Mayweather: “I’m the best!”
Mayweather says no to enhancement-performing drugs, yes to legacy-enhancing fights
Story & photo by Chris Cozzone
“At this point, it’s all about enhancing legacy,” says Floyd “Money” Mayweather, Jr. “Every fight, at his point . . . depends on who the opponent is.”
This weekend, that opponent will be “Sugar” Shane Mosley, 46-5, 39 KOs, Mayweather’s biggest test to date. In what just might be the most significant fight of the year, the two will clash at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on a card promoted by Golden Boy and Mayweather Promotions.
Unbeaten in 40 pro fights, with 25 kayos, Mayweather says the career-defining fight will further prove his claim that he is the greatest fighter – not of this generation – but of all time.
“I got respect for Sugar Ray Robinson, I've got respect for Muhammad Ali, but I'm a man, just like they're men,” says Mayweather. “I put on my pants just like they put on their pants. What makes them any better than I am? Because they fought a thousand fights? In my era, it's totally different. You know? It's pay-per-view now, so things change. It's out with the old and in with the new.
“Floyd Mayweather is the best. Sugar Ray Robinson is one hell of a fighter, but Floyd Mayweather is the best.”
In an era where top fighters racked up 200 fights, Robinson, seen by many boxing aficionados as the greatest fighter ever, was reportedly undefeated as an amateur (85-0) before winning 40 straight as a pro and losing to Jake Lamotta (whom he beat five out of six times.)
“I don’t know where I could put Mosley,” says Mayweather. “I can't see how a guy can call himself great. I can't see Mosley talk about putting himself as a future Hall of Famer and this was a guy we don't know how long he was taking enhancement drugs.”
Mayweather has not stopped at Mosley, when it comes to pointing the finger at cheaters. There is one other whom Mayweather hints at being dirty – the man most ringside experts consider boxing’s No. 1, pound-for-pound.
“Manny Pacquiao struggled twice with [Juan Manuel] Marquez,” says Mayweather, “which we know he really lost, right? And we know he's been knocked out twice. He's been outboxed by Eric Morales, but they still give him ‘Boxer of the Decade.’ So that's something I don't understand. He beat a Miguel Cotto who just got pummeled with a cast. So I mean, tell me what it really is.
“All I'm saying, if you're a clean athlete, take your test. That's all I'm saying. That's all I've got to say. If you're a clean athlete, take the test.”