Floyd Mayweather Interview Transcript
Kelly Swanson: Thank you everybody for joining us. I know personally this is the moment I've been waiting for. I'm so excited to have Floyd Mayweather back to boxing.
Article posted on 04.09.2009
Richard Schaefer: Thank you Kelly. I'm equally excited. There are 415 hours left; 415 hours from now to the time when Floyd Mayweather will make his ring walk at MGM Grand in Las Vegas on September 19 to face Juan Manuel Marquez..
It is a moment which fight fans and sports fans have been waiting for. The time is approaching fast. Mayweather returns and face Juan Manuel Marquez out of Mexico. Juan Manuel Marquez will be ready. Money Mayweatherís return is one of the top stories of 2009 as recently shown in an online poll. Heís the number one active fighter of all time on the pay-per-view list. With an average of 900,000 buys per pay-per-view, heís the number one all time pay-per-view star per fight. And by generating 3.4 million buys in one year or an equivalent of almost a quarter billion dollars in one year, he is the all time number one athlete and I'm saying athlete of any sport in generating revenues per year. This is fact. This is not fiction. This is Money Mayweather who is joining us today from his 22,000 square foot ďBig BoyĒ mansion in Las Vegas as we have all seen on the last HBO 24/7. What a great program that first episode was. And I want to point out this coming Saturday September 5 at 10:00 pm Eastern/Pacific, the second episode will air. For those of you that missed the first one, thereís a great rerun schedule on HBO and it is available in HBO on demand as well. I'm really looking forward to this great fight. I can't wait and it is a pleasure for me now to introduce to you the CEO of Mayweather Promotions, Leonard Ellerbe who will make the introductions for Floyd and for Roger Mayweather.
Leonard Ellerbe: Thank you Richard for that wonderful introduction. We at Mayweather Promotions are truly excited to be in the biggest fight of the year. And today on this call we have two great people; six-time world champion Floyd ďMoneyĒ Mayweather himself and former two-time world champion Roger Mayweather. The tag team duo is arguably the best fighter in the world and the best trainer in the world, undeniable. So next up Roger.
Richard Schaefer: How is training camp going Roger?
Roger Mayweather: The training camp is always the same. Isn't anything different about training camp.
Richard Schaefer: Is he going to be ready?
Roger Mayweather: You don't believe he will be? I mean everyone is saying he won't be ready, but he can beat the best fighters out there so what - itís no different that that. He is going to do what he going to do to Marquez. Itís the same thing.
Leonard Ellerbe: Okay. Next up this man needs no introduction. He' the best fighter in the world; Mr. PPV himself, Mr. HBO none other than Money Mayweather.
Floyd Mayweather: September 19, like my Uncle Roger said I'm always ready mentally as well as physically. Always prepared in the best way and I wish Marquez camp nothing but the best. And hopefully, we have a wonderful fight September 19.
Q: How big of a distraction have these incidents in the last month, hit you guys, you and Roger both, how big a distraction has it been for your training?
Floyd Mayweather: Well one thing is just to focus on the fight September 19. Anything else, I'm not really worried about. I try to focus on positive - I try to focus on positive things. Like I said, a majority of calls that, people do interviews most - only thing they want to know about is negative things, they'll never ask you about the positive things.How many different families I have and how many different schools I've given back to. Only thing they want to know is just things that are negative and we try to focus on positive things.
Q: Howís your rib injury healing?
Floyd Mayweather: Everythingís going great. Like I said we had a freak accident in the past and the only thing we trying to do is just move on, that was in the past. I'm a lot better now. I feel strong and I'm ready to fight.
Q: Floyd, congratulations on your pay-per-view success. I know through no fault of your own you had only been on pay-per-view a few times before the fight with De La Hoya and the fight with Ricky Hatton, both of which were blockbuster pay-per-views. And of course I do understand it takes two to tango. I think especially the way you promoted the fight with De La Hoya. I think that had something to do with the terrific numbers. But what do say Floyd to those people that think that you didn't become a pay-per-view star until you fought arguably two of the most popular fighters in the world, and that this fight with Marquez is going to show whether or not you are a true pay-per-view star?
Floyd Mayweather: Well you must realize in the past I was of course, I was with another promotion company. I don't have to throw no certain names out there, but I was with another promotion company that never took me to that next level.
Itís not my fault that I wasn't taken to the next level in the past. And, I feel that I always was a pay-per-view star. I feel that Marquez is - he has a good following as far as, with his Mexican background and Mexican people he has a good following. At this particular time heís Mexicoís number one fighter. So even in the U.S, I feel that heís going to have a lot of support and of course, me coming back to the sport - I look forward to doing just, I look forward to doing good numbers. And the main thing is, continue to just bring excitement back to the sport. Bring flash back to the sport of boxing and I truly believe I can do that.
