Floyd Mayweather contacts Ray Leonard and also speaks deeply about how he feels he stands in boxing history alongside other legendary fighters.
Mayweather was certainly the best boxer of his generation. Even his harshest critics could not dispute that.
In a career that spanned 50 professional fights he beat everyone put in front of him – including the best of his era.
But the debate will always be there about how he stacks up all time with the likes of the great boxers in the sport.
In all honesty it’s hard to compare fighters from different eras but speaking to Fight Hype, Mayweather said:
“Sugar Ray Robinson? I went 130lbs, 135 1140 140 to 147 and 154lbs? Right? How many weight classes did he jump now? Sugar Ray Robinson, how many weight classes did he jump?
“Sugar Ray, a hell of a fighter. But it didn’t take me a hundred and something fights. I can cut that s*** in half and do it in better fashion.”
Moving on to another legendary fighter in the sport, he said:
“Roberto Duran? Hell of a fighter. One of the best of all time. Right? But when he I think was it welterweight or middleweight when he fought hit man (Thomas Hearns). Okay. You know. You see what it was.”
The boxing history books will ultimately show where Mayweather sits in the pantheon of great fighters. At this time he is retired but some have speculated that he could end up coming back once more.
But never say never in boxing.
For the full interview on Fight Hype YouTube check it out here that also shows Mayweather contacting Ray Leonard on social media: