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Hatton Mayweather Trainer Conference Call Part II

GEORGE WILLIS: Roger, I have to ask you to explain something. Why do you think Floyd is more skilled than Ali?

ROGER MAYWEATHER: What you say?

GEORGE WILLIS: You said that Floyd was more skilled Ali.

ROGER MAYWEATHER: Is more skilled than Ali, what the *&*^ do you mean, why do I say it??

GEORGE WILLIS: Do you believe Floyd is more skilled than Ali?

ROGER MAYWEATHER: Why do I know? Because number one, have you ever seen Ali at the hand pads?

GEORGE WILLIS: Well yes, on tape.

ROGER MAYWEATHER: Have you ever seen Ali hit the hand pads and miss?

GEORGE WILLIS: On tape.

ROGER MAYWEATHER: I said Ali is a good heavyweight, but he ainít more skilled than Floyd. So, what do you mean, why do I say it, because I know something about boxing, obviously, you donít. Heís more skilled than Ali. Hell yes, he more skilled than Ali. Ali is a great heavyweight.

GEORGE WILLIS: OK.

ROGER MAYWEATHER: Thatís why I responded back to you. You said, why do I think Floyd is more skilled than Ali, right.

GEORGE WILLIS: Right.

ROGER MAYWEATHER: Floyd won six world championships, right.

GEORGE WILLIS: Right.

ROGER MAYWEATHER: Five different weight classes, right.

GEORGE WILLIS: Right.

ROGER MAYWEATHER: OK. So out of all of those guys, he did that in just 10 years. Iím not - Ali is the greatest heavyweight. Nobody is ever going to deny Ali is the greatest heavyweight.

GEORGE WILLIS: OK.

ROGER MAYWEATHER: But Floyd is the most skilled, especially in this era and day, probably any area but Sugar Ray Robinson , Floyd Mayweather are the two most skilled fighters in the world of boxing period.

And when all of this is said and done, when Floyd is long gone and retired, theyíre going to say Floyd is the greatest fighter in the world, because you know what, he all ready done, what nobodyís ever done. He won six world championships and stayed undefeated. Do you know anybody that ever did it?

GEORGE WILLIS: Floyd Mayweather.

ROGER MAYWEATHER: Do you know anybody that ever won six world championships in five different weight classes and stay undefeated.

GEORGE WILLIS: Floyd Mayweather.

ROGER MAYWEATHER: OK, then. Thatís it. Thatís why I tell you about Ali and about Floyd. Ali is a great fighter, and nobody is denying Aliís ability to fight. Ali is a great heavyweight. But, guys when you come to skill, Sugar Ray Robinson and Floyd Mayweather is the most skilled fighters on the planet to this day.

JAMIE JACKSON : This is one for both of you, Roger first, you kind of answered it, but I was going to ask you Roger , Iím interested here, where do you put Floyd on the all time list?

ROGER MAYWEATHER: You say, where do you put Floyd on the all time list? Well, Iíll tell you this, understand boxing. Who are they going to consider the greatest fighter of all time?

JAMIE JACKSON: Well Iím not an expert to say definitelyÖ

ROGER MAYWEATHER: I asked you a question. If youíre asking me a question, I am asking you. Who do you consider the greatest fighter of all time?

JAMIE JACKSON: I maybe have a couple two or three.

ROGER MAYWEATHER: Wait, wait, wait, hold on, hold on, if you know anything about boxing there ainít no two or three greatest fighters. There is no such (expletive) thing.

You either say the guy is great, heís all right. I said, who do you consider the greatest fighter of all time, whatís what I said?

JAMIE JACKSON: OK. Well my answer is, Iím not interested in what I think. Iím interested in what you think.

ROGER MAYWEATHER: I ainít interested in what you think either because Iím asking you a question.

JAMIE JACKSON: OK.

ROGER MAYWEATHER: Well who?

JAMIE JACKSON: Ali.

ROGER MAYWEATHER: No, no, no. Ali says heís the greatest fighter of all time. Ali said that, right. But you donít really know nothing about boxing. Let me tell you something, because Iím going to explain something to you, one of the greatest - the greatest fighter that put them gloves on to this day, right now, to this day, is Sugar Ray Robinson. Sugar Ray Robinson had the longest wining record streak in the history of boxing. 127, one and one. So Ali never had it. Ali never had 70 fights. So hereís a guy who had over 208 fights, so what does that tell you? He had 127 wins, one draw and one losses, right, one loss and one draw. Do you think thatís better than Aliís record?

