Floyd Mayweather was furious that ESPN had called the legendary Muhammad Ali the best boxer of all time and wondered if he should be in first place.
The 43-year-old American star retired from boxing in 2017 with an absolute record of 50 wins and no losses.
During an appearance on ESPN’s Sports Center – when he was 49-0 years old – Mayweather listened as the two hosts chose their top five boxers of all time.
David Lloyd chose Henry Armstrong (fifth), Mayweather (fourth), Joe Louis (third), Sugar Ray Robinson (second) and Ali (first).
Meanwhile, champion Cari has selected Mike Tyson (fifth), Mayweather (fourth), Louis (third), Robinson (second) and Ali (first).
But that didn’t stop Mayweather from raging about the merits that led Ali to take home the top spot.
“What are we fighting the fighters on?” churches.
“Because if we are judging the fighters as supporters of a cause, then it is Ali with his hands down.
“But if we’re talking about taking minimal punishment and breaking records, it’s Floyd Mayweather.
“Muhammad Ali paved the way for me to be where I am today, it is a legend.
“But when we talk about records, we have to talk about the fact that Ali lost his world title to a fighter with only seven fights.
“I have to take off my hat from Ali, but I haven’t given the sport 40 years to say there is another better fighter than I am.”
Lloyd claimed that Ali’s boxing track record included legendary fights such as his Thrilla showdown in Manila with Joe Frazier.
And when the SportsCenter host suggested that Mayweather didn’t have the same type of brawl as Ali, he replied, “It’s not nice. It’s not nice.
“What I’m here to teach fighters is this: the name of the game is to hit and not be hit. It’s not about punishing.
“And I love Ali, but sitting on the ropes, punishing up to make a rope on the rope – it’s not nice.”