Richard Schaefer: And I just want to add that, I agree with you it takes two to tango obviously to succeed and create these big numbers. But when Oscar fought Pacquiao, it didnít have the numbers and thatís a fact. When Hatton fought Pacquiao, it did substantially not as well. In England for example it did less than - it did less than a quarter of the numbers. So these are all facts, what the numbers were with Marquez and Pacquiao. So I think, itís really interesting, today Floyd Mayweather is on the top of his game. Heís the most recognized fighter here in the United States. I'm not making that shit up. Itís fact. Itís supported by numbers so, when youíre on the top and I noticed that with Oscar and I have the experience there, you always have a lot of people as you mentioned people Robert questioning. They always have a lot of people which try to bring you down and thatís the way it goes when youíre sitting on top and Floyd Mayweather is sitting on top.
Leonard Ellerbe: And also Richard I want to add on to that. Obviously we all know when Oscar fought Floyd, Oscar had been in about 18, 19 pay-per-view fights. He had never done over 1.25 million homes; so obviously when the fight with Floyd we broke records. And when it came to Ricky Hatton, Ricky Hatton had fought a couple times in the United States...
Q: But he hadn't been on pay-per-view, heíd never been on pay-per-view before so...
Leonard Ellerbe: Exactly. But just to go to show you the impact on what Floyd had in, not only those fights and other fights, but in the Ricky Hatton fight alone, Ricky Hatton had never sold out a fight and he had fought in the U.S. I think it was four times prior to the Floyd fight. So just the impact that Floyd has brought - what Floyd has done is unbelievable and really itís frustrating, to me personally that the media members don't give Floyd the credit that he truly deserves and the impact that he has. But all I can just say is that come September 19 will be another example...
Floyd Mayweather: Weíre always judged, and of course thereís nobody that, I mean, you look at all the athletes in the sport, weíre numero uno and I'm not just talking about me. And you just feel what I'm saying just look around the sport.
Richard Schaefer: When youíre on top of anything, you have a target on your back and thatís okay. That goes with the territory and the fact is Floyd can handle it and he knows how to handle it.
Floyd Mayweather: I can handle the pressure. I'm not worried about that at all and thereís never no pressure with me.
Q: You and Marquez are both known as great counter punchers. Who do you thinks going to take the lead in this bout?
Floyd Mayweather: Well of course, I'm not going to be on the call and say yeah, I don't worry about what - really what no fighter does. Like I said before, everybody - like I said for all 39 I had a game plan and for all 39, that game plan was to throw a lot of punches and keep pressure. That changed - the last guy I fought which was Ricky Hatton, his game plan was to keep a lot of pressure; throw a lot of punches. Marquez throws a lot of punches go to the body and keep pressure, and that doesn't work. So itís obvious these fighters are going to have to come up with a new game plan. Me and my uncle Roger, our game plan is just go out there and do what we got to do and thatís to win the best way we know how to win. It doesn't matter how we win as long as we win.
Q: Floyd one of the things that I kind of have always looked at in the two fights that you guys have in common, De Le Hoya and Hatton is the fact that your rivalry with De La Hoya made that a better fight and I think De La Hoya brought a lot more intensity to that fight. And at the time I thought Hatton was at the top of his game when he fought you and thatís why maybe he was harder to get out of there. What occurs to me is that Pacquiao did beat two guys that you had already exposed and perhaps even De La Hoya was maybe drained at 145 pounds.
Floyd Mayweather: Whoever this dude is we need to get him to our gym and we need to do more interviews with more guys like this. Whoever this dude is he knows boxing, he knows boxing. He understands boxing.
Floyd Mayweather: You done made me stand up in the big boy mansion.
Q: Okay. Go ahead and answer my question.
Floyd Mayweather: Well the thing is this. I mean you already said itís basically is like this. De La Hoya is more comfortable at 154 at a weight that heís comfortable. Once again when he fought Pacquiao it was basically that he was on a diet. He was training to lose weight instead of training - instead of training to fight.
Roger Mayweather: Yes.
Floyd Mayweather: And so when I fought - go back and look at the fight when I fought De La Hoya. They said he was over the hill. And I'm like how is he over the hill if we both are in our 30s. Itís no different from a fighter thatís 20 and a fighter thatís 23 I'm 30 and heís 33. Thereís no difference. But once gain when I fight him they say heís over the hill and so - but once again heís stronger because heís more comfortable. But then we go to Ricky Hatton. I made a blueprint on how to beat Ricky Hatton and when he went out there and fought that wasn't my daddyís game plan and any fighter - any fighter can get caught cold in the first couple of rounds in the sport of boxing. And once I was told before once you've been beat - once you've been knocked out you have doubts - you have doubts that you can get knocked out again. And I think that in the Ricky Hatton fight he had doubts.
Q: He also might have been caught in transition because he was switching styles.
