Floyd Mayweather Jr. outraged many in the boxing community last month by claiming he is even better than Muhammad Ali. While the fans unanimously rejected the unbeaten champ's favorable comparison of himself with The Greatest, the debate was lacking a more authoritative voice, which has now arrived, thanks to Mike Tyson
Iron Mike was in attendance at Wednesday's press conference in Las Vegas, where Mayweather is set to fight Manny Pacquiao this weekend. At the end of the event, a UCN reporter caught up with Tyson and asked a few questions. It all went well until the reporter asked Tyson what he thinks of Pretty Boy's controversial claim. That's when the Pigeon-lover completely went off.
"He's very delusional," Tyson said of Mayweather. "Listen, if he was anywhere near that realm of greatness with Ali he'd be able to take his kids to school by himself. He can't take his kids to school by himself, and he’s talking about he's great? Greatness is not guarding yourself from the people, greatness is being accepted by the people. He can’t take his kids alone to school by himself."
He ended the conversation with a classic Iron Mike taunt, saying: "He's a little, scared man. He's a very small, scared man."
Making sense at all times isn't one of Tyson's traits, but one has to agree that he is spot on this time. Ali was called The People's Champion while Mayweather is one of the most disliked boxers of all-time, thanks to his antics in life and on social media.
Even when judged on boxing ability alone, Ali comes out on top, for he never ducked top quality opponents and fought much bigger men than himself.
The only thing working in Mayweather's favor is that he is unbeaten and Ali was not. May be Pacman could end that edge too this Saturday at the MGM Grand? Let's see.