Of Manny Pacquiao: "I respect what he's done in the fight game, but I ain't never been beat."
Let's avoid the obvious embarrassment Floyd would suffer having to compare resumes here.
Of Shane Mosley: "He's got five losses and isn't a pay-per-view attraction."
As Mosley himself so eloquently said on ESPN with Brian Kenny, "those five losses were to three guys that Floyd wouldn't even get in the ring with." He's got a point. Winky Wright, Vernon Forrest, Miguel Cotto (debatable), all three would erase that zero from Pretty Boy's record.
Of Antonio Margarito a couple years ago: "I can't make no money off him." (He turned down $8 million for the fight).
If he wouldn't take on Cotto, imagine what he thought after Cotto/Margarito last year, loaded hand wraps notwithstanding. Oh, and Mosley destroyed Margarito. I'll wait while you connect the dots.
If Mayweather is truly back to "claim what's his," it should be about more than money. Because the only thing he's reclaiming that was once his is a reputation more soiled than a used box of Depends.
Mayweather is not an all-time great, he's an all-time fake who masks it beautifully behind an amazing set of natural skills. If only he would put those skills to use in a real ring war.
HBO's Max Kellerman said it best on May 2, when he noted that, "On the day Floyd Mayweather announced his return from the podium against a smaller man (Juan Manuel Marquez), Manny Pacquiao made his statement in the ring against a bigger man."
And today, Pacquiao made another statement when he said he would be willing to face Mosley in the fall. That is what an all-time great is supposed to do.