Floyd Mayweather revealed boxing's main problem is the amount of titles there are with more than four world champions in each division.
The American spoke ahead of Mayweather Promotions' pay-per-view bout between protege Gervonta Davis and Leo Santa Cruz, which takes place on October 31.
"Tank" defends his WBA 'regular' title - one of six world titles in the lightweight division with Teofimo Lopez currently holding four of them after defeating Vasyl Lomachenko. The Brooklyn fighter possesses the WBA, WBC Franchise, IBF and WBO titles while Devin Haney holds the WBC crown. Then you have interim titlists and recess in champion status. Not so straight forward is it?
Mayweather - who also shares some of the blame - tends to agree, too. Questioning decisions made by the likes of the WBA and WBC who seem to enjoy creating paper titles.
"I wanna say this right now about the sport of boxing, and I want everybody at home to hear me when I say this - a belt, I'm tired and [when] I'm at home - and this goes for any company," Mayweather said during Davis' open workout in Las Vegas, which was streamed live on Showtime Sports' YouTube channel.
"I don't care if it's Top Rank, if it's Golden Boy [Promotions], if it's Mayweather Promotions, if it's PBC - there's too many champions in the sport of boxing right now. Too many champions. It's not a such thing as a super champion, not at all. And I'm not taking nothing away from no fighter. It's too many belts.
"And the reason why it's too [many belts], let me tell people what's going on in the sport of boxing, why there's so many different titles and so many different belts. People don't know you have to pay, for every belt that you win, there's a sanctioning fee. So now, if a fighter wins an interim belt, he has to pay a sanctioning fee. If a fighter has just the regular belt, he has to pay a sanctioning fee. Then, if a fighter is a super champion, then he has to pay a sanctioning fee. This is not good for the sport of boxing. Now, when a fighter fights, every fighter is a champion now. Belts now is like a fighter winning an amateur trophy. Everybody is a champion. Everybody have a belt."
All these belts are like trophies
"Now, we look at the lightweight division, OK," said Mayweather, who owned WBA "super" championships in the 147-pound and 154-pound divisions during the final few years of his career.
"And I wanna say the fight the other day [Lopez-Lomachenko] was a hell of a fight. Congratulations to the winner. He done his job. He went out there and did what he had to do. But if Devin Haney is the WBC champion at lightweight, right, and Gervonta "Tank" Davis is the WBA champion, now it's safe to say that Teofimo is the IBF and the WBO champion. But I can't knock what he has done, because I have to take my hat off to him, you know, for what he has done."
Despite Maywether's bias towards Haney and Davis - two fighters he has trained and worked with - Lopez has a legitimate claim as undisputed lightweight champion with victory over southpaw Lomachenko. Lopez previously destroyed Richard Commey for the IBF belt while Lomachenko had outpointed Hull's Luke Campbell to win the WBC title and unify at 135-pounds. Other wins at lightweight includes a stoppage victory over Jorge Linares.
Mayweather is having none of it, though - and we love it.
"I don't wanna knock no fighter, but I'm tired of seeing fighters after the fight, everybody got a championship belt now," Mayweather said. "Now boxing, all these belts is like trophies. The WBC, the WBA, the IBF and the WBO, y'all have to clean this sh-t up. Y'all have to clean this up. This is bad for boxing. Ain't a such thing as no super champion. You guys are just taking extra money from all these fighters, getting extra money from sanctioning fees. And this goes for my company as well. We gotta clean this sport of boxing up. This sh-t, this don't look good. When you look on TV now, everybody's a champion. You see all these fighters posing with a belt."