OK. Listen, I want him to understand that Ray Robinson (ph) was 127, one and one, right. That record ainít never going to be broken. In his 30s, he won five middleweight championship, so who do you think the greatest fighter in the world is? And besides him, there was another fighter, his name was Henry Armstrong. Do you know anything about Henry Armstrong? Do you? OK.

Well Henry Armstrong was a featherweight. He won the featherweight title. He won the lightweight title. And he won the welter weight title. Remember this, and he (INAUDIBLE) with the middleweight title. This guy comes from 126 pounds. So - and he defended all of those titles that he won, he defended them 16 times in different weight divisions, something that ainít never been done in the history of boxing.

So what did you say about boxing? What did you say about somebody being great?

JAMIE JACKSON: OK. You want me to answer?

ROGER MAYWEATHER: Yes, I want you to answer.

JAMIE JACKSON: OK. Well my answer to that, and this is reason why I asked the question was, is this what motivates Floyd? Is it the glory of being considered the greatest of all time? Is that why he gets in the ring?

ROGER MAYWEATHER: Well right now - well if Floyd stopped boxing today, if this Floyd stopped boxing to this date, nobody in history ever done what heís all ready done. You know that donít you? Right.

JAMIE JACKSON: Yes. So the answer is yes, it motivates him.

ROGER MAYWEATHER: He won 6 world championships and never lost. Right to this day, if he quit, heíll go down in history as the greatest fighter ever put on them (expletive) gloves.

JAMIE JACKSON: Is that what motivates him, Roger?

ROGER MAYWEATHER: Say that again?

JAMIE JACKSON: Is that what has motivated him through his career?

ROGER MAYWEATHER: No. I donít think thatís what motivates him. I mean the thing with Mayweather Floyd is that, I mean Floydís been boxing, pretty much all of his life.

JAMIE JACKSON: Yes.

ROGER MAYWEATHER: So - and he believes what loves in boxing he believes that heís the most skilled fighter in the world. And heís going to believe that no other fighter can beat him. So, I mean he challenges skill. Thatís what fighters do. Fighters challenge their skill. If another fighter believes that he beat him, he got to put up or shut up.

JAMIE JACKSON: I mean, yesÖ

ROGER MAYWEATHER: I mean do this day in the world of boxing, I donít care how many titles they won, but there ainít no fighter in history has won six world championships out of five different weight classes and still become champion to this date. There ainít no fighter in history. Not Ali. Not de la Hoya. Not Roberto Durand. Not Kane Hun. Not Sugar Ray Leonard. The only one who ever done it is my nephew, thatís Floyd Mayweather, Jr.

So, if he quit boxing today, where would they consider him to be?

JAMIE JACKSON: So how much faster can he become, Roger?

ROGER MAYWEATHER: I ainít going to do that. I asked you a question. I said if Floyd quit today, what would they consider Floyd to be?

JAMIE JACKSON: Well, listening to the argument you put, which is very convincing, the greatest fighter ever.

ROGER MAYWEATHER: Well he only got one title right and stay undefeated. So if you base it on his accomplishments of what he done from 130 to 154 and the time that he boxed, he will be the greatest fighter on the planet, period. He will be greater than Sugar Ray Robinson because he accomplished more than Sugar Ray Robinson. He didnít fight as much as Sugar Ray Robinson, but he accomplished more than Sugar Ray Robinson in a shorter period of time, in less than 10 years.

So nobody in history ever done it. So, thatís besides the point about what heís going to do to Ricky Hattonís ass.

JAMIE JACKSON: So may I just ask you, Roger, then how much better can Floyd become?

ROGER MAYWEATHER: How much better can he become? Well, I mean you step up to the competition.

JAMIE JACKSON: Yes.

ROGER MAYWEATHER: I mean youíve got to step up when the competition steps up. The competition forces him to step up and then youíre going to step up. Youíre only good as the opposition that youíre fighting.

JAMIE JACKSON: Yes.

LEONARD ELLERBE: And this is Leonard. And really, as it stands out there is Floydís operating on a whole other level all by himself. These other fighters out there arenít even challenging Floyd. And to be honest, Floyd hasnít even had to dig in his bag of tricks to even take it to a whole other level. Because, you know, with all due respect to all of the other fighters out there, you know, the fighters are basically, at he puts it, ďA B C, 1 2, 3,Ē

You know, if Floyd really wanted to he could go on and win the middleweight title, if he really wanted to. So Floydís operating at a level all by himself. Heís competing by himself. Thatís why he challenges himself, because thereís not really no other fighter out there that really pushes his buttons and really that challenges him.

