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28th July 2020
By: BOXING GURU
Floyd Mayweather gives fans his top 5 fighters of all time, live on the Fat Joe Show.
No prizes for guessing who the self-proclaimed ‘best ever’ placed in first position.
Second, he gave to the man who many claim is the best defensive fighter of all time in Pernell Whitaker. Sadly Whitaker passed away aged 55. The 4 weight world champion was tragically killed after being hit by a car.
“Pernell was a small guy, like myself, and was able to move up in weight and beat big guys, naturally. He had skills and I got skills and we’re able to move up and beat guys that’s bigger,” said Mayweather.
In Whitakers own words, “Nobody got better defense then Pernell Whitaker! Let’s make that clear now. I love Floyd like a son, I love him like a child, he’s a great fighter, but there is no more Pernell Whitaker’s. There will never be another Pernell Whitaker. My style is second to none! I like to do the Matrix man, I want you to miss!”
“Roberto Duran, he went from 135 pounds all the way up to 160. Sugar Ray Leonard’s first loss was to Duran at welterweight and Roberto was a lightweight,” Floyd said.
In at 4, the only heavyweight on the list – Larry Holmes. This pick may be questioned most amongst boxing fans, however, Holmes is picked in many top 5 heavyweight lists. “If we gonna go, heavyweights, I’ve gotta go, Larry Holmes because he beat everyone in his era. When he got beat by Mike Tyson, he got beat by a young hungry champion and he came out of retirement and got beat by Tyson.” Mayweather stated. “I gotta say, Larry Holmes. He had the basic fundamentals, he had the jab. And even right now, he’s still living a great life, he made smart investments. So, he was good from the beginning to the end of his career. He came back and beat a lot of young guys too, he beat a young Ray Mercer!”
His final pick – Aaron Pryor. “The only reason Pryor lost a fight was because of drugs. He lost only 1 fight – drugs,” said Mayweather. Check out rare 1976 Golden Gloves final between the then-defending champion Aaron Pryor and the 3x winner in the Junior Olympics, Tommy Hearns.
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