Floyd Mayweather: I think he went out there with his head straight up in the air. And they still think he probably would have lost because he kept going up and down in weight and heís not taking care of his body like he should and he was getting older. And I just I sit back and ask myself, I've got to give you a lot of time for your question because youíre a hell of a guy. And sometimes I sit back and I ask myself, you know, questions like where was this guy Pacquiao when I was dominating - when I was dominating in the Ď90's. And once again you say to yourself okay, Pacquiao-Mayweather, but then they don't want to see Mayweather-Marquez but itís okay for Marquez and Pacquiao to fight. If itís okay for Pacquiao to fight every other welterweight but then thereís a problem for Marquez to do it and both of these guys are the same size. Actually Marquez is a little bit bigger than Pacquiao. So I don't really understand, like I said before, a lot of times, people speak on boxing and don't really understand boxing or really know boxing.
Q: One of the current issues with the sport of boxing is the decline of youth interest and participants in the sport. A lot of kids seem to play basketball, football, baseball, et cetera. How big of a problem is this for boxing and how do you try to inspire interest in the sport?
Floyd Mayweather: My fan base with children is huge. The thing that I think that weíre going to have to do me and Ross Greenburg after the fight, weíre going to have to sit down and come up with a new game plan. Me, Richard, Leonard, Al, and Ross are going to have to come up with a whole new game plan - game plan for the sport of boxing, a new promotion plan where we can show a lot more boxing, not just on ESPN and Showtime or HBO. Weíre going to have to do this thing all over again and show it on just regular cable TV. Show a lot of fights on regular cable TV and with, you know, get a lot of young kids back interested. And it just first challenge you have to put boxing on because kids are watching certain channels today. So youíre going get that boxing and promote on those certain channels and weíre going - and the doors going to be back open up. Well everything is going fine. Like Richard said somebodyís watching these fights if we are doing those type of numbers on pay-per-view.
Richard Schaefer: I think this is a very good question if I may add. This is obviously something which we are trying to bring the way you promote an event to a younger audience. And the way you do that is you basically embrace the new media and Floyd was very instrumental in doing that and embracing that and he...
Floyd Mayweather: Just like - just like the movie theater.
Richard Schaefer: ...movie theaters, he wanted to make sure that, with the social networks with the Twitter and the Facebook, the MySpace, the YouTubes, all these younger instruments to mobile. The mobile, we have AT&T, which is going to stream the weigh-in live to AT&T mobile users. These are all the young kids, the young audience. So you basically embrace the younger audience by exposing the fight to the medias which they use and which they live with. For example with shirts, I mean simple things; fight shirts. Fight shirts used to be sold the night of the fight at the venue. Not anymore. We embraced a company, which has the young market itís called Affliction. They are in 22,000 stores. These are the young kids. The young hip kids, which are buying these Affliction shirts. Well Affliction is making the official fight shirt. So you'll have the official fight shirt exposed 22,000 stores throughout the country three weeks before the fight with tags promoting the event. And so you do that. You reach out to the younger audience. And I think thatís very important to us as promoters Mayweather Promotions and Golden Boy promotions embrace the youth by bringing these fights to them.
Q: Normally two years is a long layoff for a fighter. Number one, would you agree with that? And number two, if so why do you think it wont really have a big effect on you?
Floyd Mayweather: I mean I don't know if the two year lay-off is going to affect me but I feel fast, I'm strong and my timing is there. And weíre in the gym everyday and weíre looking good. So I feel the same way as I felt before I left, actually I feel a little bit better. I think the break actually helped because I haven't had a break since '87. So I think, my body gets a chance to heal and I just grew mentally as a person because, normally you no longer can grow physically because - so I've grown mentally as a person and I feel good.
Roger Mayweather: Well I know one thing about layoffs and I know about fighters. If a fighter got skills - the greatest fighters in the world where people don't even know had layoffs. What did you think Sugar Ray Leonard had? He had a five and a half year layoff. He had two eye detached retina surgeries, right. But he still beat the greatest middleweight. He beat Marvin Hagler when he was laid off five and a half years. When Sugar Ray Robinson was laid off three years, thatís the greatest fighter on the globe. Ali was laid off three years. So I mean Floyd ain't going to be the only guy thatís been laid off in boxing. Most of the great guys - great fighters have something in common. They were all laid off anyway. All of them were laid off. Not just him. All of them. All of them who were good, what they called great, they all had layoffs and they all still had spectacular performance when they fought. So guy keeps asking about how you laid off, when you laid off. Fights are won by skill. Thatís all there is to it.
Q: The last time that I watched you on TV was on Monday Night Raw and there is a wrestler that told you that Juan Manuel Marquez was going to knock you out. What do you think about this for September 19? Do you think that Juan Manuel Marquez is going to knock you or do you think that this will be a bad night for the Mexican Independence weekend?
