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Floyd Mayweather not worried about Ali jibe

THE GREATEST AND THE BEST EVER: Muhammad Ali and Floyd Mayweather (right)

FLOYD MAYWEATHER has been called deluded in some quarters after suggesting that he is superior to boxing legend Muhammad Ali.

Mayweather is preparing for his May 2 showdown with arch rival Manny Pacquiao but caused a furore when he told the media: "I respect all the great champions of the past. But I've done just as much as Ali did.

"He was champion at heavyweight but I've won world titles in five divisions. He fought for a helluva cause (anti-Vietnam War) but I'm still sharp at age 38. Still going strong at age 38.

"He lost, once to man who'd only had seven fights previously. I'm undefeated. He called himself The Greatest so I call myself The Best Ever. I knew there would be a backlash but I couldn't care less.

"He said he was greater than Sugar Ray Robinson and someone else will come along in the future to be criticised for believing he's the best."

While Mayweather's place in history may be in debate, there's no debate that he will make the biggest purse ever against Pacquiao. Depending on pay-per-view sales — which reportedly have been strong for a fight still 10 days away — he could earn as much as $180 million for the welterweight title bout.

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