Floyd Mayweather Jr. is an American professional boxing promoter and former professional boxer.
He competed between 1996 and 2015, and made a one-fight comeback in 2017.During his career, he won fifteen major world titles, including The Ring in five weight classes, the lineal championship in four weight classes (twice at welterweight), and retired with an undefeated record.
However, Floyd Mayweather‘s pick for the top five professional boxers of all time has left fans and enthusiasts rather surprised, with household names like Muhammad Ali and Mike Tyson both missing out.
Featuring on Fat Joe’s Instagram Live, Mayweather, who won fifteen major world titles, was asked to draw a list of four boxers he finds worthy to sit alongside himself in the top five.
He said, “We got to go Pernell Whitaker. I’mma go Roberto Duran, man you put me in a tight predicament.
“As far as with the heavyweights, if we’re going to go heavyweights, I’m going to be honest, I’ve got to go Larry Holmes.
“Larry Holmes beat everybody in his era. When Larry Holmes got beat by Mike Tyson, he got beat by a young, hungry champion and he came out of a year’s retirement and got beat by Tyson.
“I’ve got to say Larry Holmes, he had the basic fundamentals, he had the jab and even right now he’s still living a great life because he made smart investments.
“So he was good from the beginning of his career to the end of his career.”
Concluding with his final selection, Mayweather added: “Aaron Pryor, the only reason why Aaron Pryor lost a fight was because of drugs. He lost only one fight because of drugs.”
As an amateur, Floyd Mayweather won a bronze medal in the featherweight division at the 1996 Olympics, three U.S. Golden Gloves championships (at light flyweight, flyweight, and featherweight), and the U.S. national championship at featherweight.