JAMIE JACKSON: OK. So in that case, Leonard who else is there for him to fight? It sounds to me just maybe - if itís all about the challengers, the fighters you could fight, heís beaten every one, is there anyone left who could give him a challenge?

LEONARD ELLERBE: Well really what that comes down is that, you know, in boxing now, as we all know this is a business. This is a business. And like I said, Floydís done everything that heís needed to do in the sport. Heís accomplished everything - what more can he accomplish?

JAMIE JACKSON: Yes.

LEONARD ELLERBE: I mean what more can he accomplish? Heís all ready the best fighter in the world.

ROGER MAYWEATHER: He can fight against himself.

JAMIE JACKSON : In that case, then, I mean is he, you know, how much longer will he continue because, as you say, he seems to have done everything that anyone could do, really realistically?

LEONARD ELLERBE: Well, Floyd will have to answer that. I mean, if this fight was Floydís last fight, I support him wholeheartedly 100 percent because realistically, what more can he possibly accomplish? What more can he possibly accomplish?

These other guys out there, they always do the same thing they call Floydís name, because all theyíre really trying to do is elevate themselves to Floydís level. And by using Floydís name, thatís all that theyíre trying to do. Itís all that theyíre trying- all of these other young fighters that are out there, they no where near accomplish what Floyd has done in a 10 or 11 year period. They havenít gone from weight class to weight class, and beat the best fighters that are out there, you know.

So, you know, really what it comes down to is that like I said, Floyd is competing with himself. Heís challenging himself.

JAMIE JACKSON: OK. Thank you very much.

CHUCK JOHNSON: Let me ask you as far as the quality of boxing in this era, as opposed to Sugar Ray Robinsonís era, and even the era you fought in, do you think the quality of boxing - I mean Floydís - Floyd, of course, being in this era is as strong as the era of Sugar Ray Robinson, or even the era you fought in?

ROGER MAYWEATHER: Letís say this. When you question if Floyd is the best - Floyd can fight in any era of boxing, any era, not just this era. He can fight in any era, because, you know, what when a guy can fight, fighting is the same 20 years ago as it was today.

Now, youíve got - now you had more fighters back then, but still you have fighters. And you remember, Floyd donít select his opponent, HBO do. Theyíre the ones decide who heís going to fight, who they want to see him fight. So Floyd ainít matchmaking himself. They make matches for him. So theyíve got to put him against the guy that they think thatís the best. Or the guy, the most high profile fighter that he can fight. Thatís why he fought de la Hoya. Thatís why he fought Diego Corales. Thatís why Floyd fought Castillo. Heís fought the best guy that they had to fight. Remember all of those guys are former world champions. All of those guys that he fought were former world champions.

So it ainít like heís fighting guys who canít fight. Itís just - in the era of boxing, the era has changed. Is there greater fighters today than there was 20 years ago? I donít think so. I donít think so because 20 years ago you had Cameron Harris. Twenty years ago, you had Sugar Ray Leonard. Twenty years you had Aaron Price. You had a lot of great fighters.

Iím saying but that has nothing to do with the Floyd company. It has nothing to do with - look at the era of the date. Look at who the heavy weight champion is, do you know them.

CHUCK JOHNSON: Right. So let me ask you Roger so do you think that might have something to do with people if somebody doesnít want to five Floyd credit for being the all time greatest - the era that heís fighting Öwhat Iím trying to say, the era heís fighting in, do you think that might have something to do with it?

ROGER MAYWEATHER: No. Because you know what this is like - you take Rocky Marciano, the only undefeated heavyweight champion, am I correct?

CHUCK JOHNSON: Right.

ROGER MAYWEATHER: Rocky Marciano is a great fighter - ainít nobody talking about Rocky Marciano is the greatest fighter, is he? Because people ainít no fool. People who know the history about Rocky Marciano. Thatís why the difference between Rocky Marciano - why do you say Al is the greatest, because Ali fought the best heavyweights in the world. Thatís why they called him the greatest heavyweight, right?

CHUCK JOHNSON: I agree with that.

