Muhammad Ali’s daughter has called Floyd Mayweather Jr “a little boy” ahead of the undefeated American’s historic showdown with Filipino icon Manny Pacquiao.
In the lead-up to the ‘Fight of the Century’ Mayweather suggested he was a greater fighter and had done more for boxing than Ali.
“I don’t agree that he’s better than Muhammad Ali,” Laila Ali said on CBS Sports.
“That’s a whole other conversation, but I [also] think about the man my father is outside the ring.”
Laila, who finished her eight-year boxing career with a 24-0 record, said the man dubbed ‘Money’ is “a broken person”.
“I know Floyd. I know his family,” she said.
I wanted to reach out to him and have a conversation with him because I see a little boy, even though he’s a grown man, and I see a broken person.Laila Ali
“Roger Mayweather, Floyd Mayweather Sr both used to train me. I’ve been in the gym with [Mayweather Jr] and there’s been times I wanted to reach out to him and have a conversation with him because I see a little boy, even though he’s a grown man, and I see a broken person.”
Laila said she was obviously against his treatment of women – Mayweather Jr has been found guilty on multiple counts of domestic battery – and the welterweight champion needed someone in his corner who would be honest with him.
“I know when you have money and when you have ‘power’ and you have all these ‘yes’ people around you, sometimes you don’t have that person to pull you aside and really give it to you straight,” she said.
“So every once in a while I’m just like, ‘You know what, I need to reach out to Floyd and I need to have a conversation with him’, because I don’t hate him.
“I dislike the way that he acts and I dislike the way that he treats people and obviously I’m definitely not down with his beating up on women because that’s very cowardly.
“But the first thing I think about is the fact that he needs somebody to reach out to him and kind of guide him.”
That stinging indictment came days after former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson also took aim at Mayweather Jr’s history with courtrooms in the wake of his comparisons with ‘The Greatest’.
“He’s very delusional. If he was anywhere near that realm of greater than Ali, he’d be able to take his kids to school by himself,” Tyson said.
“Greatness is not guarding yourself from the people, greatness is being accepted by the people,” he added.
“He’s a little scared man. He’s a very small, scared man.”