Ranking boxers is quite a difficult task, but it’s a list that is purely down to opinion.
Some rankings hold more weight than others, but in the end, it’s still a matter of opinion.
Whenever someone names a top four in a certain sport, it’s normally dubbed their Mount Rushmore, of course, down to the famous American memorial which sees four of the United States of America’s former presidents Theodore Roosevelt, Abraham Lincoln, George Washington and Thomas Jefferson carved out onto a mountain located in the region of South Dakota.
Discussing it back in October of 2020, Hearn said, as per Boxing News 24/7: “Legends evolve over time. When you look at the weight divisions Manny Pacquiao has won world championships in, you have to say Pacquiao should be on a list like that.
“But for me, I don’t look at Floyd Mayweather as a historic boxer. One day we’ll look back on Mayweather as a great, but he’s got to be careful. To retire with dignity is a wonderful thing. To retire undefeated is amazing, but to do it with dignity and class is special. But he loves a pound note.”
Hearn clearly isn’t wrong, hence the nickname “Money” Mayweather, as well as the self proclaimed “TBE.”
However, not ranking Mayweather up there with the elites is a brave call from Hearn, but again, it is a game of opinions.