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Mike Tyson Explains Why Mayweather Isn’t The G.O.A.T

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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.”

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.