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No one believes in Floyd Mayweather‘s abilities more than he, himself does. He told ESPN‘s Stephen A. Smith he’s better boxer than Muhammad Ali and Sugar Ray Leonard.

“No one can ever brainwash me to make me believe that Sugar Ray [Leonard] and Muhammad Ali was better than me,” he said. “No one could ever brainwash me and tell me that.”

We um, er, believe Mr. Mayweather Jr. is trying to massage his ego because he probably got wind that Ali is picking Pacquiao to beat him in their upcoming fight.

Nevertheless, he still has much respect for both Ali and Leonard. If it wasn’t for either of them, he wouldn’t be where he is today, he said.

“But one thing I will do,” he added. “I’m going to take my hat off to them (Ali, Leonard) and respect those guys because those are the guys that paved the way for me to be where I’m at today.”

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