‘It’s just crazy how these guys are experts’: Floyd Mayweather lashes out after being ranked behind Sugar Ray Leonard in list of best welterweights
- Floyd Mayweather’s friend sent him a list of all-time great welterweights
- Retired American took issue with being ranked behind Sugar Ray Leonard
- He said: ‘How can you have a guy No 1 when his first loss was to a lightweight’
Floyd Mayweather has lashed out after finding himself ranked behind Sugar Ray Leonard in a list of all-time great welterweights.
The American retired undefeated at 50-0 and took umbrage after he was overlooked for top spot in the rankings passed onto him by a friend.
‘It was crazy, someone sent me something about ‘The Best Welterweights’,’ he told FightHype.
Floyd Mayweather took issue with being ranked behind Sugar Ray Leonard in the list
‘They had Sugar Ray Leonard No 1. Like I said before, he was the guy that paved the way for myself.
‘But how can you have a guy ranked No 1 when his first loss was to a lightweight, Roberto Duran?
‘And then they also talked about me facing [Juan Manuel] Marquez, which was at catchweight of 144lbs.
‘But this same guy, Marquez, knocked out their No 3 ranked welterweight – because they had Pacquiao No 3. He got knocked out by Juan Manuel Marquez.’
Leonard is pictured here against Marvin Hagler (left) during what would be a decision win
‘They were trying to say that basically he [Marquez] was too small for me. But he wasn’t too small for Pacquiao.’
Mayweather, who hung up his gloves after beating Conor McGregor back in 2017 in the most lucrative boxing match of all time, continued his tirade, although he did not specify where the list came from.
He added: ‘It’s crazy how all these ratings go nowadays. Of course, fighters are always gonna say, ‘I would’ve done this, I should be ranked here.’
‘But a lot of these so-called boxing experts, it’s just crazy how these guys are experts.
‘If you’re an expert, you’ve gotta really do your homework before you speak on certain things about boxing.’
The 43-year-old Mayweather retired undefeated with 50 wins on his professional record