly, I’m the Athlete of the Decade. Of the last two decades actually.”
While his late career is often criticized for the picking of opponents, the fights he has been in have gone on to generate insane revenue numbers. They have gone from double digits to $136,000,000, $150,000,000 and $400,000,000. No other athlete can say they have done that.
Since 1996, “Money” Mayweather has managed to become a name many talk about, even in semi-retirement.
Are Floyd’s complaints valid?