There is no doubt that when you are having conversations about the all-time greatest boxers, love or hate him, Floyd Mayweather is in that discussion m. But there are also legitimate reasons why many do not care for Mayweather and/or some of his antics.
A few months ago on front of an ESPN audience, Money Mayweather declared himself greater than even the great one Muhammed Ali. To many this position would be looked at as down right blasphemous. Especially when you consider the impact and cultural influence in and out of the ring Ali had.
Not that Mayweather ever cared about popular opinion so this kind of behavior is actually par for the course.
Now there is definitely some who can speak on this subject with some keen perspective. A group of people who are more than qualified to speak on it.
Raise your hand if you thought Mike Tyson was one of those qualified?
Yup. He is.
And he did.
And he was candid.
Iron Mike did not hold back on his thoughts on Mayweather's bold declaration.
He’s very delusional. Listen, if he was anywhere near that realm of great as Muhammad Ali, he’d be able to take his kids to school by himself. OK, he can’t take his kids to school by himself, and he’s talking about he’s great? Greatness is not guarding yourself from the people. It’s being accepted by the people. He can’t take his kids alone to school by himself. He’s a little scared man. He’s a very small, scared man.
Again, I am not here to knock the legacy of Floyd Mayweather. He is an all-time great. Arguably one of the greatest to ever set foot in a boxing ring. But like Mr. Tyson said eloquently, greatness is something that you allow others such as your peers to judge. Who would've thought so many years later after all Mike Tyson has gone through. From a rape convinction in 1992 to biting the ear off of Evander Holyfield that 20 years later, he would be the one to give the most concise and mature opinion of Floyd Mayweather and his greatness? Sometimes the Lord works in mysterious ways.