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Floyd Mayweather Simply Isn't Convinced That Muhammad Ali Is Better Than Him

There's no one more confident in Floyd Mayweather than Floyd Mayweather. The boxer doesn't believe Muhammad Ali is better than him.

There's no one more confident in Floyd Mayweather than Floyd Mayweather. Self=love is fine and dandy, but the flashy boxer may have ruffled a few feathers with his last statements. During a passionate backseat interview with ESPN's Stephen A. Smith—which aired on ESPN First Take a while ago—Mayweather discussed Muhammad Ali and Sugar Ray Leonard, two boxers arguable etched on the GOAT list. The Money Team figurehead didn't agree with their top positions, refusing to accept that they're better boxers than him.

"No one can ever brainwash me to make me believe that Sugar Ray Robinson and Muhammad Ali was better than me," he said. "No one could ever brainwash me and tell me that."

SEE ALSO: Legendary Co-Sign: Muhammad Ali Is Team Pacquiao

His confident statement wasn't delivered in total disrespect, though. He still has an immense amount of respect for the two sports legends for being trailblazers. "But one thing I will do," he continued, "I'm going to take my hat off to them and respect those guys because those are the guys that paved the way for me to be where I'm at today."

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Eric Reid Blasts JAY-Z's NFL Deal: "When Has JAY Z Ever Taken A Knee?"

JAY-Z's recent partnership with the NFL has been met with a lot of raised eyebrows and condemnation.

The rap mogul vocally supported Colin Kaepernick's peaceful protest against police brutality and reportedly went as far as to talk Travis Scott out of performing during last year's halftime Superbowl. So when it was announced Roc Nation would help manage the league's entertainment and social justice leg, many didn't understand why.

The criticism only grew after the 4:44 artist alleged to have spoken to Kaepernick about his new business venture, only for his longtime girlfriend Nessa to refute the claims on social media.

TMZ  then reported JAY Z will have majority ownership in an NFL team, which now puts more pressure on him to be a change agent and not just a figurehead.

Eric Reid on Jay Z kneeling statement: “When has Jay Z ever taken a knee? For you get paid to go into a NFL conference and say we are past kneeling is asinine.” pic.twitter.com/BO9RCLUHek

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Carolina Panther's safety Eric Reid spoke with reporters about JAY-Z's newest venture and called it "despicable."

"When has JAY-Z ever taken a knee? Yes, he’s done a lot of great work," Reid said. "A lot of great social justice work, but for you to get paid to go into an NFL press conference and say that we’re past kneeling? Again, asinine. Players Coalition 2.0. He got paid to take the bullets that he’s taking now because we’re not having it.”

To Reid and many others, JAY-Z looks hypocritical.

“JAY-Z claimed to be a supporter of Colin, wore his jersey, told people not to perform at the Super Bowl because of the treatment that the NFL did to Colin. Now he’s going to be a part-owner and it’s kind of despicable.”

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Jay-Z To Reportedly Become Part Owner Of NFL Team

It’s been a whirlwind few days for Jay-Z and the NFL, and it seems that the relationship could run deeper than their recently announced partnership. According to TMZ Sports, Jay is in line to own a “significant” portion of an NFL team.

Although it's unclear which team he plans to purchase, a source told the website that the deal is expected to be secured in the “near future.” The Brooklyn native allegedly wants to buy into a team because he’s a “huge fan” of the league, and already works in the business by way of his Roc Nation Sports imprint.

The source added that Hov “wants to continue to be a change agent for the NFL,” and that the deal doesn't conflict with him owning a sports agency because he's not involved in the “operations of NFL players” on the Roc Nation roster.

Jay previously owned a small stake in the Brooklyn Nets, which he sold in 2013. The timing of the potential team purchase comes as Jay continues to receive backlash after formally announcing his collaboration with the league. The decision to partner with the NFL was “partially motivated” by Jay’s desire to own a team, according to Bleacher Report.

During a press conference alongside NFL commissioner Roger Goodell earlier in the week, Jay was asked if Colin Kapernick (who remains without a job in the NFL after launching a protest against police brutality) knew about the partnership. Jay initially told reporters that he spoke with Kapernick about working with the NFL but the athlete's girlfriend, radio personality Nessa, denied that the conversation took place. She also expressed her disappointment with how the partnership is being promoted.

“The disappointment in Jay-Z isn’t in the partnership. The disappointment is wrapping it in social justice,” Nessa told Hot 97 Wednesday (Aug. 14). “I don’t mind you doing a business deal, but I do mind you wrapping it in social justice when you’re working with an organization that denies someone an opportunity.”

 

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Jay-Z And Roc Nation Partner With The NFL

Jay-Z, Roc Nation, and the National Football League (NFL) have officially joined forces. The New York Times reports (Aug. 14) that Jay-Z and his team will consult on the Super Bowl halftime show with plans to usher in high-level talent to perform at the events. Roc Nation will also be a part of the league's premier social initiatives.

The inked deal raises concerns as Jay-Z has been considered one of Colin Kaepernick's most vocal supporters. Kaepernick has yet to land with a team, spanning 895 days after peacefully protesting social injustice by kneeling during the National Anthem at the beginning of football games. Hov's new role will also allow him to be deeply rooted in the league's social justice campaign "Inspire Change," which donates "money to groups fighting justice reform, opportunities in economically challenged areas and better relations between local communities," as reported by the Times. 

"The NFL has a great big platform, and it has to be all-inclusive," the 4:44 rapper told the Times. "They were willing to do some things, to make some changes, that we can do some good."

"We don't want people to come in and necessarily agree with us; we want people to come in and tell us what we can do better," said NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. "I think that's a core element of our relationship between the two organizations, and with Jay and I personally."

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