Floyd Mayweather lists off modern day boxers he rates highly

Many retired boxing greats turn to coaching, promoting, or commenting from ringside to stay within the sport.

Many often lament the passing of time and the demise of the once great sport in their eyes.

Some will even suggest the current crop of fighters as not being good enough to have survived 'back in the day'.

His passion and enthusiasm for the sport that made him a global superstar, is undiminished, and he keeps very close tabs on the shining lights, the up-and-comers, and rising stars across all divisions and across all borders.

Naturally, he looks in his own back yard to identify the talent, but he's generous on his praise of fighters from all nations.

In an interview earlier today on Boxing News, an online YouTube channel, Mayweather, a multiple title holder across five weight divisions, gave a rundown on his picks to carry the boxing 'torch' for the next 10 years.

He highlighted fighters including Las Vegas-based Shawn Porter as being "rugged and tough" – the welterweight boxer as one to keep watching.

In his list of rising stars, Gervonta Davis, the 20-0 super featherweight fighting out of Baltimore, was one of his to watch.

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In the same breath, he praised the talents of Terence Crawford, another fighter floating between the lightweight and welterweight divisions with an impressive 30 wins from 30 bouts.

No surprises that he championed one from his own stable; Badou Jack, the Swedish middleweight with Gambian ancestry who fought for Gambia in the 2008 Olympics. Jack challenged Adonis Stevenson last weekend for the WBC light-heavyweight title, but could only earn a draw against the reigning champion.

Mayweather likes fast, busy, powerful fighters, and augmented his list of those to watch by adding Florida-based welterweight Keith Thurman as one he loves to watch fight, and another from his stable – the hugely talented Saul 'Neno' Rodriguez.

However, Rodriguez hasn't fought since February and many are wondering when the Mayweather protege will next fight.

In his brief interview, Mayweather also liked the form and style of Britain's Anthony 'AJ' Joshua, the Ukrainian lightweight Vasyl Lomachenko, and featherweight Gary Russell Jnr., who boxes out of Washington DC, as fighters he will tune in to watch.   

It's an interesting list of the world's finest boxers from the current crop, and highlights Mayweather, always a clever and shrewd observer of the sport, keeps a close eye on the industry that made him famous.