WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather admits that he wants to become the greatest boxer of all time.
The 37-year-old, who is widely regarded as one of the best fighters of his generation and the current pound-for-pound king, conducted an interview with the Independent, in which he revealed that he not only wants to be remembered as the greatest of all time - but also the smartest.
When asked whether he wanted to become the greatest boxer ever, the undefeated champ responded: “I do.”
He added: “And I believe I will be. [Marcos] Maidana says he will beat me. He may actually believe that. But so did 45 other fighters. I think I am already one of the greatest of all time but it’s not what drives me on the most.”
“You asked me if I wanted to be remembered as the greatest boxer of all time and I said ‘yes’. A few years ago that would have been it.
“But now? Well, now it’s more about the legacy. Yes, I want to be the greatest. But I want to be the smartest even more.”
Mayweather takes on Maidana at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on May 3, and is expected to record the 46th victory of his professional career without too much trouble.
He is then expected to fight British boxer Amir Khan, who fights on the Mayweather-Maidana undercard next month, before a potential super fight with Manny Pacquiao to mark the end of a remarkable career.
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