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Floyd Mayweather's Top 5, Dead or Alive

Floyd Mayweather compiles his list for the best five boxers in history.

Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
Wil Esco is an assistant editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2014.

Pound-for-pound king Floyd Mayweather just named his list of top five boxers in history. And much like all things Mayweather, it doesn't come without its fair share of controversy. Let's have a look at Floyd's list and his reasoning behind the placements for the best boxers in history.

5) Muhammad Ali (56-5, 37 KOs).

Now I'm sure it may come as a surprise that 'The Greatest' didn't scratch the top 3, but here's why Floyd says Ali gets ranked only fifth: "Ali - only one weight class and really lost to Ken Norton three times. What he did is he stood for a cause in an era when African Americans didn't stand up for their people."

Now the last part I'm going to largely ignore because I'm not about to take Floyd seriously as an authority on history. Obviously people like MLK, Malcom X, Shirley Chisholm, and a countless laundry list of others have stood up for their people before, during, and after Ali's career. Ali took a stand too, which in part made him the cultural icon that he is, but it also cost him several prime years in his boxing career.

4) Julio Cesar Chavez (107-6-2, 86 KOs)

Chavez Sr. is without a doubt a legend in the sport. He also seems to be the polar opposite of everything his son Chavez Jr. is, and mostly in a good way. So why does Floyd put him at number four? Well because he: "was 79-0 in different weight classes before he lost."

3) Pernell Whitaker (40-4-1, 17 KOs)

'Sweet Pea' the the guy Floyd Mayweather is most often compared to, mostly because of the similarities in their defensive mastery. Fans will go back and forth on who really had the better defense between the two but in my eyes it's pretty much just splitting hairs. They are two of the best ever in that department. As for Floyd's assesment on why Whitaker is his 3rd best all-time: "Really, he beat Julio Cesar Chavez (the fight was a controversial draw). And he did beat my uncle Roger Twice."

2) Roberto Duran (106-16, 70 KOs).

Although the 'No Mas' moment will forever live in infamy, no one can really doubt the accomplishments and fearsome reputation of 'Manos de Piedra.' As for Floyd's take on Duran: "Came up from lightweight to world champion at 160lbs. Love that guy. A legend."

1) Floyd Mayweather, Jr. (48-0, 26 KOs)

It should come as no surprise that the self proclaimed 'best ever' would put himself atop the list. So why does Floyd Mayweather think Floyd Mayweather is The Best Ever? "He's beat more world champions than any other fighter in a shorter time and less fights than any other fighter," he said. "Landed punches at the highest percentage and took less punishment. He's been world champion 18 years in five different weight divisions."

Now this list has one guy noticeably absent, one who always seems to always be atop most all-time lists. Some guy named Sugar Ray Robinson. How he was unable to crack Mayweather's top five is mystery to me, but who am I to question 'TBE'.

What say you, fans? How do you feel about Floyd's list?

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