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Floyd Mayweather: Muhammad Ali fifth best-ever boxer

By The Sports Xchange
Floyd Mayweather: Muhammad Ali fifth best-ever boxer
Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald (R) speaks to Muhammad Ali on stage at the Muhammad Ali Celebrity Fight Night. UPI/Art Foxall | License Photo

As Floyd Mayweather prepares for his September fight against Andre Berto, he recently was asked about the sport's greatest fighters.

Topping Mayweather's list of the best boxer of all time was -- Floyd Mayweather.

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Putting himself on the top spot wasn't a shock to some observers, despite many believing Muhammad Ali is deserving of "The Greatest" nickname. What did leave some people baffled was where Ali ended up on Mayweather's list.

He recently appeared on ESPN Deportes where he discussed his top-five list:

Floyd Mayweather,

Roberto Duran,

Pernell Whitaker,

Julio Cesar Chavez,

Muhammad Ali.

"He was only at one weight-class," Mayweather said of Ali. "This is me just being honest. It's so hard (picking a top-five). ... "Ali -- only one weight class and really lost to Ken Norton three times. What he did is he stood for a cause in an era when African-Americans didn't stand up for their people."

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Rocky Marciano, whose 49-0 record Mayweather will try to match when he faces Berto, did not make his list either.

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