Floyd Mayweather Jr., the presumptive #1 ranked pound-for-pound boxer in the world interviewed with ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith wherein he stated he believed he was better than Sugar Ray Robinson and Muhammad Ali. Fine. That’s confidence and no one has a problem with that. Then Floyd took things a step past reasonable by explaining he wasn’t going to be “brainwashed”. He denigrated Ali’s loss to Leon Spinks at 36 by stating that Leon only had seven professional fights and the Rope-a-Dope strategy Ali employed George Foreman in the “Rumble in the Jungle” saying, “So you gonna tell me that it’s cool and take punishment and let a man tire himself out from beating you? And then he’s basically fatigued, you hit him with a few punches and he go down and quit and you want to be glorified for that? Absolutely not”.
Of course as is his wont, Floyd leaves out important facts in the story. Facts like Leon Spinks was a 24-year-old Olympic Gold Medalist when he fought Ali. Facts like George Foreman was regarded in the same way Gennady Golovkin is regarded now, as an eater of worlds who had just come off disassembling Joe Frazier in Kingston, Jamaica.
If this had been just the first time Floyd had said something like this, I would have let it go. Might have raised an eyebrow, but that’s all that it would have been. Then I remembered: He’s done this before. His bragging about supremacy and being “The Best Ever” is as tired as it is simple. If you ask him why, he just tells you it’s because he’s made the most money and because he’s undefeated.
He might get away with this when people who don’t know boxing are around, or talking to web sites who are so besotted over getting an interview with him that they don’t pressure him. He will not get away with this here.
Mayweather fans, have a seat and enjoy a cream soda. It’s time for a history lesson.