Former two-time world heavyweight champion Mike Tyson blasted Floyd Mayweather Jr. in response to Mayweather’s comments that the undefeated pound-for-pound American superstar is better than boxing legend Muhammad Ali.
Ahead of Mayweather’s super-fight against Manny Pacquiao on Saturday, Tyson was asked to comment about Mayweather’s claim. Tyson didn’t pull any punches.
“He’s very delusional,” Tyson said. “Listen, if he was anywhere near the realm of greatness with Ali, he’d be able to take his kids to school by himself. He can’t take his kids to school by himself, and he’s talking about being great? Greatness is not guarding yourself from the people, greatness is being accepted by the people. He can’t take his kids alone to school by himself.”
Then, Tyson laid down the hammer.
“He’s a little, scared man. He’s a very small, scared man.”
You can’t really make an argument that Floyd Mayweather Jr. is a better fighter than Muhammad Ali. Mayweather, 38, pointed out that Leon Spinks defeated Muhammad Ali in just his eighth professional bout. What Mayweather didn’t point out was that Ali was on his way out at this point in his career. This was 1978, not 1968. The Spinks fight took place seven years after Ali’s first war with Joe Frazier and as we all know, that wasn’t the only war Ali was involved in.
Floyd Mayweather Jr. isn’t that type of fighter, he never has, and he never will. Mayweather is a tremendous boxer, but he hasn’t been in any type of fight that produced the incendiary action that an Ali fight or a Tyson fight has produced. Yes, Ali was considered old when he was Mayweather’s age. Again, look at the type of fights Ali was in during his prime compared to Mayweather’s. There is no comparison.
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