Mayweather is no Ali

April 28, 2015 3:02 AM


Let’s not talk 'greatest' yetThe much anticipated Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao fight is just days away and I can’t help but wonder where it ranks with other great fights.

If you listen to “Pretty Boy” Floyd, he considers it the greatest ever, and he has dared to mention his name in the same breath as Muhammad Ali. May I just remind him the smaller welterweight class makes him already less attractive than a heavyweight like Ali?

But no one can deny Mayweather, the business man, even with all of his out of ring problems, is a true megastar, who’s career is enhanced partly because of our 24-7 world and social media. I can tell you from experience that when Ali fought Joe Frazier in the Thrilla in Manila in 1975, the two fighters were on every magazine cover. The newspaper coverage was from front to back and the TV stations, though there were only five at the time in most cities, were saturated with news about the upcoming bout.

With today’s saturated media coverage, what do you think the hype would be like for the Sugar Ray Leonard-Tommy Hearns fight or the Marvin Hagler-Roberto Duran matches? And I know the Ali-Frazier matches would still reign supreme.

I have noticed the undefeated Mayweather has woken up heavyweight champ Wladimir Klitschko – convincing him he needs to fight in the United States for a big pay day. Klitschko, who just fought and won at Madison Square Garden this past Sunday, is back after a seven year absence from the States.

He wants to cash in like Mayweather and Pacquiao.

Mike North has been in sports radio 20-plus years. He is heard weekly on the national FoxSports Radio network, writes a twice-weekly column for the Daily Herald newspaper and does videos for their website three times a week. Listen to his podcasts at Follow him on Twitter @North2North. Contact him at

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