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Floyd Mayweather Hits Out At Welterweight Rankings After Being Placed Behind Sugar Ray Leonard

Floyd Mayweather Hits Out At Welterweight Rankings After Being Placed Behind Sugar Ray Leonard

Floyd Mayweather lashed out at an all-time welterweight rankings list after he was beaten to the top spot by fellow boxing legend Sugar Ray Leonard.

The 43-year-old boxing legend walked away from the sport in 2017 after he notched up an unblemished record of 50-0 inside the squared circle.

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And Mayweather hasn't been shy to voice his stance as the best fighter of all time and even slammed the idea that the legendary Muhammad Ali is boxing's GOAT.

'Money' has now taken issue with a welterweight rankings list that placed Leonard ahead of him, saying he doesn't deserve it after losing to Roberto Duran.

Mayweather, who claimed a friend sent the list to him, did say that fierce rival Manny Pacquiao finished No 3.

He told FightHype: "It was crazy, someone sent me something about 'The Best Welterweights.'

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"They had Sugar Ray Leonard No 1. Like I said before, he was the guy that paved the way for myself. But how can you have a guy ranked No 1 when his first loss was to a lightweight, Roberto Duran?

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"And then they also talked about me facing [Juan Manuel] Marquez, which was at catchweight of 144lbs.

"But this same guy, Marquez, knocked out their No 3 ranked welterweight -- because they had Pacquiao No 3.

"He got knocked out by Juan Manuel Marquez. They were trying to say that basically he [Marquez] was too small for me."

Mayweather fought Manny Pacquiao in a blockbuster clash in 2015 and secured a unanimous decision victory in Las Vegas.

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But the future boxing Hall of Famer continued his rant by hitting out at the "so-called boxing experts."

Mayweather explained: "But he [Marquez] wasn't too small for Pacquiao.

"It's crazy how all these ratings go nowadays. Of course, fighters are gonna always say, 'I would've done this, I should be ranked here.'

"But a lot of these so-called boxing experts, it's just crazy how these guys are experts.

"If you're an expert, you've gotta really do your homework before you speak on certain things about boxing."

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Topics: Boxing News, Boxing, Money, Floyd Mayweather

Adnan Riaz

Adnan Riaz is a journalist for SPORTbible. He studied for a B.A. in History at the University of York and followed it up with an M.A. in Multimedia Journalism at MMU. Before he started writing about sports, he spent over four years in the gaming press. He has worked for several publications, including Hardcore Gamer, LADbible and the Manchester Evening News. Follow him on Twitter to find out what he is working on next. Got a story tip for Adnan? Email him: [email protected]

 

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