Floyd Mayweather: Another good question. I ain't worried about that man. The wrestling is entertainment - the wrestling is entertainment. On September 19 you need tune in. You'll see whatís going to happen.
Q: What about your style as a fighter? A lot of fighters are usually one or the other. Some guys are really defensive; some who are more offensive oriented but theyíre not necessarily defensively responsible. But can you kind of tell me about your style that it seems to have the perfect integration of both and where you can go counter puncher. Can you talk about your style in the sense that you seem to have the perfect combination of offense and defense where most fighters are usually one or the other or dominate one or the other. You know, offensive with no responsibility on defense and vice versa.But yours seems to be that you can do both as well as, you know, you can turn on counter puncher as well as real as aggressor at any moment in between a round. So can you kind of talk about that evolution and how you kind of developed that and...
Floyd Mayweather: Thatís just being well rounded as a fighter being able to - and I think that makes a complete fighter, you know, you got some fighters that can fight only going forward and I mean the thing with Floyd Mayweather he can fight going forward, he can fight going backwards. Itís just being able to adapt and adjust but when but being able to adapt and adjust doing it in a good way still being able to perform and look good doing it and doing it in a winning fashion.
Q: But a lot guys - a lot of fighters don't do that though. Why do you think that...
Floyd Mayweather: Because I think a lot of fighters are taught one way, one way just like Ricky Hatton just straight head to head, bulldog straight ahead. And they say he got a lot of heart but heart only take you so far once you get to the top level. You must be a complete well-rounded fighter. It takes a thinking fighter and I'm a thinking fighter. Most of the time, I'm not in there like all going - like take my time, pick my shots and be intelligent and be smart. If I got to beat them going backwards thatís what I do. If I got to beat them going forward thatís what I do. And a lot of fighters were taught just one way and the thing with me I was taught more than just one way. You know, my uncle Roger has worked with me and different days we worked the pads going forward, some days we worked the pads boxing and moving. We don't - we do different things so we can make that adjustment once we get to that bit fight.
Q: In terms of your record, it seems like you were talking about you don't get the credit that you deserve now that you think you should be receiving. If you look back early in your career back when you beat Genara in was it '98?
Right around that time, because I remember your first title. At the time when he was considered the greatest threat out there and you fought him and your immediate first defense. And you fought a lot of guys and Corrales and what not and all those guys, twice. What do you think changed? Because it seemed like then the perception was you fought the best guys out there and you didn't hesitate to take on those guys. And what do you think turned where you don't get the credit that you think that you probably got during that...
Floyd Mayweather: I'll tell you after I started - I beat everybody. So there was nobody else to beat. And then, after you go so far, just like I think after you go so far in your career, people want to see or people want to see failure. So I think the world is full of negativity. And people I think too just want to see your downfall. And, you know, I'll go out there. I represent for America which is the country I live in which is the country I represented in the '96 Olympic games. I represent for all the black ghettos around the world. You know, for first and foremost because thatís where I'm from. And I would never forget where I'm from. And thatís what I represent.And, itís just like in every athlete, they try to find a flaw to bring us down so they can say see I told you. So that's how it always is. But I'm strong minded. I have a good team. I'm hungry and you got to take the good with the good and take the bad with the bad. I've always said no matter what nobody write or say, I don't - the thing about me is I don't go on the computer and read none no way. So I don't worry about that type of stuff. Because me as an athlete, I don't read a lot of articles and anything of that nature.And the things I try to do is just focus. I'm going to do my job and go home, chill out with my children and thatís it and just live my life in a clean positive way. Which, like I said before things happen in life. Itís obvious that I'm where I'm at because itís where God want me to be. No matter how much man say, man down here on earth say. If God don't want that to happen, thatís not going to happen.
Q: I was wondering if both you could kind of take me through Floyd, what do you like about working with Roger as your trainer and if Roger, if you can kind of share the same thing as far as what you guys get out of this.
Floyd Mayweather: I mean I like working with Roger because of our chemistry, our chemistry is there are no arguments. Itís fun. And I mean heís not hounding me. Heís not hounding me. Heís letting me work. And he does what he has to do and he always has before a fight is the game plan - itís always the same game plan what he tell me is something that he tell me in my ear that I always take with me when I go into a fight. And like I said before, Rogerís a great guy, you know. I love him and I'm just wondering that why - like I said before, I just wonder why my Uncle Roger hasn't received trainer of the year. His fighters have been dominating since '96 and he still hasn't got trainer of the year. When all the other trainerís fighters have won and lost, heís undefeated. Heís still the trainer thatís undefeated also.
