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Mayweather Jr slams 'watered down' boxing

ESPN staff
September 7, 2013
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Floyd Mayweather Jr has hit out at the sport which made him one of the world's highest paid athletes, insisting that boxing has become too "watered down".

Unbeaten Mayweather Jr, who will pick up a guaranteed purse of $41.5 million from his September 14 junior-middleweight unification fight with Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez, raised his concerns when speaking ahead of the blockbuster Las Vegas bout.

The 36-year-old believes there are too many champions in the modern day sport and even admitted he could not see how the also-undefeated Alvarez was a WBA titlist.

"It's a lot easier to fight [as] boxing is tainted, it's watered down," Mayweather Jr said. "I feel like there are too many belts, too many champions.

"It's like I said before, it's so crazy how I beat Miguel Cotto for the WBA junior-middleweight title, right? So how did Austin Trout beat Cotto for the WBA championship and how is Canelo [Alvarez] the WBA champ?

"Like I said before, these are things I just don't understand what's going on with the sport. I think we should have one belt and that's it. I think the sport is real, real tainted now.

"It's not like it was before where you got guys that had to work their way from the bottom to the top."

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