Teofimo Lopez on Floyd Mayweather Not Acknowledging His Name: ‘My Idol Turned Into My Rival’

Published 02/09/2021, 6:51 AM EST
LAS VEGAS, NV – MAY 03: Floyd Mayweather Jr. looks on while taking on Marcos Maidana in their WBC/WBA welterweight unification fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 3, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)


Teofimo Lopez has made a strong claim about legendary boxer Floyd Mayweather. The undefeated champion spoke about how Mayweather is ruining his legacy.

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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – OCTOBER 17: Teofimo Lopez Jr celebrates after defeating Vasiliy Lomachenko (not pictured) in their Lightweight World Title bout at MGM Grand Las Vegas Conference Center on October 17, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Mikey Williams/Top Rank via Getty Images)

Lopez has been in the headlines for weeks now. The undefeated champion has given his honest take on his potential opponents and battled Devin Haney verbally. However, he has now given an interesting view on his former idol.

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Speaking to the AK & Barak Show on DAZN, Lopez explained how his idol, Mayweather, turned into his rival. “My idol turned into my rival but, I love him, you know what I mean,” said Lopez. He then explained why by saying, “‘cause he can’t even acknowledge my name. It’s all good, it’s all love, you know.”

Mayweather previously refrained from giving Lopez the credit for his titles. Given that the former multi-weight world champion shares a close relationship with both of Lopez’s rival, it was no surprise. However, it changed the way ‘The Takeover’ saw him.

Mayweather promotes Gervonta Davis, while he previously has trained Haney for his fights. Therefore, he was bound to pick them as the top dogs in the division. However, Lopez is clearly willing to prove him wrong.

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Teofimo Lopez says Floyd Mayweather is ruining his legacy

The undefeated champion also accused the legendary boxer of ruining his reputation. Before he revealed Mayweather as a rival, he criticized the former champion for his recent actions and decision.

Lopez said, “Floyd man, you’re ruining your legacy, my bro. It’s a damn shame to see it all like that. I love Floyd, I looked up to him.” This is considering Mayweather calling out Jake Paul and 50 Cent. A move that has not gone down well with the boxing community.

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK – APRIL 20: Teofimo Lopez celebrates his fifth rounf knockout of Edis Tatli during their lightweight fight at Madison Square Garden on April 20, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

These comments showed ‘The Takeover’ is not a fan of the concept of exhibition fights. He has already ridiculed the idea of YouTubers fighting Mayweather. And now, like most fight fans, Lopez feels Mayweather is affecting his legacy by entertaining these call-outs.

What do you make of these comments from Teofimo Lopez? Do you think Floyd Mayweather has ruined his legacy with his recent actions?

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Leonardo Carvalho

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Leonardo Carvalho is a Boxing Writer for EssentiallySports. Before working as a boxing web journalist, Leonardo dabbled in roles ranging from an SEO specialist to a Chegg expert. Alongside his current role, Leonardo runs a YouTube channel where he combines his passion for fitness with sports.

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