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