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Mayweather on His Place in History, Fighting Khan

By Ryan Maquiñana

Floyd Mayweather’s fighting days are coming closer toward the finish line, and boxing’s pound-for-pound king addressed the subject at Saturday’s press conference announcing his May 3 pay-per-view clash with Marcos Maidana.

“I got this fight and three more,” Mayweather said. “So we can say four fights, three fights. A lot of times you hear people saying, ‘I’m trying to break Rocky Marciano’s record.’ Floyd Mayweather fights for Floyd Mayweather.”

Marciano retired at a pristine 49-0, but Mayweather claims that being ranked ahead of the “Brockton Blockbuster” or other retired all-time greats like Muhammad Ali and Sugar Ray Robinson is the least of the reigning welterweight champion’s concerns.

“I don’t fight to try to break Ali’s record,” Mayweather said. “I don’t to try to fight to break Sugar Ray Robinson’s record. I fight to please myself. This is what I love to do. I know deep in my heart where I’m rated at in the sport of boxing. I didn’t fight in Ali’s era. I didn’t fight in Sugar Ray Robinson’s era.”

However, Mayweather did offer a brief comparison between himself and the aforementioned legends.

“This is Floyd Mayweather’s era, so like I said before, everybody’s always going to have their own opinion about fighters,” he said. “Back then, fighters can fight once a month or once every two weeks. But look at the type of fighters they were fighting. Athletes in today’s time are bigger, better and stronger.”

One department where yesterday’s fighters pale in comparison to Mayweather is in the bank account; he pulled in a guaranteed $41.5 million purse following his last bout against Canelo Alvarez. On Saturday, Mayweather attributed his transformation from “Pretty Boy Floyd” to “Money” to his departure from former promoter Top Rank in 2005.

“I think the best move I ever made in my whole career was leaving Top Rank,” he said. “… I was making seven figures with them, but once I left them I made eight figures, so that was the best move I ever made in my whole career was becoming my own boss and being able to dictate and do what I wanted to do with my career.”

The encounter with Maidana represents the third of six contracted bouts with Showtime Pay-Per-View. In terms of who’s next on the horizon, Mayweather was initially vague.

“As far as my three next opponents, I really don’t know who my three next opponents will be,” he said. “I really don’t, because I know that a lot of people want to know, ‘Who are you going to fight next?’”

But in contradictory fashion, the topic of conversation switched to former junior welterweight titleholder Amir Khan, whom Mayweather suggested fight Adrien Broner on the May 3 undercard in order to secure the next fight with Floyd.

“You all see what I tweeted out,” Mayweather said. “… You know who I wanted on the undercard (Khan). You want to fight me? Earn it. You want to fight me? You got to earn it. Some may not earn it. I may just pick ‘em because I want to.”

Ryan Maquiñana was the boxing producer for NBCOlympics.com during London 2012 and writes a boxing column for CSNBayArea.com.  He is a full member of the Boxing Writers Association of America and Ring Magazine's Ratings Panel. E-mail him at [email protected] , check out his blog at Norcalboxing.com or follow him on [email protected] .

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by hitking on 03-09-2014

[QUOTE=The Big Dunn;14311147]The guys that had something to lose-Odh, Shane, kosta, Manny, cotto- all waited to or refused to fight Floyd. The guys that had nothing to lose-castillo, Hatton,jmm, gatti, zab-jumped at the chance to fight Floyd.[/QUOTE] Gatti didn't exactly…

Comment by Supreme75 on 03-09-2014

[QUOTE=The Big Dunn;14311114]Dam auto correct. Thanks. You didn't answer the question but I'm sure you got the point. Shane refused to fight then begged like a *****.[/QUOTE] No I answered the question: [B]Are you Al Haymon? And it's were not…

Comment by The Big Dunn on 03-09-2014

[QUOTE=hitking;14311128]Its deeper than that. When Mosley was the top guy at 35 and Floyd was tops at 30, Shane turned down a Floyd fight. Like you mentioned. He had a toothache after he beat Vargas. But to these ass clowns,…

Comment by Uklad on 03-09-2014

Believe me Maidana won't win a Single Round! This is probably the first time I'm not giving any fighter even a puncher's chance in a fight.

Comment by hitking on 03-09-2014

[QUOTE=The Big Dunn;14311089]Were you the guy that drove Shane to the dentist when Floyd was begging him to fight or were you the guy that drove him to the arena so he could crash Floyd's post fight interview and beg…

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