ROGER MAYWEATHER: They call him the greatest lightweight in the world because he fought the best fighters. And he still beat the (INAUDIBLE) at the time, right. Didnít he whoop Sugar Ray Leonard and he called (INAUDIBLE) will be defended, one of the greatest fights in any era as well, because he beat the baddest middleweight at the time, am I correct?

CHUCK JOHNSON: So bottom line, you said, Floyd in any era, would have been the number one guy.

ROGER MAYWEATHER: Floyd can compete. Iím not saying he would be as great as he was. I say but he can compete in any era of boxing period. It donít make - boxing hasnít been changed. Itís that there were more fighters then, and then there were - remember this, there were great fighters professionally. You know one of the greatest fighters ever put them gloves on also? A guy come from lightweight, he won a junior middleweight, you know who that was?

CHUCK JOHNSON: Who was that?

ROGER MAYWEATHER: Iím asking you, do you know who he was?

CHUCK JOHNSON: Who are you talking about? I canít read your mind. Iím with you, Iím asking questions.

ROGER MAYWEATHER: You ainít got to read my mind.

CHUCK JOHNSON: Well thatís why am I asking questions, man. Iím trying to find out what youíre thinking. I know what I think.

ROGER MAYWEATHER: OK. Well I understand. Well what guy do you think in the last - letís say the last 20 years was a great fighter, lightweight besides Roberto Durand?

CHUCK JOHNSON: Who are you talking about Pryor?

ROGER MAYWEATHER: Pryor wasnít a lightweight. Pryor was junior welterweight.

CHUCK JOHNSON: OK. Who are you are talking about? Thatís what Iím saying man. We could save a lot of time, if you just answer my questions, because like I said, my answers donít mean nothing.

ROGER MAYWEATHER: Whitaker Ėhe was one of the greatest fighters in the world, period. Whitaker from lightweight, went a title at 154 pounds. He did like Floyd did. Now, if they had fought in that same era, I donít know, I mean he was a great fighter. Iím just saying that, you have great fighters here today. Itís just that Floyd surpassed those guys because heís the only guy who never lost (INAUDIBLE) because he keeps the same desire.

But my nephew always told me one time, he said, ďI donít chase no championship belt.Ē He said, ďIím chasing my legacy.Ē Heís fighting against himself. So thatís what heís doing. He donít want to be known as Floyd Mayweather a great fighter. Floyd wants to be known as the greatest fighter that ever lived, thatís what he wants to be known as. And if he retires to this date, regardless of what they say, he will be the greatest fighter that every put them gloves on. They canít deny him that because heís all ready shown what history has all ready told him.

CHUCK JOHNSON: Right. I appreciate that, Roger. Let me ask you Leonard, in terms of the year Floydís had I mean, you know, going into the year to now, kind of describe, you know, the - where he is today as opposed to when this year started. Itís been a remarkable year for him, hasnít it?

LEONARD ELLERBE: Yes, this has been Floydís best year to date. Itís been a remarkable year. Itís been a banner year. The things that heís accomplished inside the ring and outside the ring, you know, they are historical. And these are the things that, like I said, with the great, great athletes have done, you know, over a period of time, and like I said, what Floyd has the opportunity to do, you know, at the end of this year, is that you - here it is you have a young man who comes from humble beginnings that has accomplished so much in his career, and he went on and won all titles in different weight classes, and heís become a very, very successful business man. And what a lot of the press doesnít really give Floyd credit for is that, what heís been able to do in such a short period of time, is that heís established the model on how fighters should conduct their business.

And I think that that plays a critical role into the young and upcoming fighters because what heís been able to do is to show the world that the fighters deserve the lion share of the money. And with that being said, because boxing - the boxing is structured right now, we have the worst contracts in all of sports. And, you know, the thing what Floyd is trying to educate the young fighters on is that they should be able to, you know, be in control of their business. Be able to understand structures of deals. Be able to understand how the revenue flows. And, you know, with that all being said, is he has the opportunity to become the second highest paid athlete in all of the sport this year, which is, like I said, which is a remarkable feat within itself.

And those are the kinds of things that Floyd doesnít really get credit for is that the things that heís doing are not only for himself, but for fighters down the road. You know heís all ready established his legacy. But from a business perspective, you know, heís establishing what the model is about for future fighters to come behind him.

CHUCK JOHNSON: All right, man, I appreciate that. Thanks.

RON LEWIS: Two questions, first to Leonard, obviously Floyd recently announced his retirement in May, but at the same time heís looking to develop Mayweather promotions. Is he possibly in the position that he wants to keep fighting to actually - because heís Mayweather Promotionís biggest asset as a boxer, at the moment.

