Muhammad Ali took to Twitter to make the perfect response to Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s comments that he is better than the iconic boxer.
Whoever is in control of Ali’s Twitter account simply responded as follows.
— Muhammad Ali (@MuhammadAli) April 27, 2015
And Ali was immediately backed up by his legion of followers who showered him with praise and insisted that Mayweather can’t hold a candle to their idol.
Ali’s Tweet was also directed towards George Foreman, too. Foreman, who Ali iconically defeated in the Rumble In The Jungle bout all the way back in 1974, had previously agreed with Mayweather after he revealed that he was a better fighter than Ali.
However, it should also be noted that it appears as though this tweet came from the mind of the individual who runs Ali’s Twitter account rather than the big man himself. How do we know this? Because anything that comes from the mind of Ali is accompanied with the hashtag: #AliTweet, and unfortunately, this tweet didn’t.
The entire incident started last week when, ahead of his hugely anticipated fight with Manny Pacquiao on Saturday at Las Vegas’ MGM Grand, Mayweather revealed to Stephen A. Smith that he believes he is better than both Sugar Ray Robinson and Muhammad Ali.
“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.”
You can watch Mayweather’s full 12 minute interview on ESPN’s First Take opposite Smith below.
After being quizzed by TMZ on Mayweather’s comments, George Foreman revealed that, in his opinion, the 38-year-old is better than both him and Ali. “Pounds for pounds, Floyd is better than me and Muhammad Ali ever were,” Big George commented.
Meanwhile, Bob Arum, Manny Pacquiao’s promoter, dismissed Mayweather’s comparisons to the legendary fighters. “Floyd Mayweather is an excellent, excellent fighter, a great technician, but to compare him to Muhammad Ali, Sugar Ray Robinson, or to Ray Leonard is a joke,” Arum remarked, according to Sky Sports.
Floyd Mayweather Jr. is currently undefeated after 47 bouts, while Ali’s record was 56 wins from 61 fights. However, the likes of Sugar Ray Robinson, Henry Armstrong, Harry Greb, and Roberto Duran are also usually touted when the discussion over who the best boxer ever is held. At this point, we’re probably never going to have a definitive answer, but Floyd Mayweather Jr. will go a long way to enhancing his already legendary reputation with a win on Saturday.
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