FLOYD MAYWEATHER has criticized the current state of boxing, claiming there are too many belts in the sport.
The former five-weight world champion, 45, retired from boxing with a 50-0 record after beating Conor McGregor in 2017.
During his illustrious career, he won 15 major world championships ranging from super featherweight to light middleweight.
But now he’s saying “everybody’s a champion” as he now engages in the “watered down” boxing scene.
“There are too many belts in boxing, so boxing is really watered down now. Everyone is a champion.”
There are 17 weight classes in boxing that have four major sanctioning bodies that have world champions.
That means there are at least 68 world champions, and several of the bodies also have “regular,” “franchise,” and “interim” champions — totaling up to 15 other belts owned by fighters.
This is not the first time Mayweather has blasted the number of belts and champions in sports.
In 2020, he said, “The WBC, the WBA, the IBF, and the WBO, you all gotta clean this shit up. You have to clean it all up.
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“It’s bad for boxing. There is no such thing as a super champion.
“You guys are just taking extra money from all these fighters and getting extra money by sanctioning fees. And that also applies to my company.
“We have to clean up this sport of boxing. This does not look good.
“If you watch TV now, everyone is a champion. You see all these fighters posing with a belt.”
In the meantime, Mayweather has claimed he made a whopping $1 million for his pre-fair combat press conference with Don Moore.
Money’s last media event happened just hours after Protege Gervonta Davis faced Rolando Romero at his own media day.
Davis immediately took aim at his mentor on social mediabut Mayweather defended himself thereafter.
It’s the first time he’s competed in an exhibition match since last June.
But it was NOT the last time fans saw this King of the ring pay-per-viewsince he has since fought in two show comebacks.
He returned to Tokyo for the first time on December 31, 2018, beating Japanese featherweight kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa (23) in one round.
Then Mayweather was put at a distance last June by YouTuber Logan Paul, 27, who weighed TWO STONES more in the eight-handed skier.
Now he meets his former sparring partner Moore in Dubai in an eight at the Burj Khalifa helipad on April 14.
https://www.thesun.co.uk/sport/18245740/floyd-mayweather-slams-boxing-world-title-belts/ Floyd Mayweather slams state of boxing and number of world titles, saying ‘everyone is a champion now’