LEONARD ELLERBE: Well, Floyd established Mayweather promotions, obviously for young up and coming fighters. You know, what Floyd decides to do beyond this fight, thatís his decision. And like I said, earlier, I support him 100 percent, whatever that decision might be. But our focus is solely on Ricky Hatton, you know, 100 percent. Weíre not thinking about anything beyond December eighth.

And when it comes to Mayweather Promotions, weíre just looking to, you know, follow the lead. Thatís why weíre working with Golden Boy Promotions is that they have an outstanding company and weíre just looking to model our company behind theirs, and to develop our company into one day a great company like theirs. And weíre looking at developed young fighters along the way. And we donít - obviously, Floyd doesnít need to be - Floyd is obviously, the face of Mayweather promotions, but weíre not looking for him to be an active fighter.


CARLOS GONZOLAZO, PRIMER HORA: Yes, this question is for Mr. Ellerbe. You mentioned earlier about Floydís accomplishments and all of these young guys that are coming up using Floydís name as, you know, a spring board for them, is one of those names Miguel Cotto?

LEONARD ELLERBE: Well I donít - really to be honest, Iím being totally honest with you. Weíre not even thinking about Miguel Cotto or any other fighter thatís out there. Our focus is solely Ricky Hatton. You know, here thereís a guy, you know, like I said, Floyd has accomplished everything what he needs - heís accomplished everything that heís needed to do in the sport. These young and up and coming fighters that youíre talking about they need Floyd. Floyd donít need them.

You know, so really it when it comes down to it, you know, when you think beyond fights in the ring, you have to say to yourself from a business perspective, what is it that these fighters are really bringing to the table?

GARETH DAVIES: Roger, I think youíre a mentally entertaining and knowledgeable man in boxing. Can I just ask you to stay on the theme of skills? Whoís the most skillful out of Lloyd Honeygun and Donald Curry?

ROGER MAYWEATHER: Whoís the most skilled, Lloyd Honeygun and Don Curry? Well itís obviously, Don Curry. I mean he got he - that has nothing to do - what you asking me Ö

GARETH DAVIES: What Iím saying is Ö

ROGER MAYWEATHER: What youíre trying to ask me is, ďWell whoís the most skilled?Ē Donald Curry ainít no (*&*) Floyd Mayweather, thatís all to it. Floyd is the best in the (expletive) world. He ainít the second best. He ainít the third best. He is the (expletive) best, period.

GARETH DAVIES: But what Iím saying is just because boxers arenít the most skilled it doesnít necessarily mean theyíre completely written off.

ROGER MAYWEATHER: First off, you donít know (*&%#) about boxing anyway. So you asking me these questions, you ask the question, you want to ask - or you want to answer it yourself.

Remember this, thereís a whole bunch of guys who got skill, who got skill and get beat by a guy with a lesser skill. I never told you that. I never told you a guy couldnít be beat because he had lesser skills.

One of the greatest fighters in the world, Sugar Ray Robinson period. Now, Sugar Ray Robinson got beat my Jacob Lamada. (INAUDIBLE) outweighed him about 40-50 pounds, but still the bottom line is he beat him. But Ray Robinson (ph) whooped his ass five times after that.

Ainít nobody saying a guy canít lose because he had tremendous skill, ainít nobody said that. Now, if youíre talking about - if youíre asking me about Ricky Hatton and youíre asking me about my nephew, then you actually ask. You ainít going to ask me about Ray Robinson. If youíre asking about Ray Robinson and Jacob Lamada , well Ray Robinson whooped his ass five times. The fought six times. So that means, if you want to ask me does skill pay the bill? Hell yes? If Floyd would fight him five times, heís probably whoop his ass five times.

GARETH DAVIES: So in the event that Ricky did beat Floyd, he would presumably want a rematch, then.

LEONARD ELLERBE: Well let me - this is Leonard, let me clear it up. Ainít no way in hell Ricky Hatton is going to beat Floyd, so we can end that question right here.

GARETH DAVIES: If Floyd was fighting in the same period, would he have fought them and how would he have stood with him, do you think?

