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Mayweather is the GOAT (Greatest Of All Time)?

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Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather, Jr in a file photo.

The run up to the most anticipated boxing match between Floyd Mayweather Jr and Manny Pacquiao has naturally spawned debate on who is the Greatest of All Time or the GOAT. While pundits may disagree over who is, one thing is clear, Floyd Mayweather thinks he is the GOAT.

Money’s Claim

In recent interview reported by News.com.au, ESPN reporter Stephen A. Smith asked Mayweather on his thoughts as to the GOAT. The Money Man?s response was, ?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.?

He added, ?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?? The guys he refers to are Muhammad Ali, who is known as the greatest boxer who ever lived while another boxing great, Sugar Ray Robinson was the acclaimed greatest pound for pound fighter.

Boxing History according to Mayweather

Mayweather critique Ali, who he said fought in only one weight class while he has fought in five. He also called out the rope-a-dope strategy employed by Ali, by saying ?So you gonna tell me that it?s cool to lay on the ropes and take punishment and let a man tire himself out from beating you and then he 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, not me.?

The Reaction

Boxing experts had responded to this claim. A few writers have now sided with Pacquiao as a response to this ludicrous claim. According to a report from Sports.Yahoo.com, the quality of the fighters Mayweather has faced does not even merit him being mentioned in the top 10 best fighters ever.

One of the most vociferous critics is Jamie Moore, who reacted to the claim that Mayweather is the Best Ever, in a report on skysports.com. Comparing the opposition the Money Man has faced as against Sugar Ray Robinson?s, the unanimous decision is Sugar is still the best ever.

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