Retired boxing superstar and fifteen times world champion Floyd Mayweather names his top five greatest boxers ever, but surprisingly, Muhammad Ali and Mike Tyson do not make the cut to the list!
Muhammad Ali and Mike Tyson, two names that have carried the sport to each and every corner of this world in their own generations and for millions of boxing fans, either of them ranks as the greatest pugilist of all time.
However, for Floyd Mayweather, the retired world champion who is slated to make his boxing comeback next year surprisingly doesn’t name either Ali or Tyson while picking his top five greatest ever to have emerged from the sport.
Floyd Mayweather picks his top 5 boxers, leaves out Muhammad Ali and Mike Tyson
Floyd Mayweather made an appearance on American rapper Fat Joe’s Instagram live, where the former boxer was asked to choose his top five favourite boxers of all time, as Mayweather started off by naming Pernell Whitaker and Roberto Durán, and while moving to the heavyweight category, he picked Larry Holmes.
“We got to go Pernell Whitaker. I’mma go Roberto Durán, man you put me in a tight predicament,” Mayweather told Joe, “as far as with the heavyweights, if we’re going to go heavyweights, I’m going to be honest, I’ve got to go Larry Holmes.
“Larry Holmes beat everybody in his era,” Mayweather went on explaining why he named him over Iron Mike, “when Larry Holmes got beat by Mike Tyson, he got beat by a young hungry champion and he came out of a year’s retirement and got beat by Tyson.”
“I’ve got to say Larry Holmes, 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,” Money went on, “so he was good from the beginning of his career to the end of his career.”
In the end, Mayweather named Aaron Pryor, the late light-welterweight Hall of Famer who only lost one fight in his career.
“Aaron Pryor, the only reason why Aaron Pryor lost a fight was because of drugs,” Mayweather acknowledged, “he lost only one fight because of drugs.”