If there’s one thing Floyd Mayweather Jr. may know a thing or two about, it’s winning world titles in the sport of boxing. During his boxing career, the Michigan native beat more than 20 world champions en route to winning 15 major world titles from super featherweight to super welterweight. In retirement, Mayweather Jr. has stayed connected to the sport through exhibition bouts and his promotional imprint, Mayweather Promotions. Moving forward, he’d like to take things a step further and create his own championship belt. As he puts it, someone really needs to come in and “clean the sport of boxing up” because he feels there are too many sanctioning bodies and world titles available.
“I’m going to talk with the different boxing organizations. We need to have a sit down. We really need to clean the sport of boxing up. I think it’s time to take boxing to the next level. Which means it’s time for me to come up with my own championship boxing belt where that belt trumps all titles, all belts. It doesn’t matter who is champion because only one belt is going to count,” he said during a recent interview.
“In today’s era of boxing, any and everybody is champion. If you look, you have a super champion, a regular champion, an interim champion. I’m totally against it. I’m letting everyone know. I’m totally against all that interim champion. If I didn’t earn the belt by beating the champion, I don’t want the belt. So I don’t want these fighters to be proud, walking around holding up belts that you didn’t really win. There’s no such thing as an interim champion.”
When asked what he’d call the belt, he smiled and said he’d call it the “money belt.”