Floyd Mayweather was at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas to unveil a portrait of himself after receiving the Fighter of the Year award from the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame.
Mayweather, who accepted the award from boxing legend Sugar Ray Leonard, has fought just twice in the last 12 months, beating Marcos Maidana by unanimous decision last September, before defeating Manny Pacquiao by the same method in May.
The boxing superstar said: ‘The object of the game is to hit and not be hit. Be smart. When I retire, I’ll have all my faculties so I can spend time with my family.’
Also among those to be honoured during the third annual Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame induction gala were Lennox Lewis, Muhammad Ali, Marvelous Marvin Hagler, Eddie Mustafa Muhammad and Mayweather’s uncle, Roger Mayweather.
Ali could not attend the induction ceremony himself due to his Parkinson’s disease, but the 73-year-old’s daughter Rasheda Ali-Walsh was there to accept the honour on his behalf.
‘I told him I would tell him about what’s going on tonight,’ she said. ‘I see a lot of his friends here. I know he’d be excited if he was here. But it’s an honour to be part of this induction.’
Meanwhile, fellow inductee Lewis disputed Mayweather’s claim to be the greatest of all time, suggesting it was he instead who is more worthy of the title.
‘Floyd really took up a lot of time and then he ran out and said he’s the best fighter ever,’ said Lewis, following Mayweather’s own acceptance speech.
‘Well I have something to say about that. I’m the last undisputed heavyweight champion. I feel I am the best ever.’

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