One of the greatest of his generation, Floyd Mayweather Jr. feels he is the best boxer of all time.
He will take the chance to prove his superiority over other boxers of his generation when he faces Manny Pacquiao in the ring on May 2.
Legendary boxer Muhammad Ali is regarded as the best, though some connoisseurs of the game feel Sugar Ray Robinson had more finesse.
Mayweather told ESPN host Stephen A Smith, “No one can ever brainwash me to make me believe that Sugar Ray Robinson and Muhammad Ali was better than me. No one could ever brainwash me and tell me that.”
He added, “But I take my hat-off in respect for those guys, as they were inspirational to me, paved the way for me to reach where I am now.”
The undefeated champion also pointed out he was “not impressed” with some of his victories among his sensational 47-0 record.
As Smith questioned him further, Mayweather argued why he considers himself as the greatest of all time ahead of Ali.
“He only ever fought in one weight class,” clarified Mayweather, who has won titles in five divisions.
“Leon Spinks beat him when he had seven fights. They’d never put a fighter in there with Floyd Mayweather with seven fights.”
Neither does he feel Ali’s rope-a-dope strategy was a brilliant ploy to remembered.
“So you gonna tell me that it’s cool to lay on the ropes and take punishment and let a man tire himself out from beating you and then he basically fatigued? You hit him with a few punches and he go down and quit, and you want to be glorified for that? Absolutely not, not me.”
Mayweather also admitted, “I don’t wanna just win, want to do it with such class, such grace and such beauty.”
The current champion sounded confident about knocking out Pacquiao, “There are five ways to beat him. There is no way to beat me. Choose the weight class, put him in front of me, I am going to beat him.”