Roger Mayweather: Well - to be honest, I don't worry about trainer of the year, because you know why I don't worry about it. Because any time a mother like Angelo Dundee can get trainer of the year, he doesnít even train Ali. So anybody can get it. Shit, thatís just somebody give to you anyway. I don't need that to tell you how good I am. You see how good I am. I don't need any award to tell me how good I am. Because number one, when you see dudes get trainer of the year, you see a guy get trainer of the year and the mother don't even train no - he don't even train nobody. How did he get trainer of the year? He don't even train anybody. Angelo Dundee doesnít train Muhammed Ali. So how did he get trainer of the year? He watched Muhammed Ali train, but he doesnít train Muhammed Ali. But he get trainer of the year, don't he? Okay then. So that tell you trainer of the year doesnít mean shit. Because I'm telling you that now. I'm not worried about that. I'm the best there is, period. I don't worry about that trainer of the year shit. I don't care about that. I'm the best there is.
Floyd Mayweather: But you know, I just feel that my uncle should get the credit that he truly deserves. And he said that he shouldn't get it but, you know...
Roger Mayweather: I said that - you know why I said that?
Floyd Mayweather: But you could say but I would love - I would love...
Roger Mayweather: Heís the best - him and Floyd were the best junior lightweights at the time when they fought. And you have seen what he did to him didn't you? Okay then. You can't get it any better than that.
Q: Floyd, a little earlier we were talking about - somebody asked you about coming back from the two year layoff and how it would affect you. And I'm wondering, you said you feel really good, almost better than when you left.
But I wanted to know when you went back into the gym after the layoff, I know you were there a little bit, but not necessarily training for a fight. But at what point in your camp did you feel that you had shook off the cobwebs or maybe whatever rust there might have been and you felt back to what you had been prior to your retirement?
Floyd Mayweather: Actually I think when I started training, preparing for the fight. But I was looking sharp anyway because when I got to gym, I walk through some paths, work with my Uncle Roger. I was looking extremely sharp. But once I started boxing, I had to box a few times, box four or five times and the fifth time I started boxing I still was looking good. I wasn't taking no punishment. But by the fifth time I started sparring I started looking really, really sharp and looking really, really good actually. The first day I think I started back boxing I boxed eight rounds. So I think I was -I don't know who I boxed. Probably boxed one of my fighters, another welterweight. But then I was boxing this Filipino, this southpaw Filipino kid and good little fighter. I think heís with Top Rank right now but heís still trains at my gym. Good little fighter. I was boxing him. So I was working with a few different guys around my gym. Some guys. They are all - good fighters. And they got me back sharp.
Q: Also, we talked about Roger not getting the credit for being, the trainer of for so long in your career. And I know heís an integral part of your team and helping you win all these fights that you've won in your career. I wonder - I know your father is back in the training camp. I know Rogerís the head trainer. But could you just outline, describe what Floyd Srís role in your training camp or is he just there as an observer and giving you support?
Floyd Mayweather: Heís just - well Floyd Mayweather, Sr. I mean he doesn't have a name to what he is. Heís just heís my father. And heís there to support me. And my dad understands that Rogerís my trainer. But I love when my dad comes down to the boxing gym and support me. Who wouldn't want their mother or their father to support them? Itís just like when youíre a kid and you playing - you playing Rocky football or Pee Wee League football. You want your parents there on the side. If your parents there everyday, I mean you feel that much more confident. But I feel confident anyway but I feel - I'm happy, makes me smile when my mother comes and see me work at the gym just like when my dad come see me work at the gym. So I'm happy. But if my mother and my fatherís not there, I'm still going to be happy because I know what I got to do. I know I got to put food on the table for my children. And I know what it takes.
Q: Floyd, is he there though every day or is it a sporadic?
Floyd Mayweather: I mean heís there. He has other fighters he has to work with. He has other things that he has to do. And so I'm still going - I'm still doing my daily routine. And I still know what it takes. I still know what I have to do as a fighter.
Q: But heís there regularly though. Thatís what I'm trying to get at.
Floyd Mayweather: I mean he comes to the gym I don't know how many days. I mean one time he was gone for a little while but then he come back to the gym. Then heís been there the last - I think the last four or five days heís been there.
Q: I just have a quick question for Floyd and if Richard or Leonard want to weigh in, that would be great. Obviously the pay-per-view is going up against UFC 103 on the same night. Are you concerned just based on how well UFC has done in their last two pay-per-views that that might take a chunk out of the pay-per-view buys?
Floyd Mayweather: Well I'm here to talk about what I got to do. What UFC has to do thatís their business. This is about me and Marquezís pay-per-view and weíre not competing against any one else.
Richard Schaefer: Yeah. I agree Floyd. Weíre not really worried about it. The fact is we have the full support of the pay-per-view industry and all the main channels and everything, the marketing and so on. So that just underlines the fact that Floyd Mayweather is the pay-per-view king. So if you to pay-per-view in, see who youíre going to support. It is of course Floyd Mayweather is the pay-per-view king. So weíre not really worried about it. Let them do what they do and we focus on our own event.
