Floyd Mayweather believes he is at least in the “greatest of all-time” conversation for boxing, but the legendary Mike Tyson begs to differ.
According to Mike Tyson, there are greater fighters with better records than Mayweather despite his inspiring undefeated track record. He believes Sugar Ray Robinson and Julio Cesar Chavez are greater boxers. Tyson himself has 50 wins in 58 fights and states, “Floyd’s a great fighter, don’t get me wrong, but he had 50 fights. Listen, Sugar Ray Robinson had 47 fights, he lost one, and he had a 78-fight winning streak. With, like, 60 knockouts.”
He added, “Don’t tell me about you’re the greatest fighter with 50-0. He’s a great fighter, no doubt about it, But 50-0? Chavez had 90 (fights unbeaten). He was fighting like eight times a year against whoever fought him, against whoever was in the rankings.”
Mike Tyson tells zero lies here….. pic.twitter.com/KXiBT9vaOl
— Kid Santi (@antjustwinbaby) March 9, 2021
No, its because Floyd cherry picked his fights and spread them out.
Floyd is like current NBA players who take scheduled rest breaks and dont play a full season. They will never hold a candle to the older generation who went all day, every day.
— RainierShadowDweller (@TheHuskyHauler) March 10, 2021
-two-time winner of The Ring magazine's Fighter of the Year award (1998 and 2007)
-three-time winner of the Boxing Writers Association of America Fighter of the Year award (2007, 2013, and 2015)
-six-time winner of the Best Fighter ESPY Award (2007–2010, 2012–2014)
— fly guy (@jayjaydoubldo7) March 10, 2021
Idk to me that sounds like he is the Tim Duncan or Kareem of boxing. Neither one was the greatest of all time but still great
— The GaZelle (@Mr_nava_) March 10, 2021
In the past, Mayweather also proclaimed to be superior to the man many say is “The Greatest” in Muhammad Ali. Tyson took that claim personally and questioned Mayweather’s merit. Check out the interview below.
“Listen, Sugar Ray Robinson had 47 fights, he lost one, and he had a 78-fight winning streak. With, like, 60 knockouts.”
“Don’t tell me about you’re the greatest fighter with 50-0. He’s a great fighter no doubt about it, but 50-0? Chavez had 90 [fights unbeaten], he was fighting like eight times a year against whoever fought him, against whoever was in the rankings.”
Chavez officially did get to 90 fights unbeaten (although his 88th fight was a draw with Pernell Whitaker most felt he deserved to lose). Ray Robinson actually got to 40-0 before he lost his first fight, then went an incredible 91 fights undefeated before he’d lose again.