Floyd Mayweather and 10 Current Fighters We Love to Hate
Floyd Mayweather stands among the most hated fighters, and it's not a secret to anyone.
Why would a fan dislike so much some fighters? Notable reasons include hate based on their success, personal behavior outside the ring or their boxing style.
Hated fighters usually draw a lot of attention. We want to see them lose. We have no pity when they get beaten down—just plain happiness.
Here are 10 boxers worth popping a champagne bottle after their loss.
10. Antonio Margarito
Most sports fans have a important dislike towards any athlete who used steroids throughout his career. While using steroids is cheating, one boxer using them won't hurt another directly through the drugs.
However, Margarito was cheating and using something that could directly and physically harm his opponent. To many boxing fans, Margarito died the day he was caught with illegal wraps, just before his 2009 fight vs. Shane Mosley.
“a substance had been used on the wraps which made them harden into a plaster like shell. The allegation by Richardson, and from what HBO had reported, is the substance was being used to harden the wraps to add more punching power to Margarito’s shots.”
Since then, fans are wondering if his win vs. Cotto was legit at all. Actually, can we be sure if any of his wins are legit? Margarito wasn't a much-beloved fighter before this incident, but now, he is definitely one of the most hated boxers.
9. Bernard Hopkins
Bernard Hopkins has been considered a boring fighter for a long time. Actually, a Bleacher Report survey tried to determine how boring Bernard Hopkins is.
Answered by over 600 boxing fans, the survey revealed that 60 percent of those surveyed consider him boring and one respondent out of four would only watch him if they had insomnia.
The Executioner is probably one of the most boring fighters of the past decade, and successful technicians who aren't exciting tend to get a lot of hate from the fans. Bernard Hopkins is no exception.
Can Hopkins even draw any less attention in the US? Only 8,400 people were in the Staples Center for his last fight. Until his final punch, the Executioner will remain one of the most disliked boxers.
8. Wladimir and Vitali Klitschko
The Klitschko brothers are heroes in Ukraine, but outside their home, they don’t get much love.
The general feeling of boxing fans is that Vitali and Wladimir are holding the entire heavyweight division hostage. They will never face each other and will probably retain titles until they retire.
Once the most exciting division, the heavyweight division is now probably the most boring one. Even HBO believes so as they do not air their fights anymore. Does anyone in the United States really care anymore when they fight?
The Klitschko brothers are two great champions, and no one seems to stand a chance at beating them. Fans always want the unbeaten fighters to lose. Even more, Vitali and Wladimir both have a PhD and never made news for bad reasons.
Sometimes, fans hate the bad guys, but they might also dislike the good guys who are boring in their eyes. It is a sad reality, but the Klitschko brothers made the most hated boxers list.
7. Carl Froch
Carl Froch has never backed in front of an opponent, but he also has a big mouth. Throughout his career, he kept insulting the popular champion Joe Calzaghe for avoiding him.
"I don't feel sorry for Calzaghe, he's an idiot", said Froch. Definitely, his behavior toward the 10-year champion did not bring him many fans.
Carl Froch has always shown minimum respect for his opponents. The situation doesn't change for his upcoming fight vs. Lucian Bute as he never gave any credit to the champion.
“Lucian Bute isn’t even in the discussion. I know he’s the IBF champion but the two names on his record are Brian Magee and Glen Johnson, that’s it. He lost to a guy named Librado Andrade. He actually got KO’d. The referee picked him up off the floor, washed his windshield 40 seconds later and the bell was rung and he won on points. But in my opinion, he was knocked out.”
6. Zab Judah
Zab Judah is well known for losing it in the ring. Judah once grabbed referee Jay Nady by the neck before pushing him in the ropes. Moments later, he threw a stool at him. All of this was opposition to a stoppage vs. Tszyu.
Just before the fight, Judah was led to ring by his good friend Mike Tyson. Maybe Judah doesn’t have the best pal for his anger management issues.
With this knockout loss, Judah didn't rise in the boxing rankings but definitely rose in the most hated fighters' list.
5. Amir Khan
Amir Khan is one of the most hated fighters. He gets booed when entering the ring and gets some more after winning.
He’s so hated that some writers work on articles to try to figure out why he draws so much dislike from fans.
Many of the online forums and hate groups suggest he is cocky, he is arrogant, he is chinny, that he has ducked challenges and has had an easy route to a world title
Here's my only question. If Khan ever fights Mayweather as it was reported this week, who will everyone been rooting for? Who is less disliked?
Move on to No. 1 of this list to get your answer!
4. Nate Campbell
Nate Campbell is another boxer who seems to love controversy. We could have a top 100 of his controversial quotes. Throughout his career, he often pulled the race card and seemed jealous of other fighters' success.
Campbell didn't help his popularity card in his first fight vs. Tim Bradley where Campbell's head clashed with Bradley's.
Campbell pleaded with the referee to stop the fight. He stated that he couldn’t see. He was being dominated by Bradley, and it has since been perceived by fans as Campbell wanted out of that fight.
"You're a punk ass bitch hiding behind your daddy", said Campbell to Bradley after the fight. Campbell always denied that he gave up on the fight, and it has just brought more dislike from boxing fans.
3. Antonio Tarver
Antonio Tarver is an arrogant boxer, and this is a well-known fact. His now famous quote to Roy Jones made the news in 2004. Before the fight, when referee Jay Nady asked both boxers if they had a question, Tarver replied: "I have a question. You have any excuses tonight, Roy?"
Here is what pretty much summarizes why Tarver is so much disliked by boxing peeps.
Tarver will never be called humble or shy. He is a man who truly loves himself. "Some people call it arrogance, it might just be supreme confidence. It's just how I feel," said Tarver. Tarver's big ego turns off some boxing fans. He could be on CW's new show H8R. It would be easy to find people who dislike him.
2. Dereck Chisora
Dereck Chisora has to learn simple principle. If you have three losses in your four last bouts and only 15 total career wins, you need to learn to shut up and act as a professional.
Chisora's behavior before and after his fight vs. Wladimir Klitschko is a shame to boxing.
It all started when Chisora slapped the 40-year-old Klitschko at the weigh-in before the championship fight. The Ukrainian didn't retaliate.
Then, the next day, Chisora was seen spitting water in the face of the champion just before the start of the fight.
After being easily defeated, Del Boy wasn't done with trouble. At the post-fight press conference, Chisora got into a fight with boxer David Haye. Punches were exchanged, and Del Boy threatened to kill Haye.
Chisora was arrested the next morning and lost his British boxing license. Do we really need that in boxing?
I don't think that the British will get any love from boxing fans for a long time.
1. Floyd Mayweather
Manny Pacquiao is probably the most beloved athlete in the world. He's certainly the most loved boxer. By simple deduction, Money May is then the current most hated fighter in the world.
By being one of the only boxer considered to be able to beat Pacquiao, Mayweather gets a lot of hate from the fans of the Filipino champion.
Let's admit that Mayweather doesn't help himself. Sometimes, the line between confidence and arrogance is thin. Pretty Boy might have crossed that line a few times in his career.
Most undefeated boxers are disliked by a vast majority of people who want to see them lose. Still, his recent legal problems have only been a new argument for his detractors.
I don't believe that all this hate gets to Mayweather. Actually, he loves the attention and is always glad to take his paycheck after each win when several millions of fans hope to see him lose.
Hate him or love him, but watch him on the ring...
The more attention he gets, the bigger his paychecks are at the end of the day!
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