Q: Okay. I just wanted to get your comments. This was being talked about - and they talked about how well you've done in pay-per-view and then Dana White said that you can't draw pay-per-view on your own. That you need someone else. That you shouldn't get the credit for...
Floyd Mayweather: I'm not worried about what Dana White said. I mean Dana White says what he says. It doesnít matter. I'm not thinking about Dana White.
Q: Just wanted to ask you at this juncture, having retired with everything your record intact, perfect ending it was. How important is it for you to make sure that you keep that perfect record intact?
Floyd Mayweather: Itís very important. I mean just me going down in. I'm just happy to say that I'm going down as a hall of famer and itís extremely important for me to go out there and perform and dominate.I mean I don't want this to be like Sugar Ray Leonard, Roberto Duran first fight. So I got to go out there and be smart, be intelligent and just listen to my Uncle Roger. And if I do that, we'll come out A-OK. But, when youíre going out there with an undefeated record and everything like I said before, when Floyd Mayweather is facing these fighters today, these fighters have - thereís no pressure on any of these fighters because they have nothing to lose. If Marquez gets beat 12 rounds, get punished 12 rounds or if he get knocked out, they are still going to love him in this country because he had a chance to face the best. And they'll say well you lost but you lost to the best.
And thatís no difference from Pacquiao. I mean and if I fought Pacquiao, I they were losing and then lost, when he goes back to his country they are still going to love him. You know what I'm saying? At least you tried. You faced the best. We still love you. But, I mean in the U.S. it doesn't work like that. It doesn't work like that here. So we have to work that much harder to stay on top.
Q: Yeah. I heard you mention Pacquiao. It sounds like you think that fightís going to happen and if it doesn't happen...
Floyd Mayweather: I'm just throwing a name at you because heís one heís one of the top guys in the sport today. So thatís one of the names I was just throwing at you. It doesn't me - itís like even like when I faced De La Hoya, it don't matter who it is, Ricky Hatton. You fight Floyd Mayweather at least for the win. If I win, thatís normal. If a guy give me a tough fight or even come close to winning, thatís abnormal. So everybody expects me to dominate.
Q: I was going to ask you about Pacquiao though. I know youíre focused on Marquez but what I'm saying is with that so - hanging in the air so much right now. Everybodyís talking about that being the fight. Would you feel like thereís unfinished business if that fight doesn't happen?
Floyd Mayweather: No. Absolutely not. I've done what I had to do in this sport of boxing. Whatever fight presents itself, I'm fine with that. I'm fine with whatever fight presents itself. Thatís the fight that I'm going to approach and going to be on top condition and I'm going to handle business. We don't go on and say Ďoh yeah, all roads lead to Floyd Mayweatherí. I don't have to go out and chase a fighter.
Richard Schaefer: Hey the fact is first Floyd is going to focus on this fight, because itís a very dangerous fight. And if everything goes well, thereís going to be line of names, which have contacted and called me already. They all want to fight Floyd Mayweather. So fighting Floyd Mayweather if everything goes well is going to sit back and see where he can get the best deal and the best, the biggest challenges and the best deal and that's what heís going to do.
Q: Hey, I heard Roger speaking a little bit about the whatever incident it was, with you in the incident. And I heard your, I think it was your promoter, saying that, it seems like you got - that you got a target on your back and things like that. Do you feel like thatís coming from all - a bunch of different areas? I mean not as far as only boxing. Do you feel like being a black man in America or being a successful black man in America like you are and coming from the bottom where you came from, do you feel like that plays a major part in you being, a lot of black people look at you as the underdog even though you are the champ because weíre always rooting for you. So do you feel like a target is always going to be on your back as far as for what you represent?
Floyd Mayweather: I really don't know. Jealousy comes with success. And only thing I can do is just continue just to work hard. That always come with success. You can read 300 articles about me. 250 are all said some bad - all of them negative but I'm the only fighter that hasn't lost. Itís just the other fighters don't speak up. Like I was saying before, only thing I - you can read 300 articles on Floyd Mayweather; 250 of them are negative right, but theyíre writing about me because I'm entertaining. Once again, all other fighters, they don't have as many articles as I have. Me and Richard Schaefer we had a bump in the past, but Richard Schaefer is one hell of a guy. I'm being honest. Heís done one hell of a job for Golden Boy. And a lot of people have given other people props but I mean all the props that I'm giving right now is to Richard Schaefer
He deserves the props. Just like my team, when Richard Schaefer gets with Al Haymon and he gets with Leonard Ellerbe, those two, they work magic, period.
Q: Oh man. I can't wait to see you back in the ring. I know this was delayed because of injury. But how anxious are you to get back in there Floyd?
