Laila Ali: “I see a little boy and a broken person when I look at Floyd Mayweather Jr.”Written by Joseph Herron
In recent weeks leading up to his historic showdown with eight division world champion Manny Pacquiao, the recognized pound for pound king of boxing, Floyd Mayweather Jr., has been very vocal about his self proclaimed status of boxing’s best ever.
“No one can ever brainwash me to make me believe that ‘Sugar’ Ray Robinson and Muhammad Ali was better than me,” stated Floyd Mayweather to ESPN. “No one could ever brainwash me and tell me that.”
During a recent interview with CBS Sports, former ladies world champion and daughter of the all-time great Heavyweight fighter, Laila Ali, felt compelled to come to the defense to her iconic father.
“Mayweather has recently stated that he’s better than Muhammad Ali,” observes the former Women’s World Champion. “It’s okay…I believe as a fighter and a world champion, someone at his level should feel that way about himself. But that doesn’t make it true.”
“The first thing I think about is the man my father is outside of the ring. So I don’t see Floyd being better than Muhammad Ali.”
To be recognized as an all-time great prizefighter, as well a premier ambassador of the sport, the 37 year old former champ claims that great character is paramount…something Ali believes is missing from Floyd’s otherwise impressive resume.
“I know Floyd and I know his family,” states Laila Ali. “Roger and Floyd Sr. both used to train me, and I’ve been in the gym with him."
"And there have been times where I’ve wanted to reach out to him and have a conversation with him, because I see a little boy even though he’s a grown man…and I see a broken person.”
Laila Ali believes the “Money Man” of boxing needs a healthy dose of reality in his life.
“I know when you have money and power, you have a lot of ‘Yes People’ around you, and sometimes you don’t have that person to pull you aside and give it too you straight. So every once in a while, I think I really need to reach out to Floyd and have a conversation with him.”
“Because I don’t hate him. I dislike the way he acts and I dislike the way that he treats people. And I’m definitely not down with him beating up women, because that’s very cowardly. But the first thing I think about is that he needs somebody to reach out to him and kind of guide him.”
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