Floyd Mayweather took shots at Vasyl Lomachenko after his win over Guillermo Rigondeaux.
For many, Vasyl Lomachenko cemented his spot at the very top of the sport after he completely outclassed a fellow top pound-for-pound fighter in Guillermo Rigondeaux. The former holder of that distinction though didn’t seem too impressed, with Floyd Mayweather saying that they looked “stiff” and “robotic,” and that Lomachenko doesn’t have KO power.
“I never fought a guy that was that small. He was smaller than that. Honestly, they didn’t look like they belonged in the ring together,” Mayweather told Fight Hype.
“It really was no damage done to neither side. It was a real just robotic, real stiff, robotic fight. Nobody really landed like no killer, solid shots, no real shots. You can look at me and Diego Corrales, or me and Arturo Gatti.
“I can’t take that away from Lomachenko. He went out there and done what he had to do, but one thing he can’t do is knock (out) a guy.”
Mayweather also says he doesn’t believe Rigondeaux’s injury, and that they’re both levels below him.
“Even with Rigondeaux. I don’t think Rigondeaux had a hand problem. I don’t. We live and we learn. Rigondeaux should just take that as a learning experience. A guy that big, I could see the difference when they got into the ring. A small good fighter will never beat a big good fighter. It’ll never happen.
“That’s the difference,” Mayweather said. “I’m not a good fighter. I’m a great fighter.”
It’s one thing to label such a fluid and movement-based fighter in Lomachenko as “stiff,” but Floyd’s other complaints are a bit ironic.
Mayweather had always been a defensive genius in the ring, but for years, he mostly just outpointed opponents and never really landed much of these “killer” shots he says Lomachenko lacks. He also also claims to never have fought much smaller guys, but he did make Juan Manuel Marquez move up two divisions in a bout that even saw Floyd come in two pounds over the agreed weight.