- Floyd Mayweather believes Gennady Golovkin is not the pound-for-pound king
- The retired boxing legend also ruled out the highly regarded Vasyl Lomachenko
- Instead, Mayweather believes Terence Crawford is the best boxer on the planet
- He said the super lightweight champion reminds him of a young Mayweather
Published: 06:24 EST, 18 December 2017 | Updated: 09:55 EST, 18 December 2017
Floyd Mayweather believes unified super lightweight champion Terence Crawford is the current best pound-for-pound boxer in the world right now.
Ever since former WBA, WBO and IBF light heavyweight champion Andre Ward hung up the gloves following successive wins against Sergey Kovalev, there has been a lot of debate as to who is now the pound-for-pound king.
Middleweight kingpin Gennady Golovkin, who holds four versions of the world title, is one of the main contenders, having most recently fought to a contentious split-decision draw in an enthralling encounter against rival Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez.
Floyd Mayweather has revealed who he thinks is the current pound-for-pound best boxer
Golovkin's showdown with Canelo was supposed to be an indicator as to who was the world's best fighter. But the fight was spoiled after the judges returned their scorecards. Adelaide Bird's wide card in favour of the Mexican fighter particularly drew criticism with the result leaving more questions than answers.
Two-weight world champion and current WBO super featherweight holder Vasly Lomachenko, who captured his first world title in just his fourth professional fight, is also highly regarded after he inflicted Guillermo Rigondeaux's first-ever defeat earlier this month.
However Lomachenko, who has drawn comparisons to Mayweather for his slick evasive talents and quick hand speed, failed to impress the latter in his most recent win over his Cuban adversary.
Instead, Mayweather picked Crawford as someone who is more deserving to be spoken of in the same breath as him and as the No 1 fighter on the planet.
Middleweight kingpin Gennady Golovkin is considered one of the best fighter's on the planet
'The pound-for-pound top fighter in boxing right now is Terence Crawford,' Mayweather told FightHype.com. 'He doesn't have to be under my company to give a guy props. I'm not like that. If he's a free agent, I would love to work with him, if he's free.
'I know what I can do to take him to that next level. Hell of a fighter, he's one of the guys that – he's a motherf****r. He reminds me of a young Floyd Mayweather. He can fight his a** off. That's what I like about him.'
Crawford, Golovkin and Lomachenko's professional records
Won WBO world lightweight title
Won WBO world super lightweight title
Unified WBO world super lightweight belt with the WBC strap
Unified WBO and WBC world super lightweight titles with IBF and WBA
Won WBA world middleweight title
Unified WBA world middleweight title with WBC world strap
Unified WBA and WBC world middleweight belts with IBO
Unified WBA, WBC and IBO world middleweight belts with IBF
Won WBO world featherweight title
Won WBO world super featherweight title
Crawford, who unified his WBC and WBO straps with the IBF and WBA ones after knocking out the dangerous Julius Indongo in August, is undefeated in his 32 fights.
The 30-year-old is a two-weight world champion, having captured world titles in both the lightweight and super lightweight divisions.
Vasyl Lomachenko is also regarded as one of the most talented boxers in the world
But Mayweather was not impressed with Lomachenko's recent win over Guillermo Rigondeaux
The American vacated his WBO title in October to move up to the welterweight division amid rumours he would receive a title shot at the WBO belt Jeff Horn holds after he defeated Manny Pacquaio and then successfully defended it against Gary Corcoran.
He is expected to meet the Australian in the early part of next year with Top Rank promoter Bob Arum reportedly planning an April meeting.
Arum recently claimed the winner of a potential Horn vs Crawford bout could face six-weight world champion Manny Pacquiao in a huge blockbuster fight later on in 2018.
Instead, Mayweather has claimed Terence Crawford is the current pound-for-pound king
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