Current WBC welterweight and WBA ‘super’ light-middleweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. has revealed his continued dissolution with the sport and says fighters have it much easier these days than when he was an up and comer himself.
The 36 year-old, who is finalising his preparations to face WBC and WBA ‘regular’ 154lb title holder Saul Alvarez on September 14, believes that the many organisations that sanction at the higher end are holding boxing back and there needs to be one champion for each weight class going forward.
“It’s a lot easier now to fight (as) boxing is tainted, it’s watered down,” bemoaned Mayweather. “I feel like there are too many belts, it’s too many champions. It’s like I said before, it’s so crazy how I beat Miguel Cotto for the WBA junior-middleweight title, right? So how did Austin Trout beat Cotto for the WBA championship and how is Canelo the WBA champ?
“Like I said before, these are things I just don’t understand what’s going on with the sport. I think we should have one belt and that’s it. I think the sport is real, real tainted now. It’s not like it was before where you got guys that had to work their way from the bottom to the top.
“When I was fighting I wanted to fight Oscar De La Hoya way back when, but I couldn’t get the fight. I couldn’t get the fight until I was on my own, until I got my own company. I wanted to fight Miguel Cotto when he was undefeated (but) I couldn’t get that fight (either).”
Mayweather has won world titles in five different weight classes and is rightly heralded as the best fighter on the planet and biggest draw to boot. The American’s upcoming fight with ‘Canelo’ is predicted to break PPV records when it takes place at the MGM Grand next week, with the victor walking away as the undisputed number one fighter in the game.
The views expressed by ‘Money’ are echoed throughout the media and fans as more and more even more new bodies in attempt to reach the top end of boxing and create a fifth major championship belt.
The WBA, who currently have double title holders in each division, have stated to WBN in the past that they are considering scrapping the ‘super’ and ‘regular’ belts they currently dish out. But with that said, that was months ago and nothing seems to have been done since to ease Mayweather’s displeasure.