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No heavyweight boxer before or after his career was as skilled, elegant and fleet of foot as Muhammad Ali in his prime. At first it was only him telling anybody who would listen, but over time it became a consensus.
Mayweather’s counterpart, Pacquiao is 36 years old. He is the only boxer who won the world championship in eight different weight categories. Throughout his professional career, he has played 64 games, out of which he won 57, with 38 knockouts.
Ali returned to boxing again in 1970 in a match described as the “Match of the Century”, against Joe Frazier where neither of them had lost any matches before.
The British Press took great interest in the Egyptian champion’s win, and put the spotlight on the young boxer, praising him and his accomplishment.