“I Didn’t Want to Be Like Muhammad Ali”- Floyd Mayweather on His Boxing Career

Published 03/28/2022, 1:53 PM EDT
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)

Floyd Mayweather has never backed away from claiming himself the best boxer of all time. Well, he has enough reasons to believe so. In a professional career of over two decades, Mayweather has remained undefeated, boasting world titles in five weight categories.

Furthermore, Floyd Mayweather has fought the best boxers of his era, amassing an unmatched 50-0 record. All these factors charmed his pockets exceptionally, making Mayweather the richest boxer of all time.

That said, Mayweather always wanted to script his own story and didn’t idolize legends like Muhammad Ali or anyone else. In a chat with The Pivot Podcast, ‘Money’ reflected on his career and detailed how his ex-promoter couldn’t fulfill his criteria, which urged Mayweather to hone his own path. While he wanted to be outspoken, he didn’t want to be like Ali.

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Mayweather said, “He [The promoter] wanted me to be a little different from all the other athletes. I wanted to be outspoken and I didn’t want to be like Muhammad Ali. But I take my hat off to guys like Muhammad Ali, who paved the way for me. I wanted to be Floyd Mayweather. That’s what I really wanted to be. I wanted to be flashy.”

This isn’t the first time Floyd Mayweather has compared himself with Muhammad Ali. In the past, Mayweather had billed himself greater than ‘The Greatest’. It urged Mike Tyson to ridicule ‘Money and tag him ‘delusional’.

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Mayweather has had several critics throughout his career. But that hasn’t stopped him from touting his richness and success. While he continues to spin money in post-retired life, there’s no denying that Mayweather has done things pretty differently from all his contemporaries.

Floyd Mayweather is in a league of his own

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After retiring from the sport in 2017, Mayweather has appeared in exhibition bouts. He has seemingly imposed a new wave in the community, and a ticket to bag millions from his fight. Floyd Mayweather has fought Tenshin Nasukawa and Logan Paul since retiring as a pro.

LAS VEGAS, NV – SEPTEMBER 13: Boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. poses on the scale during the official weigh-in for his bout against Canelo Alvarez at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on September 13, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The fighters will meet in a WBC/WBA 154-pound title fight on September 14 in Las Vegas. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Aged 45, he can return to the ring against YouTuber Money Kicks. Therefore, Mayweather is still a part of the boxing family. As his pro record will remain flawless forever, Mayweather has still found ways to remain relevant in the sport.

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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. Combining his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports, he has earned a combined 3000 plus bylines over the last two years.

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