IT hardly came as a surprise that Manny Pacquiao was not considered by Floyd Mayweather in his top five fighters of all time.
Of course, the unbeaten American fighter had himself at No. 1 on the list, which ironically, only had the great Muhammad Ali at No. 5.
Mayweather, who scored a 12-round unanimous decision against Pacquiao in their highly-anticipated superbout last May, made the choices during his guest appearance at the ESPN Deportes studios, where he was shown a list of 10 all-time great champions on a touch screen, which did not include the Pacman.
“He's beat more world champions than any other fighter right here. He's done it in a shorter period of time than any other fighter up here. And he's done it with less fights than any fighter up here,” said Mayweather in justifying his claim to the No. 1 position.
“Record breaking numbers all around the board in pay-per-view and live gate, landed punches at the highest percentage, and took less punishment. And done it in 19 years and been world champion 18 years. Done it in five different weigh classes.”
Mayweather, who remains unbeaten in 48 fights going to his September 12 showdown against Andre Berto in what he claims will be the final bout of his stellar career, listed at No. 2 Roberto Duran, who he referred to as a legend.
“Unbelievable. He was the guy that came from lightweight and he was the first guy to beat Sugar Ray Leonard. He went from lightweight all the way to 160 and became world champion. He's a legend. I love that guy,” said the 38-year-old native of Grand Rapid, Michigan.
Mayweather took a long time to select his No. 3 pick, which he eventually gave to Pernell Whitaker.
Like Mayweather, Whitaker was considered one of the greatest defensive fighters of all time.
“He knows how to win. He didn't lose until the end of his career. Unbelievable. He beat Chavez for real. And I'm a Julio Cesar Chavez fan. He beat my uncle Roger twice,” Mayweather recalled.
Chavez, arguably considered as the best warrior ever to come out of Mexico, ended up at No. 4 on Mayweather's list followed by ‘The Greatest’ himself.
“Chavez was 79-0 before he lost. And he went to different weight classes. Muhammad Ali was only at one weight class. And Ali really lost all three times to Ken Norton,” Mayweather pointed out.
He added, “This is me just being honest. It's so hard, I mean, these are my top five. What Ali did is he stood for a cause in an era where African Americans didn't stand up for their people and he stood up for a strong cause in his era.”
The rest of the top 10 list which Mayweather didn’t select include Leonard, Sugar Ray Robinson, Joe Louis, Henry Armstrong, and Rocky Marciano.