Anderson Silva: I Have No Respect for 'Papa Smurf' Floyd Mayweather

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Anderson Silva: I Have No Respect for 'Papa Smurf' Floyd Mayweather

Looks like former longtime UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva has a bone to pick with undefeated boxing legend Floyd Mayweather, Jr. 

Check out what the pound-for-pound great had to say about "Money" during an interview with Sway Calloway on Sway in the Morning (YouTube channel Sway's Universe)

Boxers have the great story. I respect for boxing. Floyd Mayweather? I don't know this guy. Is he Papa Smurf? Mayweather is good boxing. This is my opinion. The guy no respect me. I respect all the guys in the world. Mayweather is a part of this story in the world. I'm part of the sport in the world. Mayweather need to respect this, but this guy no respect nothing. Sorry, but I no respect Mayweather.

The latest news should come as no surprise, considering Mayweather said he didn't know who "The Spider" is in an interview with EsNews last month. 

Despite a disappointing knockout loss at the hands of new 185-pound kingpin Chris Weidman at UFC 162 last month, many still consider the Brazilian knockout artist the greatest MMA fighter of all time. 

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Prior to the loss, Silva had won an incredible 17 straight bouts, 16 of which occurred inside the Octagon, also setting the UFC middleweight record of 10 consecutive successful title defenses. 

While naysayers have knocked the 38-year-old's strength of competition during that roughly seven-year time frame, Silva notched stoppage wins over the likes of Rich Franklin (twice), Dan Henderson, Chael Sonnen (twice), Yushin Okami and Vitor Belfort.

Silva will have a chance to avenge the devastating loss to "The All-American" at UFC 168, with the rematch set to take place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev., Dec. 28.

Conversely, the 36-year-old Mayweather has been going strong inside the ring since October of 1996 and is a five-division world champion with an incredible 44-0 professional record.

His next challenge will be light middleweight stud Saul "Canelo" Alvarez, who boasts a 42-0-1 record of his own despite being just 23 years old.

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Alvarez's WBC and The Ring light middleweight titles will be on the line, while Mayweather will defend his WBA (super) light middleweight strap. 

That showdown also takes place at the MGM Grand and is just a couple weeks away, with the event set for Sept. 14.  

 

John Heinis is a Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report. He is also the MMA Editor for eDraft.com.

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