Chris’ Rant: The greatest prize fighter ever is NOT the best ever
By Christopher Young: We have a talented fighter that calls his own shots, decides who he wants to fight not who the fans want him to fight, and his claim to fame is I’m undefeated and fought many so called world champions in an era where a championship belt comes a dime a dozen, and has little value. If you are the number one fighter in your weight division or pound for pound the best then why not fight the second best out there.
To the uninformed that’s out there please do your homework and research on the great fighters of the past, who fought the who’s who in their prime. The best way I can describe Floyd Mayweather Jr is that he is an opportunistic business man. I don’t have a problem with that, but stop telling the world that you are the best ever when your actions states otherwise. He keeps regurgitating the same language, spews it out to the media and it works on the misguided.
You see Muhammad Ali was great and told the world he was great, but he fought the most dangerous out there. He went and sought out the competition. He cleaned out his division and fought in several fighters’ home country. On 6 different occasions he was in bouts that according to ring magazine were fight of the year. He faced eight hall of fame opponents defeating seven. Harry Greb defeated 13 HoF’s, Henry Armstrong and Ray Robinson defeated 10 HoF’s, Sam Langford 11 HoF’s and so on. Even Leonard, Hagler, Hearns, Duran, and Benetiz strive to be the best and wanted to prove that they were the best. What I’m getting at is don’t be fooled by repetitive rhetoric. Matter of fact Bernard Hopkins did an interview recently about the self-proclaim best ever.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=myZ5GehL2es&feature=youtu.be. I applaud him for speaking publicly on this issue. Heck, even the popular devastating puncher Mike Tyson throughout his boxing career made over 300 million, but that doesn’t make him the best heavyweight fighter in history? I don’t think he would even make the top 10. Floyd will not face a threat until he sees that a fighter has slowed down just enough that he is not a threat to his “0” then fights them so he can have their name on his resume stating he fought the best.
Should I get credit for fighting and defeating today’s version of a Roy Jones Jr. or James Toney when at their peak they would licked anybody that would even lace up a pair of gloves. Or either he would fight boxers that are one-dimensional.
Recently, Floyd added a new stipulation that he recently added for Pacquiao you have to fight on Showtime and it has to be under Mayweather Promotions. I don’t see that as a big problem but every time Pacquiao concedes to his every demand he puts up another road block. He doesn’t do that with no other fighter. When the fight was almost made, I really thought Floyd would beat him. But with all this posturing, I was wondering is there something that is concerning him that we are not seeing. Hmmmm Chop Chop Corley had him hurt, Zab Judah had him buzzed, both of them are southpaws but Floyd beats them both, I don’t know you tell me.
My conclusion is that Floyd is not scared of Pacquiao not by a long shot or any other fighter. He’s just scared of losing. If that’s the case then stop calling yourself “The Best Ever” and keep the “Money” moniker. It suits you better.