No Manny Pacquiao, Muhammad Ali, Mike Tyson in Floyd Mayweather Jr.'s top five boxers of all time
ABS-CBN Sports on Jul 29, 2020 03:35 PM
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Undefeated boxing star Floyd "Money" Mayweather Jr. has never been shy about where he believes he ranks among the best boxers of all time.
That's why when asked by rapper Fat Joe who is top-5 boxers of all time is, the obvious first answer was himself.
“We going ‘Money’ Mayweather,” Mayweather Jr. said, after a suggestion from Fat Joe.
The other four that Mayweather named are indeed worthy of their spots in any person's top-5.
“I’mma go Pernell Whitaker, I’mma go Roberto Duran…man, you put me in a tight predicament,” Mayweather Jr. said while toiling to think of other names to add to his list.
Whitaker was an olympic gold medalist and a four-division world champion, with world title reigns at lightweight, junior welterweight, welterweight, and super welterweight. Whitaker retired in 2001 with a 40-1-1, 1 NC pro career with 17 wins coming via KO. In 2019, Whitaker was tragically killed at age 55 after being struck by a vehicle while crossing the street.
Duran was also a four-division world champion with reigns at lightweight, welterweight, super welterweight, and middleweight. Duran retired in 2001 and has an astonishing 103-16 professional record with 70 wins coming via KO.
“Roberto Duran went from 135 pounds all the way to 160. He went at 135, and then 147, 154, and 160. He went to four weight classes," he explained.
As for the heavyweights, Mayweather gave a nod to the legendary Larry Holmes.
“If we’re gonna go with heavyweights, I gotta be honest, I gotta go with Larry Holmes," Mayweather Jr. said. “Because Larry Holmes beat everybody in his era. When Larry Holmes got beat by Mike Tyson, he got beat by a young, hungry champion and he came out retirement, and got beat by Tyson.”
“He had the basic fundamentals, he had the jab, and even right now, he’s still living a great life because he made smart investments, so he was good from the beginning of his career until the end of his career," Mayweather continued.
Holms went undefeated in his first 48 bouts and beat the likes of Muhammad Ali, Trevor Berbick, and Leon Spinks en route to reigns as the WBC and IBF heavyweight world champion. Holmes retired in 2002 with a 69-6 professional record with 44 wins via KO.
“Larry Holmes came back and beat a lot of young guys too. Even though Tyson got him, he beat Ray Mercer!" Mayweather Jr. added.
The final name on Mayweather's top-5 was former light welterweight great Aaron Pryor.
"Aaron Pryor. The only reason why Aaron Pryor was because of drugs. He lost only one fight, because of drugs.”
Nicknamed "The Hawk", Pryor was a force at light welterweight from 1976 to 1990. He was a world champion from 1980 to 1985, with reigns as WBA and IBF champion. His lone loss came against Bobby Joe Young in 1987. He finished with a career record of 39-1 with 35 wins via KO. In 2016, Pryor passed away after a long battle with heart disease at 60 years old.
Noticeable from Mayweather Jr.'s top-5 are names like Muhammad Ali, Mike Tyson, and long-time rival Manny Pacquiao.
While obviously this is Mayweather Jr's preference and he can name anybody he pleases, his choices have no doubt stirred up headlines in the boxing world.