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.
“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.