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Was Floyd Mayweather Jr. Greater than Ali, as He Claims?

by on Feb.16, 2017, under Boxing News

By “Ice” John Scully

Photo of Ali courtesy of John Weeks*

Photo of Floyd Mayweather, Jr. by Juan C. Ayllon

 

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Floyd Mayweather says he is GREATER THAN MUHAMMAD ALI.

UNDERSTAND: “Greatness” is determined many different ways…has -or could- Floyd ever beat 7-1 odds TWICE??? Some would say that you’re NOT great if u don’t come back from the brink while other say you’re not as great IF YOU HAVE TO.

I’ll say this. Two of the GREATEST EVER (all time, no questions asked) victories in history belong to Ali… does Floyd have any victories that u could say are actually among the GREATEST VICTORIES EVER?

I say NO.

Floyd is a great boxer, DEFINITELY…a superb technician….ATG… but has he ever chased a VICIOUS IN HIS PRIME KILLER for a fight? (I mean, it took them SEVEN YEARS to make the Pacman fight!!) One who people REALLY thought was a SUPER HUGE threat?

 

Floyd Mayweather Jr. says at a presser before his second bout against Maidana that people criticized him for not fighting against greats like them, but the era he fought was out of his control, adding, “Why should I be criticized for dominating my era?” (photo and text by Juan C. Ayllon)

Floyd Mayweather Jr. says at a presser before his second bout against Maidana that people criticized him for not fighting against greats like them, but the era he fought was out of his control, adding, “Why should I be criticized for dominating my era?” (photo and text by Juan C. Ayllon)

Or has he strategically waited until they had seen better days?

Other than Corrales (who was the ultimate warrior but was not a super technician or speedster) he has never, to me, beaten anyone that I didn’t already think he would beforehand (I knew for SURE he was gonna’ beat Pacman and I said so many times before the fight).

Floyd has always shown ONE glaring aspect of his greatness, his beautiful boxing skills…. But Ali showed many facets to his, defeating top fighters in a variety of ways. Not that I blame him at all, mind you, but Floyd has essentially beaten everyone IN ONE MANNER (that’s EXACTLY why I knew he would defeat Pacman)

Also, here’s the thing, there’s no indication that Floyd ever lost his legs. His physical condition and his ability to maintain it for years on end is up there with Marvin Hagler and Bernard Hopkins. Ali losing his legs is a PHYSICAL thing and certainly not any indication of a lack of anything in terms of greatness.

However, it is a HUGE indication of Ali’s greatness that he was able to stay in with humongous punchers like Foreman and Shavers and WIN all while his legs were essentially gone…so you have to ask yourself, is Floyd greater because he was able to physically maintain himself in order to box expertly in the manner that he did…or is ALI greater because even with diminishing skills, movement, reflexes (don’t forget, looking back, its VERY obvious that this man was fighting with Parkinsons already settling into his body at least as far back as 1974) he was still able to compensate and win??

This is a man who chose the absolute worst strategy humanly possibly against the most devastating heavyweight ever to live up to that point in 1974 and he not only beat him at his own game, schooled him and stopped him even, but he stayed right in front of him, willingly took the shots, proved his toughness and heart….and WON while doing it!!!

Listen, don’t get me wrong. Floyd is a proven great BOXER but, again, look at Ali in round 11 against Frazier in the first fight in 1971. Legs like JELLY, dead tired, EXHAUSTED, taking TITANIC shots flush on the head (they STOP that fight today in this era in the 11th, of that there is NO doubt) and not only does he fight his way though the violent storm but continues on to finish the full 15 rounds, landing solid shots right up until the end.

In any event, when it comes right down to it, Cassius Clay/Ali up to 1967 was every bit the boxer Floyd was (and more if you include all the intangibles he had that Floyd never did -or never had to- exhibit) , especially for such a big man…but from 1971 until the very last moment?

Floyd Mayweather Jr. is a great boxer, a great talent right up there with the best of the likes of Sweet Pea Whitaker, and Wilfred Benitez.

But, is he the BETTER FIGHTER?

Come on, Floyd Mayweather Jr. proof-in-the-pudding-wise.  It’s NOT EVEN CLOSE!!

Photo Source

* Weeks, John.  ”Muhammad Ali — 25 of the best photographs of the legedary boxer”.  The Guardian.com. 4 June 2016.  The Guardian. Web. 16 February 2017.

 

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