Floyd Mayweather: Oh, I'm extremely anxious. I'm just happy to be back in the sport of boxing. I feel extremely good. My team is ready. I'm ready. And I'm just going to go out there and just perform. I love to perform. I'm an entertainer and entertainers love to perform. So, September 19 I want all the fans thatís listening right now to you guys' great show, I want the fans to buy pay-per-view September 19. You have to buy it. Itís worth it. Just check you local listing and check the fight out. You can go to the movie theater and watch the fight or you can watch it at home. You can have a fight party at home.
But you must tune in because Juan Manuel Marquez is Mexicoís numero uno. Heís one hell of a fighter, over 50 wins and champion in more than just one weight class and you got myself whose been dominating for boxing many, many years. And I left the sport for a couple years to take a vacation but I'm back to claim whatís mine. And believe me, Marquez is not going to lay down. Itís going to be blood, sweat and tears September 19. So tune in. And if youíre listening, you have to buy pay-per-view.
Q: Well your last couple of fights obviously again Oscar and Ricky Hatton were gigantic Floyd, but I'm looking at Marquez and I know youíre a bigger fighter than he is but this guy is so tenacious and Manny Pacquiao will tell you all about Juan Manuel Marquez. I thought he beat Pacquiao at least one of those fights. So do you just feel like because you are a bigger guy or I mean, how do you go after a guy like Marquez whoís so relentless?
Floyd Mayweather: Thatís why I'm saying thatís why the fans got have tune in. I mean what you have to do is you have to - you have to really, really sit back, talk it over with your team and really come up with a very, very good game plan for a guy like this. Heís a Mexican bulldog. He is going to come, heís going to counter punch. Heís going to go to the body. And me, I have to be smart and intelligent and I'm pretty sure my Uncle Roger is going to have one hell of a game plan for me, one hell of a game plan. And September 19 I will be ready and I'm pretty sure heís going to be ready. And I want the fans to tune in. Every Saturday - I know this Saturday the second segment of 24/7. The first segment was unbelievable. Tune in this Saturday for the second segment and just check for the - for the local times. I think it comes on at 10:15 pm. So don't miss the fight September 19 and continue to tune in and watch 24/7 every Saturday.
Q: A few questions back you mentioned that during your time off you let your body heal and that you felt like you'd matured mentally or changed personally. Could you say a little bit more about that, the mental changes over the past?
Floyd Mayweather: Just giving back to my American people. I love to give. I'm a giver. I love to help people. I love to help families that are less fortunate and I think I've been talking to Leonard and just one time I can remember I was happy. You know, the most - the best Christmas I had is when I went to the Las Vegas - the worst local schools in the city of Las Vegas and bought every kid shoes for Christmas. That made me feel extremely good that Christmas.
Q: And that was something that developed during your time off?
Floyd Mayweather: Oh, on my time off, I just spent time with my mother. I took my mother to the Bahamas. We spent a lot of time in the Bahamas. And spent a lot of one-on-one time with my children. My youngest daughter she was doing gymnastics and was cheerleading and gymnastics. I was there supporting her.
And my son, my oldest son was boxing. Sometimes he works with my Uncle Roger. Sometimes he works with my dad. You know, just trying to teach him the basic fundamentals to the sport of boxing. And just doing things like that.
And just giving back, my team - Team Mayweather, the other part of my team and what they just in the Mayweather Promotions office and the kitchen making sandwiches every day and going down to Main Street and just going downtown to where they was living under the tents. And it was extremely hot, 110 degrees, living under tents, different tents. And I'd just giving lunches away. That made me feel good. You know, it made me feel extremely good.
But, like I said before, they - you all can get - hear a lot of negative things about Floyd Mayweather but they never talk about the positive things I've done. But, you know, I have to take my hat off to HBO, Kelly Swanson, Leonard and Al. My team has stood behind me strong and we had a talk about HBO even Richard Schaefer, you know, and everybody talked with HBO and said, you know what, we show this part of Floyd Mayweather, okay, the flashy part. Letís show him giving back. And, you know, I want to thank everybody just for talking with HBO and saying - showing another part of Floyd Mayweather. I'm happy because itís more than just one side to me.
Q: Floyd and Roger, Roger entered his fights with Julio Cesar Chavez with a height and reach advantage thatís similar to the height and reach advantage that youíre going to have against Juan Manuel Marquez. Is Roger bringing anything to the training camp from his fights with Chavez to you? And do you draw any comparison between Marquez and Chavez?
Floyd Mayweather: No. Well I don't think that Marquez is only the level of a Julio Cesar Chavez. I don't want to say heís on the level of a Julio Cesar Chavez at all. Chavez is - I think heís the biggest fighter to ever come out of Mexico for starters. And I think that itís best to say that Marquez is more of a boxer counter puncher, but Julio Cesar Chavez doesn't get the credit that he really deserves. He was kind of a defensive fighter. He stayed low, crossed and he took - he was a really good defensive fighter even though Roger was able to hit him with jabs. But a lot of fighters wasn't able to hit Chavez. And he took a lot of big shots and he just started busting them - Chavez just started busting up or open - his skin was kind of opening up as he got a lot older. Because when he was younger he could get hit with all type of shots. Meldrick Taylor hit him with a thousand punches. His face was clean. And Meldrick Taylorís face was man beat up bad. So I think that Marquez - I mean I think that he opens up - his skin busts a lot quick than Julio Cesar Chavez. Chavez was a lot - a better boxer he went to the body a lot better. And heís a total all around better fighter.
