Floyd Mayweather Jr. is a future boxing Hall of Famer regardless of how many questions his tactics when it comes to his style of fighting or handpicking his opponents. And the WBC seems to be aware of that and have now given the 43-year-old a distinction given only to a rare few.
The World Boxing Council announced that they will be adding the photo of the undefeated American fighter on all world title belts. This means Mayweather will join a select list that includes Muhammad Ali and the late WBC president Jose Sulaiman.
Looking at Mayweather’s accomplishments, the distinction is rightful. The American pug has won the WBC title in five weight classes. These are in the super featherweight, lightweight, super lightweight, welterweight and super welterweight categories.
The WBC is honoring Floyd Mayweather by adding his photo to all WBC titles pic.twitter.com/iS5ef4s5oh — ESPN Ringside (@ESPNRingside) January 20, 2021
Other than that, “Money” also won some special titles. This includes the “Money” belt and the diamond title as pointed out by Boxing Scene.
“I remember the first time I won a WBC belt and saw the photos of the great champions on there and always wanted to be there too. It really is a dream come true for me to be alongside the great [Muhammad] Ali, and WBC founder Don Jose [Sulaiman], and to be recognized by them for my contributions to the organization and the sport. I am beyond grateful to receive this honor,” Mayweather said.
For those who may not know, Mayweather’s first WBC title came at the 130-pound class. He won over the late Genaro Hernandez on Oct. 3, 1998. That was the 18th straight win for the “Flamboyant One” at the time.
Mayweather stopped that fight when Hernandez’s cornerman called for it. It was the first defeat for a two-time super featherweight champion who called “Money” a true champ.
Hernadez died of cancer on June 7, 2011, at the age of 45. Mayweather paid for the funeral expenses of “Chicanito.”
Looking ahead, Mayweather is focusing on his upcoming exhibition bout against YouTuber Logan Paul. It is set to take place on Feb. 20 with the American a heavy favorite to prevail over the YouTuber.
There is no telling if Mayweather will fight again after facing the 25-year-old YouTuber. The word out is that he seems impressed with the earnings from exhibition boxing matches and may stick to that for now. There remain calls for rematches with past foes like Manny Pacquiao and Conor McGregor but there has been little to no progress for them to happen.