ROGER MAYWEATHER: Well, Iíll put it this way. He would have probably more with Tommy Hearns because of the high reach. But Floyd can - like I said, Floyd can fight in any era of boxing, in any era. Iím talking about in era of boxing. I donít give a fuck if itís the Ď20s, the Ď30s, the Ď40s, the í50s, the Ď60s, the Ď70s, the Ď80s, the Ď90s and fucking 2000 if he keep in fighting maybe 3000. But anyway, we all ready know he can compete in era of boxing. When you are a great fighter, a great fighter can compete in any era, do you think Ali can compete in any era?

GARETH DAVIES: I do, indeed, yes.

ROGER MAYWEATHER: Do you think Ali can beat Jack Johnson?

GARETH DAVIES: I think he probably could have, yes.

ROGER MAYWEATHER: OK, then. So certain fighters can transcend in era of boxing. So he just wanted to do - Floyd is one of those guys that can transcend from different areas of boxing. Durand did it. Ali did. Ali started in the Ď60s. Aliís last fight was in the Ď80s, right?

FRANCES WALKER: All right, I got the last question. Thanks guys for taking my question. I actually have two questions but theyíre short and sweet, Iíll be quick. Mr. Mayweather, Ricky Hatton had a tougher than expected battle against an old injured Kostya Tsyzu. He was seriously hurt and he struggled against Luis Collazo and in his last bout he demolished the fated Jose Luis Castillo. Is Ricky Hatton over rated?

ROGER MAYWEATHER: I ainít going to say heís overrated, but he ainít ready where Floyd is going to be. Floyd ainít going to make his legacy by whooping Ricky Hatton next. Ricky Hatton will make a legacy if ever whoop Floyd. Floyd is all ready considered the best fighter in the world, you canít go no (expletive) higher than that, can you?

So the bottom line is this, Floyd will want to seal his legacy - Floyd donít want to see a legacy and saying he wasnít great. Floyd donít want to see a legacy to say that he was great because he whooped Ricky Hattonís ass. Thatís isnít what he wants to fill his legacy with. Floyd want to be known and to this day - Floyd - if Floyd quit today, if he quite today in boxing Floyd will be known as the greatest fighter ever that put them (expletive) gloves on. He will be known as the greatest fighter ever because ainít no guy in history ever won six world championships in five different weight classes and still remain champion - and still remain champion ainít nobody ever did it and retire undefeated. Nobody ever done it.

So, if he quit today, heís be known as the greatest fighter ever. But he fights because thatís what he loves you.

FRANCES WALKER: One last question, and this is it, seriously this is it. Styles make fights. Thereís a lot of talk about how Ricky Hatton has the style to make Floyd Mayweather fight. Do you see Mayweather vs. Hatton to be the equivalent to a more competitive Mayweather vs Gatti fight?

ROGER MAYWEATHER: You see Ali and Joe Frasier?

FRANCES WALKER: Yes.

ROGER MAYWEATHER: Ali whooped Joe Frasierís ass. You know something about boxing, donít you? Iíve been talking about Ali with Joe Frasier. Obviously, you donít know the answer.

FRANCES WALKER: Thank you.

RAUL SANDS, MULTI FIGHT : Hello, Just one question for all of the readers in Latin America, a short question, itís about Carlos Valdimir . We know Carlos is just a quiet man, you know, very simple man, howís he doing now, you know, like the relationship with Floyd, training with Floyd and your training camp is so famous for, you know, a lot of music, a lot of laughing, so howís he doing over there?

LEONARD ELLERBE: Carlos is working great with Floyd. Heís like, I said, heís an outstanding fighter. You know, heís had a lot of - heís had a tough role in the sport. And heís had some success. Obviously, a lot of success, you know, towards the end of his career and thatís really what itís all about. We gave Carlos and opportunity to put himself in the great position, you know, with him fighting Floyd last November. And like I said, he brings certain - he brings something different to the table with us bringing him to work with Floyd. And like I say, heís a very durable fighter. And heís really outside of boxing, heís a really, really good guy. And Floyd and myself and Roger have a tremendous amount of respect for him and what heís been able to accomplish in his career, because one what you have to remember, heís not the most skilled fighter thatís out there, but he brings a certain toughness, and he - like I said, heís a very good fighter.

RAUL SANDS: OK. And Mr. Mayweather, do you have something to say?

ROGER MAYWEATHER: Well, I think that being Floyd all ready fought Valdimir any time you fought a guy, generally a guy - you fought a guy, you generally donít want to spar with the guy. But he brought him here for the reason that, that experience. He has more experience fighting than Ricky Hatton does.

END

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Article posted on 26.11.2007



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