When someone thinks of an athlete, they think about the stereotypical athletic body, tall, strong, and agile. However, every athlete fits into this narrow frame. For instance, the former world no. 1 tennis player, Maria Sharapova, is exceptionally tall. However, many all-time greats in their respective sports are built short.
Maria Sharapova of Russia celebrates winning match point in match against Anett Kontaveit of Estonia during the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix at Porsche Arena on April 28, 2017 in Stuttgart, Germany.
For instance, five-division champion, Floyd Mayweather, is short as well as seven-time Ballon d’Or winner, Lionel Messi, is of short stature.
Maria Sharapova made Floyd Mayweather feel hilariously small
The former tennis player is from Russia where the average height of women is 5 feet-5.1 inches. Considering this, Maria Sharapova’s height is 6 feet-2 inches, significantly taller than most women in her country. On the other hand, Mayweather falls short, quite literally.
In comparison, Floyd Mayweather’s height is 5 feet-8 inches tall, which is significantly shorter than Sharapova. This huge difference was apparent when the duo walked on stage together to announce an award for ‘The Money Team’ event. Mayweather and Maria Sharapova walked together and instantly the height gap was evident and the crowd was hysterical.
Sharapova jokingly looked around her to see where the boxing legend was standing. Furthermore, when Mayweather was speaking, the tennis star leaned on him with her arms on his shoulders. Mayweather went along with the joke and took it sportingly.
Both athletes have dominated their respective sports and created a legacy under their names. The 50-0 boxer has won everything there is to win in boxing. He holds the record for most world titles held simultaneously
On the other hand, Sharapova won the women’s singles at Wimbledon in 2004. Following that victory, in 2005 Sharapova was ranked no. 1 in the world. She reigned as the best tennis player for 21 weeks. Additionally, Sharapova is the only Russian to achieve the career grand slam, winning all four grand slams in her career.