The world lost a legend when Muhammad Ali died on June 3. As fans continue to mourn the tragic loss, boxing champ, Floyd Mayweather paid homage to the late icon with a sweet Instagram tribute. Read it htere.
Floyd “Money” Mayweather, 39, wrote a beautiful message to Muhammad Ali, after hearing the news that the legend died on June 3. Although the boxing champions had a rocky relationship once, its clear that Floyd respected the contribution that The Greatest made to the sport they both loved.
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“Today my heart goes out to a pioneer, a true legend, and a hero by all means!” he wrote. Not a day went by entering the gym that I didn’t think of you. Your charisma, your charm, and above all, your class are all of the elements that will be greatly missed by myself and the world. You are someone that inspired me greatly throughout my boxing journey and words cannot express how great you were as a person! Thank you for everything you’ve done for Black America, in the world of sports & entertainment and for the legacy you leave behind! My sincerest condolences to the Ali family!”
What a sweet tribute! But even though it was expected that Floyd would speak out about the legend, it’s is a little bit surprising, considering the two were not the closest of friends.
In fact, Floyd made some comments in April 2015, suggesting that he was greater than the champ. “No one can ever brainwash me to make me believe that Sugar Ray Robinson and Muhammad Ali was better than me,” he said. “No one could ever brainwash me and tell me that.”
His comments may have been a bit harsh, but his feisty attitude sounds very similar to Muhammad’s, who known for belittling his opponents and boasting about his talent.
But even though Floyd claimed he was superior he did pay respect to those who came before him.”But one thing I will do, I’m going to take my hat off to them and respect those guys because those are the guys that paved the way for me to be where I’m at today,” he said.
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Muhammad Ali died on June 3 at the age of 74. The news came after Muhammad was put on life support due to a respiratory issues. Money Mayweather’s sweet tribute comes after other stars like Justin Bieber, Kylie Jenner and more also spoke out to mourn the loss of the legend. We are truly heartbroken.
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