Undisputed world lightweight champion Devin Haney has said that Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather ‘messed up boxing’ by retiring undefeated.
The highly rated Haney, who once had a close relationship with Mayweather, certainly hasn’t shied away from a challenge himself.
At just 24 years old, ‘The Dream’ has already beaten big names including Jorge Linares, Yuriorkis Gamboa, George Kambosos Jr twice and most recently the legendary Ukrainian Vasyl Lomachenko.
Speaking to the Pivot Podcast, Haney reckons that the way boxing operates could change so that the big fights simply have to be made.
“We could change the whole dynamic of boxing and make it like the UFC – those guys fight each other, lose, fight again in maybe even bigger fights after a loss.
Floyd made boxing bigger, but he kind of messed up the game with the undefeated record so guys don’t wanna fight each other, they just wanna keep the 0.”
He also calls himself an old-school throwback fighter when it comes to facing up against anyone.
“Not many fighters want to fight each other. They try to get the most money for the easier fights possible. Not all fighters. I’m not here to bash them all. There are some fighters out there who want to test themselves and fight the best. Look at Canelo, he goes up and down the weight classes. It’s just some fighters who don’t.”
Haney hasn’t yet got anyone in his sights for his next fight, but talk has been building around the likes of Shakur Stevenson and Gervonta Davis. Lomachenko, however, thinks that the latter of those two fights will ‘never’ happen.