Q: I think I'm comfortable in saying that Jose Luis Castillo might have given you your toughest fight Floyd. Would you agree with that? And what happened in that first fight? Obviously you corrected it in the second.
Floyd Mayweather: No. Absolutely not. I don't think that he gave me my toughest fight. I think the critics were only tough. I mean all you got to do is go back and watch the fight and put the fight on mute and you watch the fight. Like a said before, the commentators are always tough on me. I won the first six rounds clearly with ease and then he-- heís a fighter. He has to try to, itís combat. So in combat - in war youíre going to get hit in war. It comes with the territory. He landed a few good shots. Castillo won the fight because he got a few good shots.
Roger Mayweather: Base it on something different anyway. The fight was based on something different anyway. So it had nothing to do with it if that was the best fight. Itís the fact of what Floyd had. Floyd had an injury when he fought him anyway. So it didn't make any difference.
Floyd Mayweather: When I fought Castillo, I had an injury actually. Thatís what my Uncle Roger was just saying. I had an injury.
Roger Mayweather: Rotator cuff.
Floyd Mayweather: So, I had to rehabilitate because my arm was messed up in the first fight.
Floyd Mayweather: I tore my rotator cuff I think it was on a Thursday then I had - the fight was Saturday. But, I got through it. I'm a true champion. I can fight through anything. I got through it. I came out victorious. And we moved on. What else can I say?
Q: What would you say was your toughest fight then?
Floyd Mayweather: I guess - life is tough, dealing with a bunch of bull crap every day. That's the toughest thing. The fight is the easiest part.
Q: You were off for two years. I'm not going to go into that. But a lot of times I think that fighters take a lot of punishment in training and I don't know anybody who throws more punches in training than you. And I wonder if your time off helped your hands to heal. Because I know at the end of your training, after every training session you throw upwards of a thousand punches.
Floyd Mayweather: We try to stay well conditioned. The only thing we try and do. We try to stay well conditioned. If we show our opponent is throwing 2000, we want to throw 6000. If heís throwing 6000, we want to throw 12,000 and thatís just how it is. We want to be ahead. We want to be ahead of our opponents at all times, always. Whatever heís doing, we want to do it better. Whatever heís doing, we want to do more. If heís running four miles, weíre running six miles. If heís running six miles, we run eight miles. And then if heís doing six rounds on the bag, we want to do, actually we don't even do rounds. Thatís so crazy. By the minutes in the training actually. We do 20 and 30 and 40 minutes, you know, in the gym, straight. Non-stop. When I come to the gym, first thing - they already know. First thing I say cut the bell off. Don't work by no bell. Whatís so good about it, we've been boxing nine minutes straight. I mean we got nine-minute rounds. Our rounds are nine minutes actually. So thatís a good thing. And we got good sparring partners. We got good strong Mexicans. Good counter punchers. Hard strong, and I'll be ready September 19. What else can I say? I know you watch 24/7 so what do you think of what Juan Marquez is doing in his training, throwing the rocks in the mountains and all that stuff.
Q: Heís boxing.
Floyd Mayweather: This ain't a rock throwing contest. And if you want to throw a javelin or something like that, you get in the Olympics and do that. This is boxing. This is hand-to-hand combat. So I mean it looks good for TV. But come September 19, all that stuff goes out the door. The thing is this, thereís a blueprint on how to beat Marquez. Thereís not a blueprint on how to beat Mayweather. Itís going to be a great night September 19 at MGM Grand. Make sure you either watch it live from the MGM or at home or movie theaters. Itís going to be an amazing night.
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Mayweather vs. Marquez: ďNumber One/Numero Uno,Ē is promoted by Mayweather Promotions and Golden Boy Promotions in association with Marquez Boxing Promotions and is sponsored by Cerveza Tecate, AT&T, Quaker State, Dewalt Tools, Affliction Clothing and Southwest Airlines. The 12-round bout will take place Saturday, Sept. 19 at MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nev. and will be produced and distributed live on HBO Pay-Per-Viewģ beginning at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT.
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HBO's fast-moving reality series "Mayweather/Marquez 24/7" returns with an all new episode on Saturday,†Sept. 5 at†10:00 pm ET/PT. The four-episode series chronicles the preparations and back stories of both fighters as they train for their†September 19 pay-per-view showdown.† Episode one is available on HBO ON DEMAND.
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