Devin Haney Says He Wishes to be ‘Pretty Boy’ and Not Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather

Published 02/08/2021, 11:04 PM EST


Devin Haney is among the most prolific talents in the current boxing landscape. In the stacked lightweight division, he is recognized as a top-rated pugilist.

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Over the course of his extensive boxing run, the ‘Dream’ has expressed how Floyd Mayweather inspired him to take up the sport. However, in a recent interview, Haney clarified his point about which Floyd Mayweather actually inspired him.

Speaking to Behind The Gloves, he said:

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When Floyd was deployed didn’t get like the millions and millions and millions of dollars yet. Floyd was still on the come up like me.” 

Haney asserted that the young ‘Pretty Boy’ Mayweather impressed him a lot more than ‘Money’.

LAS VEGAS, NV – MAY 02: Floyd Mayweather Jr. throws a left at Manny Pacquiao during their welterweight unification championship bout on May 2, 2015 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

The ‘Dream’ continued, “Floyd was more defensive-minded as he got older. When he was ‘Pretty Boy’ he had more, he was more offensive-minded. He threw a lot more punches and like he would try to hurt his opponents more.”

Mayweather had a mindset to crucify every opponent he faced while he was climbing the ladders in the sport. He possessed immense power to floor his opponents and did it in exuberant style.

Devin Haney recognizes that and wishes to replicate the path of ‘Pretty Boy’ Mayweather throughout the course of his pro-boxing run.

Read – Mike Tyson Names the Man Who Inspired Him to Box – It’s Not Muhammad Ali

Is Devin Haney the next Floyd Mayweather?

Haney is just 22 and already has a vibrant resume. In no time, he has reached the pinnacle of the lightweight division and has the WBC belt under his wing. With a 60% knockout ratio, Haney exhibits a track record of 25 wins and 0 losses.

Out of all those wins, 15 have arrived by T/KO.

NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 13: Devin Haney(red and white trunks) celebrates with his coach after beating Zaur Abdullaev(Red and black trunks) by doctor stoppage for The WBC Interim Lightweight Championship at The Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden on September 13, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Anthony Geathers/Getty Images)

The ‘Dream’ has no plans of slowing down and aims to become the undisputed lightweight champion. Needless to say, his drive to become the best in his division is very similar to Floyd Mayweather. In fact, he adapts more of an offensive approach in the game to vanquish his fellow opponents.

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Citing the skill sets and the fire he has, Haney might go down as another Floyd Mayweather of the sport.

What do you make of Haney’s comments? ‘Pretty Boy’ or ‘Money’, which Floyd Mayweather impressed you the most?

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan is a Boxing Author at EssentiallySports. He is a graduate from the International Institute of Sports Management who combines his love for sports, particularly combat sports, and his flair for writing and analysis to help him in his day-to-day work. He has prior professional experience with sporting organizations such as Star Sports, Khelo India, and NBA.

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