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Floyd Mayweather Leaves Muhammad Ali Out Of His Five Greatest Boxers Of All Time

Floyd Mayweather Leaves Muhammad Ali Out Of His Five Greatest Boxers Of All Time

Floyd Mayweather named himself as the best boxer of all time as he snubbed the legendary Muhammad Ali from his top five list.

The 43-year-old boxing legend retired from the sport in 2017 after he notched up an undefeated record of 50-0.

And Mayweather has previously taken issue with the idea that Ali should be named ahead of him as the best the sport has ever seen.

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Speaking to Fat Joe on Instagram Live, 'Money' said his top three would include himself, Pernell Whitaker would be second and Roberto Duran would rank third.

However, Mayweather then revealed he would pick Larry Holmes ahead of any heavyweight in history.

The future boxing Hall of Famer explained: "We're going to have to go, OK, we'll go 'Money' Mayweather, we got to go Pernell Whitaker, imma go Roberto Duran -- man, you put me in a tight predicament.

"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."

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Fat Joe insisted that he doesn't believe Holmes is better than boxing legends Ali or Mike Tyson.

But Mayweather went on to provide the full "breakdown" behind his decision to pick Holmes for his No 4 spot.

"Larry Holmes beat everybody in his era, when Larry Holmes got beat by Mike Tyson, he got beat by a young hungry champion and he came out of a years retirement and got beat by Tyson," he said.

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"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.

"So he was good from the beginning of his career to the end of his career."

Credit: PA
Credit: PA

Mayweather's final pick on his top five went to Aaron Pryor, who he claimed only "lost a fight [...] because of drugs."

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He told Fat Joe: "Aaron Pryor, the only reason why Aaron Pryor lost a fight was because of drugs, he lost only one fight because of drugs."

Mayweather previously named Ali in his top five boxers of all time during an appearance on ESPN, though he did rank the 'Greatest' at the No 5 spot.

Featured Image Credit: Instagram/PA

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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