Legendary boxer and promoter – Floyd Mayweather Jr. has questioned the basis of an all-time welterweight ranking chart that places him behind Sugar Ray Leonard as the number one in that weight category.
Mayweather Jr, an undisputed champion [50-0] acknowledge that Sugar Ray, a member of the much talked about ‘Fabulous Four’ – Sugar Ray, Roberto Duran, Thomas Hearn, and Marvin Hagler paved the way but argues that it’s crazy to rate the five weight divisions champion ahead of him:
“It was crazy, someone sent me something about ‘The Best Welterweights,’ Mayweather told FightHype.
“They had Sugar Ray Leonard number one.
“Like I said before, he was the guy that paved the way for myself.
“But how can you have a guy ranked #1 when his first loss was to a lightweight, Roberto Duran?, Mayweather quizzed.
The two-time winner of The Ring Magazine’s Fighter of the Year award [1998 and 2007] also talked about the comparison they made with regards to his fight with Juan Marquez at catchweight [144Ibs] and why they refused to compare same about the Pacquiao vs. Marquez fight.
“And then they also talked about me facing [Juan Manuel] Marquez, which was at catchweight of 144lbs.
“But this same guy, Marquez, knocked out their number three ranked welterweight – because they had Pacquiao number three.
“He got knocked out by Juan Manuel Marquez.
“They were trying to say that basically he [Marquez] was too small for me.
“But he wasn’t too small for Pacquiao.”
The tough talking Mayweather further reiterated that they’ve got to do a thorough homework before they come out with such ratings.
“It’s crazy how all these ratings go nowadays. Of course, fighters are gonna always say, ‘I would’ve done this, I should be ranked here.
“But a lot of these so-called boxing experts, it’s just crazy how these guys are experts.
“If you’re an expert, you’ve gotta really do your homework before you speak on certain things about boxing.”
Born Ray Charles Leonard, Sugar Ray who competed from 1977 to 1997, winning world titles in five weight divisions as well as lineal championship in three weight divisions is often regarded as one of the greatest boxers of all time.