“Didn’t He Say the Same About [Adrien] Broner”: 50–0 Legend Branding Rising Prospect the Next Floyd Mayweather Draws Ire From Fans

Published 06/06/2023, 12:38 PM EDT

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In a world where every rising star is prematurely branded the “next big thing,” boxing seems to have picked its own contender. Enter Jhon Ingram, an undefeated 22-year-old from North Carolina, now stepping into the spotlight, is being endorsed by none other than Floyd Mayweather. With an impressive 3-0 record with three stoppages under his belt, Ingram’s nascent professional career holds promise. What’s intriguing, however, is the weighty proclamation by Mayweather himself – the assertion that Ingram could be “the next Floyd Mayweather.”

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Is this a prophecy of a remarkable career trajectory and potentially unparalleled boxing greatness? If history is any guide, Mayweather’s words may carry more ambiguity than meets the eye. Is Ingram a true heir to Mayweather’s legacy or just the latest boxer to be placed on the conveyor belt of Mayweather’s endorsements?

Mayweather’s prediction sparks mixed reactions from fans

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In a recent post by IFL TV, they shared a snapshot of Jhon Ingram alongside Mayweather, captioned: “THE NEXT FLOYD MAYWEATHER? 👀 Floyd Mayweather has labeled the undefeated 22-year-old Jhon Ingram as ‘the next Floyd Mayweather’ ahead of his appearance on Floyd’s undercard next week.” The photo and statement together quickly ignited a flurry of reactions from fans.

Andrew Williams and Curtis Moloney both echoed a similar sentiment. Williams pointed out, “Didn’t he say the same about Broner 🤣” and Moloney concurred, “Sure he said Broner was too.”

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Yelloboi Jones couldn’t resist taking a light-hearted jab at Mayweather’s propensity to anoint his fighters as successors. He commented, “Every fighter Floyd gets he says they the next Floyd Mayweather 😆😂😂.” 

Ramy Ka humorously claimed the Mayweather mantle himself, stating, “It went from Gamboa to Tank to Devin to Shakur to whoever else and then to me I’m the next Floyd Mayweather!”

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In a more critical vein, Jeremy Myers Valdez quipped, “Stop it Floyd I thought Haney was until he got punched in the face by Loma.”

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These reactions underline the skepticism fans have towards his proclamations of their potential. Mayweather’s comparisons might be both an endorsement and an albatross around these young fighters’ necks, as they navigate their own paths in the competitive world of boxing.

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In this vein, we pass the question to you, our readers: Do you believe Jhon Ingram has the potential to be the ‘next Floyd Mayweather,’ or is this another overhyped prediction? Let’s continue the conversation in the comments section below.

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Mrinal Mishra is a Boxing writer at EssentiallySports, who is dedicated to covering live events with a special emphasis on influencer boxing events. With a focus on storytelling, Mishra strives to bring to light the stories of fighters that often go untold. As a big fan of Mike Tyson, Mishra believes that boxing will remain relevant for eternity, and he is committed to covering the sport with the respect and admiration it deserves.
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