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Mayweather Not Yet Convinced That Joshua Can Carry The Sport

By George Mills, courtesy of The Daily Star

FLOYD Mayweather is not a man shy of causing controversy – and the undefeated star irked boxing fans once again after refusing to comment on Anthony Joshua’s recent successes in the ring.

The 40-year-old is currently in the UK promoting super-featherweight protégée Gervonta Davis as he prepares to defend his IBF title against 31-year-old Brit Liam Walsh.

And during a brief media scrum after an open workout at London’s iconic York Hall – often referred to as the home of British boxing – Mayweather was quizzed on heavyweight king Anthony Joshua’s rise to global superstardom with victory over Wladimir Klitschko last month.

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“There’s a lot of good fighters out there,” Mayweather said, when asked if Joshua could carry the sport in the same way he had during the prime of his career.

"A lot of young, tough competitors out there. A lot of fighters giving the sport of boxing blood, sweat and tears. They’re working hard every day. You’ve got Gervonta Davis, you’ve got Badou Jack – and you have numerous other fighters that aren’t even under the Mayweather banner – working hard and giving the sport blood, sweat and tears.”

But the retired pound-for-pound king left fans furious with his refusal to acknowledge 19-0 IBF, WBA and IBO champion Joshua.

“He goes off on a tangent and talks about Gervonta Davis and Badou Jack and puts them in the same bracket as Joshua,” wrote one fan.

“AJ is in a different stratosphere to these guys. Mayweather can never give a guy top dog status.”

Another added: “There's something seriously wrong with this guy. You're the highest paid sportsman in history, undefeated record.

“Arguably one of the greatest boxers in history, yet he struggles to give credit to anyone else. The jealousy with this guy is off the scale.”

It comes after Conor McGregor announced he had signed a contract to fight Mayweather later this year.

All eyes will now be on “Pretty Boy” Floyd as fans await confirmation of the eagerly-anticipated showdown.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by j.razor on 05-22-2017

[QUOTE=Fabes88;17693674]You're just giving me more reasons why AJ is bigger than tank and jack and if they were on his level they'd have the same thing. All those things just make him a bigger draw. Floyd was an Olympic gold…

Comment by Fabes88 on 05-22-2017

[QUOTE=j.razor;17693321]And your one of the people that lie....Listen there is 3 reasons why A.J. net worth is higher (2mil vs 10mil, seems pretty good since he aint famous yet...) 1. endorsement 2. media (they only cover who they want unless…

Comment by j.razor on 05-22-2017

[QUOTE=Fabes88;17692488]I'm not in denial. Being from London I know exactly the reason why it sold out so quickly. Like I said all of ajs fights have been quick sell outs so there's no doubt in my mind he's the reason…

Comment by Fabes88 on 05-22-2017

[QUOTE=j.razor;17692376]Your in denial, of course they came for klitschko. I don't even like klitschko but I'm not gonna deny he was the draw. David Hayes and Sam peters both wack. They ain't even beat anyone and don't bring up James…

Comment by j.razor on 05-22-2017

[QUOTE=Fabes88;17690399]You think the people of London came to see klitchko? Get the **** out of here. If more people came to see klitchko the fight would've just happened in Germany. Were the 1.5 million ppvs due to klitchko also? Until…

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