EVERYONE in boxing emulates Muhammad Ali, from novice amateurs imagining the great man as they shadowbox in the gym to even the very best in the sport in this era. Floyd Mayweather paid tribute to Muhammad Ali in his own way.

After Ali’s death, Mayweather stated, “Today my heart goes out to a pioneer, a true legend, and a hero by all means! Not a day went by entering the gym that I didn’t think of you. Your charisma, your charm and above all, your class are all of the elements that will be greatly missed by myself and the world.

“You are someone that inspired me greatly throughout my boxing journey and words cannot express how great you were as a person! Thank you for everything you’ve done for Black America, in the world of sports and entertainment and for the legacy you leave behind! My sincerest condolences to the Ali family!”