Floyd Mayweather is Ruining his Legacy, Says Teofimo Lopez

Published 02/05/2021, 5:14 AM EST


Teofimo Lopez grew up watching the big-wig Floyd Mayweather in his prime. He has showcased his regards for the undefeated kingpin of boxing. However, ‘The Takeover’ has a changed perception over his inspiration now.

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Recently, Mayweather announced his return to the ring for numerous exhibition fights, and ‘The Takeover’ didn’t quite sponsor the latter’s belief. Lopez feels the latter is deteriorating his charismatic legacy.

In a chat with SiriusXM Fight Nation, Lopez said, “Floyd man, you’re ruining your legacy. It’s a damn shame to see it all happen like that. I love Floyd, man. I looked up to him. He did a huge thing.”

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Mayweather had an exemplary career in boxing, retiring with an astonishing track record of 50-0. He walked away from professional boxing in 2017 but competed in an exhibition bout in 2018.

LAS VEGAS, NV – MAY 02: (EDITORS NOTE: Image has been converted to black and white.) Floyd Mayweather Jr. looks down before taking on Manny Pacquiao in their welterweight unification championship bout on May 2, 2015 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Even at 43, ‘Money’ hasn’t left the sport completely. He keeps himself extremely fit and maintains a physique like the days he was an active competitor. This has enabled him to take up exhibitions easily. However, these aren’t against top-tier boxers, which may cast doubts over his legacy in the eyes of boxing fans.

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Is Floyd Mayweather actually ruining his legacy?

‘Money’ hung around the sport for a while and inspired a generation of upcoming boxers. He inhibited a style which no one could break and established himself as a flamboyant star of the sport.

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)

Mayweather has sheer love for boxing, and he won’t be able to vanquish the ardent puncher inside him.

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To keep his love going and fulfill his wish to continue boxing, Mayweather takes up light exhibition bouts. Even at his current age, he wishes to set an example for another lot of upcoming boxers. Many of his fans share a congenial notion of him fighting and getting eyeballs for the sport.

But, the quality of opposition is a catalyst for a debate.

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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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