If there’s one thing that Floyd Mayweather, Jr. is, it’s confident and a bit outspoken. On Monday, the 38-year-old undefeated professional boxer, exuded just how confident he is in his profession during a sit-down interview with Stephen A. Smith for ESPN2’s “First Take.”
Mayweather — who’s gearing up for a fight against Manny Pacquiao on May 2nd — made what some consider some controversial statements about being better than some of history’s legendary boxers. He also reveals that he feels he has it worse, in terms of experiencing racism, than Muhammad Ali.
Peep a few excerpts below.
On believing that he is better than Sugar Ray and Muhammad Ali:
Mayweather: 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. 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.
Specifically believing that Ali was better than him:
Mayweather: Leon Spinks only had seven fights. Never put a fighter in there with Floyd Mayweather with seven fights. Take punishment and let a man tire yourself out from beating you? You hit him with a few punches and go down and quit and you want to be glorified for that?
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