Floyd Mayweather during a fight with another glory like Manny Pacquiao.  AP Photo/Isaac Brekken

If there is something that does not characterize Floyd Mayweather, it is humility, an attitude that he sustains with an extremely successful career and unanimous recognition in world boxing. This Sunday, the undefeated American entered the Hall of Fame of that sport and, faithful to his style, declared: “I am and I will always be the best”.

No boxer will be better than menor is he better than me now”, assured ‘Money’, 45, during the review of his brilliant career, in which he won 50 fights, 27 of them before the limit.

Mayweather has been inactive professionally since August 2017, when he beat Conor McGregor, a mixed martial arts (MMA) champion, by technical knockout in the tenth round. Anyway, after that fight he starred in some exhibition fights like the one that brought him face to face with youtuber Logan Paul.

I have done many things in my career, but this is by far the best“, affirmed who fastened the ecumenical belts of the super featherweight, lightweight, super lightweight, welterweight and superwelterweight categories, and who was a rival, among others, of the Argentine Marcos Maidana, on two occasions, and Carlos Baldomir.

Floyd Mayweather during a fight with another glory like Manny Pacquiao. AP Photo/Isaac Brekken

In his speech, the American attributed much of his numerous successes in the sport to the influence of his parents. “I want to thank the International Boxing Hall of Fame for giving me this. This is for my father, because he deserves it“, he expressed.

Mayweather, who hopes to step back into the ring for a new exhibition fight, was proud to share this recognition with the rest of those inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in Canastota, New York.

The Hall of Fame, with 30 new members

In an unusual move, the Hall of Fame welcomed 30 new inductees at one time, including 15 fighters. The entrance ceremonies for the classes of 2020 and 2021 were suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic, so its members shared a ceremony on Sunday with those of 2022.

Among the new figures are the Americans Bernard Hopkins Y Roy Jones Jr.., the Mexican Juan Manuel Marquez and the Puerto Rican Miguel Cottoas well as boxers like Christy Martin and Laila Ali, daughter of the legendary Muhammad Ali.

The class of 2022 was led by Cotto, who in a short speech also thanked his mother and children.

“You have been the inspiration of my life, the people who have made me work in the best way for my dreams,” said Cotto, also a former world champion of four different divisions and a rival, among others, of Mayweather and Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez.

With information from AFP.

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