“This Guy Is the Biggest Fake in Boxing”: Fans Brand Floyd Mayweather “Delusional” in Retaliation to His Past Controversial Remarks About Boxing Legend Sugar Ray Leonard

Published 09/11/2023, 9:15 AM EDT

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Boxing isn’t just about punches; it’s about words too. Sometimes, the most memorable jabs come outside the ring. Floyd Mayweather, often lauded for his unbeaten record, has a penchant for speaking his mind. When a 2017 comment he made on boxing legend Sugar Ray Leonard’s Instagram resurfaced, it rekindled an old flame of debate.

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Boxing Habit decided to stir the pot, shining a spotlight on Mayweather’s audacious remark. Just how audacious, you ask? Imagine calling out an icon. Imagine challenging history itself. Mayweather’s confidence, or perhaps audacity, led him to tread where many would hesitate.

Yet, Leonard isn’t just any boxer. He’s a maestro, a legend, with bouts that have become stories of lore. Would Mayweather’s words stand against Leonard’s legacy? Or was this just another round of shadowboxing, aimed at keeping the “Money” brand in the limelight?

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Floyd Mayweather vs. Sugar Ray Leonard: Legacy showdown

Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather, a boxing maestro, boasts an unparalleled record. Undefeated in 50 bouts, he’s danced with some of the sport’s greatest, from Manny Pacquiao to Canelo Alvarez. Often heralded for his defensive prowess, Mayweather’s style is a masterclass in strategy, every move calculated to secure victory.

On the other hand, Sugar Ray Leonard, an emblem of the sport’s golden era, showcases a resume replete with epic showdowns. Leonard’s clashes against titans like Duran, Hearns, and Hagler are the stuff of legends, painting a tapestry of heart, resilience, and raw power.

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With such illustrious careers, Mayweather’s comment on Leonard’s Instagram was bound to stir reactions. And indeed, the boxing community had much to say. One fan weighed in, stating, “Having 0 loss record doesn’t make you the Greatest or Best Boxer period… I actually fall asleep when he fights, kinda Boring.” Their sentiment touches on a prevailing debate: Does an unbeaten record truly denote greatness, especially when some find Mayweather’s approach less electrifying?

Another fan chimed in with a nostalgia-laden perspective, noting, “Can’t make up my mind if this guy is the biggest fake in boxing or is it fury. Leonard was fighting in the best ever era of middleweights fighting Duran, Hearns, and Hagler. Every one of them smashes Floyd. Ffs fella, give it a rest.”

Furthermore, one fan remarked, “You also lost to a lightweight world champion named Jose Luis Castillo, Mr. TBE runner of all time.” While another fan echoed, “This guy is delusional! He’s good but he’s far from being great. He actually lost to Castillo if we’re being honest here. He was gifted that fight.” Their comments shed light on one of Mayweather’s most contentious victories, suggesting a blemish on his otherwise pristine record.

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Another keen observer drew a stark comparison between the two boxers’ fighting styles. He commented, “Sugar Ray fights fair! He didn’t run.” A direct critique of Mayweather’s defensive, sometimes evasive, style against Leonard’s more direct approach.

Mayweather and Leonard, both icons in their own right, represent distinct eras, styles, and approaches to the sport. Their contributions, undeniable. Yet, as the recent uproar illustrates, boxing’s allure isn’t confined to the ring. What’s undeniable, however, is that both Mayweather and Leonard have left indelible marks on the sport.

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So, as we wrap up this tale of two champions and a comment that echoed loudly, we turn the conversation over to you: Who, in your eyes, truly embodies the essence of boxing’s greatness?

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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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