Is Floyd Mayweather the Most Hated Boxer in the World?

Published 02/16/2021, 9:17 AM EST
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)


Undefeated five-division world champion, Floyd Mayweather, is arguably the best boxer of all time. Not just that, but he is also one of the richest athletes ever in the sport. That turns him into a global superstar whose stardom goes beyond the limits of the squared circle.

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However, Mayweather often garners hatred from some fans and other pugilists. It might be common for the fighters to face such a reaction, but Mayweather could be the most hated boxer ever.

Being a brash superstar, he always had a bunch of cuss words to throw in interviews. Mayweather’s trash talking skills are also unparalleled. However, he always backed up his words with in-ring action, and none amongst the 50 pro fighters he fought could have a crack at him.

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But that didn’t decrease the amount of hatred he receives.

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Floyd Mayweather and all the hatred he gets

Mayweather touts himself as the greatest fighter of all time and considers himself superior to Muhammad Ali, Rocky Marciano, Julio Chavez or any other elite. There’s no denying that Mayweather is an elite and one of the best.

But claiming himself as the best might be the fuel behind all the criticism he receives. Mike Tyson has ridiculed Mayweather several times for proclaiming himself as the greatest in an interview.

Tyson even labelled him “delusional,” and many fans believed the same.

LAS VEGAS, NV – AUGUST 26: Referee Robert Byrd stops the fight in round 10 with a TKO of Conor McGregor by Floyd Mayweather Jr. in their super welterweight boxing match on August 26, 2017 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Mayweather’s financial success might be another reason behind people’s hatred. Despite retiring, he continues to rake in significant amounts.

He will return to the ring in an exhibition fight against Logan Paul soon. The matchup might be bizarre but it will clearly bring huge numbers for Mayweather. That said, he has beaten several world champions in his career and might opt for easy money now.

Unfortunately, he received more hate for the move, and Mayweather seems to have decoded the reason. Following his rival Conor McGregor’s defeat at UFC 257, Floyd Mayweather took to Instagram and opened up on facing criticism. He dived deep into several aspects and wrote a lengthy caption to explain himself.

Amidst everything, Mayweather also has some loyal fans on his back, and he is still a cash cow for the sport. Welterweight boxer Adrien Broner also asked him to lock horns with him in an exhibition clash.

Following it, several more stars including rapper 50 Cent has desired the same. So, Mayweather remains the big name of the sport, even though people put a lot of hate in his name.

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Do you think Floyd Mayweather needs more credit for his in-ring achievements?

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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. He combined his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports and has a combined 2000 plus bylines in MMA and boxing over the last two years.

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