What Did Floyd Mayweather Say About Muhammad Ali’s Legacy?
Floyd Mayweather has spoken on how his legacy compares to that of Muhammad Ali.
Mayweather ended his pro boxing career with a perfect record of 50-0. Along the way, he captured major championship across multiple weight classes. His last pro bout was back in August 2017 when he scored a 10th-round TKO victory over Conor McGregor.
Ali is often referred to as the “Greatest of all Time.” With a pro boxing record of 56-5 and being recognized as a pioneer, many feel that even though Mayweather’s resume can’t be denied, his legacy still doesn’t compare to Cassius Clay. “Money” disagrees with that notion.
Mayweather expressed his belief that while Ali is an all-time great, he wasn’t the flawless fighter that people perceive him to have been. Here’s what he told Shannon Sharpe on CLUB SHAY SHAY (h/t TMZ Sports).
“Is Ali the same fighter that got beat by a guy with seven fights? Leon Spinks beat Muhammad Ali when he only had seven fights. If we really tell the truth, what’s the heavyweight guy that Ali fought three times? Ken Norton really beat Ali all three times. Go back and look at the fights.”
Mayweather went on to say that Ali’s role in the civil rights movement and his refusal to serve in the Vietnam War will never be overlooked.
“Ali will always be a pioneer because of what he stood for in that era. And I commend him for that.”
Mayweather had been teasing a return to the boxing ring but things appeared to simmer down due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Back in late 2019, Mayweather and UFC President Dana White teased a partnership. Mayweather then made an Instagram post claiming he was returning to the ring. Time will tell if “Money” eventually does return to action, be it for a professional bout or an exhibition affair. His most recent outing was an exhibition bout against Tenshin Nasukawa back in December 2018. Mayweather won the bout via first-round TKO.