Are there no limits to the ego that is Floyd Mayweather?
In an outlandish statement, Mayweather has called for his face to be on all of the recognised world title belts.
The belt the WBC felt it necessary to specifically create for his return to boxing when he defeated Conor McGregor last year, clearly wasn't enough to satisfy the former pound-for-pound king.
The 40-year-old is so keen to leave a legacy on the sport, he wants current fighters to start a petition to further his claims of appearing on the WBC belt.
“I got the Emerald belt, I got the Money belt. They create belts, they named a belt after me, the money belt," Mayweather told FightHype, as per Boxing News and Views.
"As a matter of fact, I’m letting the WBC know this right now, I want all the fighters to petition – I need my face on the WBC belt and I need my face on the IBF, the WBO and the WBA. "
"I need my face on all belts. S***, the God father’s face should go on the belts.”
The expression “if you can do, it ain’t bragging” comes to mind in the face of such incredibly bold claims. After all, Mayweather surpassed Rocky Marciano’s record of 49-0 when he knocked out McGregor and has held world titles in five weights from super featherweight to light welterweight.
Only hold on a moment – for the latter distinction has been eclipsed by his former nemesis, Manny Pacquiao. Though defeated by Mayweather in 2015, the Filipino holds the record for being the only boxer to win world titles at eight different weights.
Has Pacquiao called for his face on any of these belts? Swimmer Michael Phelps won 8 gold medals at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Has his face been imprinted on those medals?
Just how much do Mayweather’s proclamations stem from a desire for publicity or to a perceived slight from fight fans failing to recognise his legacy?
The brash American has built a career on playing the bad guy, the man fight fans love to hate. The braggart they would have loved to see receive a long-overdue comeuppance, only to always prevail and earn millions in the process.
Now retired – and he has vehemently denied any plans to dip his toes into martial arts despite meetings with UFC President Dana White – it may be some while before his legacy is fully recognised.
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