Devin Haney Makes a Wild Claim – Compares Himself to ‘Pretty Boy’ Floyd Mayweather

Published 01/11/2021, 1:57 AM EST
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – APRIL 09: Devin Haney celebrates his victory over Rafael Vazquez in their super featherweight fight on April 9, 2016 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)


WBC lightweight champion Devin Haney billed himself as a reincarnation of Floyd Mayweather and compared his 25 fight resume with Mayweather’s 50-0 record. Both Mayweather and Haney became world champions at an early age and are undefeated.

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While Mayweather has dominated the boxing world for over two decades, Haney is similarly leaving his mark on the lightweight division. However, it’s still too early to contrast himself with a five-division world champion.

That said, Devin Haney tagged himself as the ‘pretty Boy’ Floyd Mayweather, which was Mayweather’s in-ring persona in the earlier days. Before becoming ‘Money May’, Floyd Mayweather was the young ‘Pretty Boy’ who amazed the whole boxing world with his skills. He was tactical, defensive, and seemed inevitable inside the ring.

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Following this proclamation, several fans mocked the statement and ridiculed Haney for his recent comparisons. Here’s a look at the social media reactions to Haney’s tweet.

What’s next for Devin Haney?

Following a successful title defence against Yuriorkis Gamboa, Haney faced severe criticism for failing to stop his adversary. Fans expected to see a stoppage win from ‘The Dream’. Instead, he outclassed Gamboa via decision.

Meanwhile, Haney hasn’t found a legitimate opponent for himself yet. Looking at the ongoing feud between Ryan Garcia and Gervonta Davis, it doesn’t appear that Haney would slide into that mix.

However, the WBC lightweight champion desired to fight the unified champion, Teofimo Lopez, this year. It can be a tremendous fight between two young undefeated world champions. If Haney actually wants to enrich his legacy like a young Mayweather, he will have to fight and beat the best.

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Although his win against Gamboa isn’t regarded as a colossal achievement, a win against Teofimo Lopez will raise Devin Haney’s name in the current lightweight talks. 2021 looks promising for the lightweight division, and Haney can also bag some big fights.

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Do you think Devin Haney can reach the level of Floyd Mayweather in the future?

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Raj Sarkar

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A senior boxing writer at EssentiallySports, Raj Sarkar is a mass media graduate who is currently pursuing his master’s degree in broadcast journalism. In addition to his current role, he has worked with the MMA team at EssentiallySports and has interviewed prominent fighters such as Ritu Phogat and 'The Red King' Rory MacDonald. He combined his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports and has a combined 2000 plus bylines in MMA and boxing over the last two years.

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