Laila Ali, the daughter of three-time heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali, called WBC and WBA welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather a "little boy" and a "broken person."
She made the comments on CBS' television program We Need To Talk in reference to Mayweather's recent comments about her father as well as Mayweather's alleged history of domestic violence.
Mayweather, who will fight Manny Pacquiao on Saturday in a welterweight unification bout, has said that while he respects fighters like Ali, he feels he is the better fighter.
“No one can ever brainwash me to make me believe that Sugar Ray Robinson and Muhammad Ali was better than me,” Mayweather told ESPN.
Ali appeared on We Need To Talk and discussed Mayweather. She says that Mayweather should feel like he is the best, “but that doesn’t make what he said true.”
Ali said she doesn’t hate Mayweather but doesn't like the way he treats people, adding that she is “definitely not down with this beating on women because that’s very cowardly.”
“There have been times I’ve wanted to reach out to him and have a conversation with him, because I see a little boy even though he’s a grown man. I see a broken person," Ali said. "I know when you have money and you have ‘power’ and you have all these 'yes' people around you, sometimes you don’t have that person to pull you aside and give it to you straight.”
Ali’s comments came a day after former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson said Mayweather was "delusional" to dispute Ali’s claim as the greatest boxer of all-time.
- Scooby Axson