FORMER WBA lightweight champion and 2015 Hall of Fame inductee Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini has slammed Floyd Mayweather over his claims to be ‘The Best Ever’. The popular Mancini – who retired in 1992 – boxed in an era alongside Sugar Ray Leonard, Thomas Hearns and Roberto Duran, and believes Mayweather would have lost to each of them.
“Floyd is a special fighter but all that ‘TBE’ stuff? He’s delusional,” Mancini told Boxing News. “Sugar Ray Leonard? Roberto Duran? Tommy Hearns? He wouldn’t beat any of those guys and it’s disrespectful to them. First of all fighters should just be humble, and if they’re mentioned with the best guys of all-time, they should be honoured. You don’t turn round and say you’re ‘The Best Ever’.”
But Mancini, who fought the likes of Alexis Arguello, Jose Luis Ramirez, Bobby Chacon, and Hector Camacho, does believe that Mayweather has something that Leonard did not.