Muhammad Ali is always considered "The Greatest". But why?
When you think of boxing, the first name that instantly comes into your head is Ali, his trash talk attitude certainly earned him the reputation in the industry. His record stands at 56-5 but he should of definitely should have stayed out of retirement and not fight Larry Holmes or Trevor Berbick when he was 39-years-old.
When Ali was at the height of his career he went an incredible total of 31 matches unbeaten before eventually losing to Joe Fraiser. Floyd Mayweather recently stated he was "better than Ali" but it is impossible to compare time periods because, while Ali was at the peak of his career in 1967, with the United States at war in Vietnam, Ali refused conscription into the armed forces, saying “I ain't got no quarrel with those Vietcong.”
He was then convicted of draft evasion, sentenced to five years in prison (he never served those five years because it went to appeal), fined $10,000 and banned from boxing for three years. When Ali returned he went on to win three in a row, losing to Joe Fraiser in 1971.
One of Ali's best traits was his Rope-a-dope technique in which he would evade his opponent until they got tired so it would be easier to knock them out. Mayweather often uses this technique so without Ali, Mayweather would never be as good.
When Ali faced doubt and adversity from the public he would make it his aim and goal to prove them wrong. When Ali faced George Foreman in the "Rumble in the Jungle" he came out with the quote "I murdered a rock, injured a stone, hospitalized a brick. I’m so mean, I make medicine sick. I’m so fast, man, I can run through a hurricane and don't get wet. When George Foreman meets me, He’ll pay his debt.
This type of trash talk used to put off his opponents and even in the ring he used to shout things and talk to his opposition constantly. It's clear to see his impact on Mayweather to this day - and for 'Money' to claim otherwise, or insist he is better, is disrespectful.