Floyd Mayweather and the Biggest Trash-Talkers in Boxing History
In boxing, usually what is said outside of the ring impacts a lot of what happens inside of it. Many fighters have mastered the ability to frustrate their opponents days, weeks and even months before they step into the ring.
Trash-talk becomes a mental part of the game from the moment each fighter signs the dotted line of their contracts. This list consists of the fighters who, in my mind, have had outstanding careers in the trash- talking business.
Roy Jones Jr.
Roy Jones Jr., during the time he was on top of the pound-for-pound list, had every right to be as cocky and flashy as he was, simply because he was indeed that great.
Known as one of the most physically gifted fighters of all time, he had the ability to mock fighters inside of the ring, as well as outside.
He had several heated post-fight moments with Larry Merchant, and above, you can find one of them.
Mike Tyson needs no introduction. He wasn't necessarily a big trash-talker outside of the ring; he did most of his talking with his fists inside of it.
But, Tyson did have one of the most memorable and disturbing post-fight interviews of all time.
Floyd Mayweather Jr.
In my eyes, Floyd Mayweather is not really a trash-talker. He dosen't really offend other fighters unless the subject is about money. However, he did offend and disrespect Oscar De La Hoya during their 24/7 show, but 24/7 is as far as Mayweather's trash-talking goes.
Once he gets into the ring or is doing a post-fight interview, he can't bring all his cars and cash to show them off.
Outside of 24/7, Mayweather is usually respectful to other fighters and cordial after the fight has come to an end. Unless he's being interviewed by Larry Merchant, of course.
Regardless, he is looked upon as one of boxing's biggest trash-talkers mainly because he has the platform of HBO and 24/7 to do so in front of a vast American audience.
Prince Naseem Hamed
Hamed was a complete character; he was funny, good, and most importantly, he didn't care what people thought about him.
He made fun of his opponents in the ring and outside of it. He was also one of the most outspoken boxers to ever lace up boxing gloves.
Simply one of the most flamboyant and natural trash-talkers in the history of the sport, Camacho Sr. was as natural of a trash-talker as he was a fighter.
James Toney's trash-talking didn't make any sense most of the time—one moment he would call out a middleweight, and the next, he was calling out a heavyweight.
No one really knew how post-fight interviews would go with James Toney, but he sure made them entertaining.
Here's a video with some of his best moments.
Of the fighters on this list, Mitch Green is the least known of all, but having said that, he was one hell of a trash-talker.
He had much to say about Mike Tyson and, basically, any fighter he faced. I will let the video speak for itself.
Ricardo Mayorga is one of the most natural and annoying trash-talkers of all time.
What made Mayorga's trash-talking stand out was the fact that he got very personal with every one of his opponents, as can be seen in the video provided.
All that has to be said about Ali's trash-talking is in the accompanying video.
This famous footage, filmed before his fight with George Foreman, showcases his natural trash-talking abilities.