Floyd Mayweather has suggested the world of boxing wants a white superstar and that is the reason Andre Ward has been "forced" to move up to light-heavyweight.
Mayweather was unquestionably boxing's biggest star before he chose to hang up his gloves recently with an undefeated professional record of 49-0.
Ward could potentially step into Money's shoes as the undefeated 31-year-old is currently the WBA super middleweight champion.
But Mayweather believes Ward has been coerced into stepping up a division—in order to eventually face unified champion Sergey Kovalev—so that he can be removed from his lofty position, per FightHype's Ben Thompson:
Whoever is forcing Andre Ward to go up to [light] heavyweight, that's not cool at all. They're trying to get him beat. From the looks of things, what's going on in the sport of boxing, they want their superstar to be Caucasian. It's obvious. And this has been going on for a very long time. They wanted me to lose to [Manny] Pacquiao, but that didn't happen. When you get to comparing champions, comparing fighters, all I have to say is I did it my way. I did it my way.
Unified middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin is another fighter aiming to step into Mayweather's shoes as boxing's biggest star.
The Kazakh fighter has gone 34 professional fights undefeated, winning 31 of them by knockout.
His devastating power and exciting style have won him a lot of fans, but his latest defeat of David Lemieux drew only an approximated 150,000 pay-per-view buys, per ESPN.com's Dan Rafael.
For boxing writer Kevin Mitchell, Triple G has proven himself as the best fighter in the world and he seems the likely heir apparent to Mayweather:
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Come back to me in a year guys. On all the available evidence, I still think GGG is the best fighter in the world https://t.co/a7sMH27h8g2015-10-20 08:28:13
As far as Mayweather is concerned, though, Golovkin has not convinced as a star yet, and can only do so if he steps up to a clash with Ward, per Thompson:
The thing is, as far as boxing, it's all about taking risks and taking chances. I did it. I took risks. I took chances. I'm just waiting to see if Triple G is going to go up and fight Andre Ward. I'm going to be convinced when he can go up and beat Andre Ward. Until then, I'm not convinced.
Golovkin has passed every test that has been thrown at him with flying colours and is a stark contrast to Mayweather in terms of style.
Money still makes headlines despite no longer being an active fighter, but Golovkin can change that if he keeps on winning.