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Audio: Mayweather/Mosley Trainer Conference Call Transcript

mayweatherR. Schaefer - Welcome, everybody, to todayís call. Eighteen days, six hours, twenty-one minutes, and forty-eight seconds as shown on the www.whoareyoupicking.com web site. Check it out. The fight has its own web site, interactive, a lot of good stuff on there, and youíre going to see on there as well the poll. Itís really interesting to see how that poll is shifting. A couple of days ago we had Mayweather favored by 52 to Mosley 48. In the last two days, Mayweather pulled further as the favored. He is now 57% of people think that Mayweatherís going to win the fight to 43% of Mosley.

Mosley had a great media day yesterday here in Los Angeles. An open workout was very well attended, and in the evening he went on the George Lopez show together with Oscar where he looked straight into the camera and said that heís going to knock Floyd Mayweather out. He feels very strong about the fight. He feels very strong about what heís going to do to Mayweather. Weíre going to release some of that George Lopez footage later on today..

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I mentioned before quickly the polls. Itís really interesting how the people are starting to engage and are forming their opinions on who is going to win. Weíre going to have as of Monday a never-seen-before push on all major sites, business sites such as CNBC, Wall Street Journal, entertainment sites, People, sports pages like ESPN, major other sites such as Yahoo, USA Today, Univision, L.A. Times, New York Times, Washington Post, and so on. Pretty much wherever youíre going to look all major outlets will have polls up, and we are going to provide daily updates on those polls where we summarize these opinions. It really looks like itís turning out as we anticipated with the Who R U Picking? campaign that we have people from the barbershops to the water coolers in the offices and so on talking about who they think is going to win this fight.

Two guys, which obviously have a lot to do with the preparation, are responsible for getting these two fighters in the best shape for the great May 1st showdown at the MGM Grand are the trainers, and it is a pleasure for me. Now, we have both trainers, Naazim Richardson for Sugar Shane Mosley, and Roger Mayweather for Floyd Mayweather, of course on the phone here.

Iím going to introduce now Naazim Richardson, a man who really doesnít need any introduction. You guys all know who he is, and his accomplishments are many, is considered to be clearly one of the best trainers in the business today. Please, Naazim, if you want to give some comments about camp, on what you see, what you think the fight, whatís going to happen.

N. Richardson
Well, going forward, a lot of things come to pass. We see this as being an outstanding fight once again that relies on both participants, but I feel as though if you check the history youíve never seen Shane Mosley in let alone a bad fight, youíve never seen Shane Mosley in a boring fight. I donít see that changing at all in this fight, especially with an outstanding athlete such as Floyd Mayweather Jr. Like I said, this will be a matter of us putting the strategy together and seeing what the outcome is. In fact, both of us have exceptional athletes, but Iím still confident that our guys can get the job done. I look forward to the contest.

R. Schaefer
Thank you, Naazim. It is a pleasure now to hand it over to the co-promoter of this event, the CEO of Mayweather Promotions. Leonard Ellerbe will introduce Mr. Mayweather. Please, Leonard.

L. Ellerbe
Thank you, Richard. Like what you said, Iíd like to welcome everyone to todayís call. Obviously, we are less than three weeks away from the biggest fight of the year. Weíre expecting a great, great fight.

Behind every great fighter, thereís always a great trainer. In order for Floyd to be able to have reached this level, he couldnít have done it by himself. Obviously, we all know that his dad taught him all the skills early on in his career, but in order for Floyd to be able to go to the next level, obviously, he had great direction from his uncle. Their relationship is filled with trust, and Floyd trusts in his uncle because heís a former two-time world champion himself. Anytime Floyd steps in the ring, he not only steps up in the ring knowing that he has the ability to carry out what his uncleís orders are, but to be able to execute anything that his uncle tells him.

As we all know, Roger is a character within himself, but what we also all know is Roger is a true boxing historian. Without further ado, none other than the two-time world champion himself, the Black Mamba. Roger, would you like to make a few words?

R. Mayweather
Thank you. My name is Roger Mayweather. Obviously, you already know Iím training Floyd Mayweather. Of course, weíre preparing now for the fight with Shane Mosley, which is not that far away. I donít think heís going to beó Shane Mosleyís a good fighter, and I donít doubt that, but I truly believe that my nephew is the best fighter in the sport of boxing period hands down. Iím not saying what Shane Mosley canít do, but whatever he can do, he canít do it better than Floyd. Thatís what Iím saying. I understand about boxing.

I understand about boxing because Iíve been around boxing all of my life. Theyíve both got tremendous skill. Thatís what makes a fight. Theyíve both got a tremendous fan base. Thatís what makes a fight, but come on May 1st, theyíre going to see why they call Floyd the best in the world.

There are a whole bunch of guys that are good. Good and great are two different things, and heís on the verge of greatness, so when it comes May 1st, when all this is said and done, I wonít even have to talk about how good Floyd is or how great he is or how, I wonít even have to say anything because all thatís going to be shared in the books and the papers. Theyíre going to say it all week, so I donít have to say much of anything about that.


Q:
Will Mosley be the quickest opponent Floyd has fought?

R. Mayweather
People donít even understand about boxing. One thing Iím going to tell them right now is to let them know that one of the fastest guys in the history of the sport of boxing was a 1976 Olympic gold medalist. It was Howard Davis Jr. He had tremendous speed, but he never won a world championship, and he fought guys that were much slower than him. Itís not about speed that wins fights. Skill wins fights, and heís the most skilled fighter in the sport of boxing period hands down.

When you start talking about on a skill level or how, Iím not saying Shane Mosleyís not a skilled fighter, but I said Floyd is the most skilled fighter in the sport. He understands boxing. Thatís what heís been doing all his life. Shane Mosley had a great career as well, but at the same time when you start talking about skill, then you guys understand. You know what Iím saying. He did fight Cotto, didnít he?

Q:
Yes.

R. Mayweather
Okay then. I even got asked that question. He fought Cotto, right? You saw what Pacquiao did to Cotto, didnít you?

Q:
Yes.

R. Mayweather
All right.

Q:
Mosley likes to get in and mix it up. Floyd likes to box. Do you see the two being able to mesh in the ring? Do you Floyd standing in and trading punches with Shane?

R. Mayweather:
Floyd knows how to win. Obviously, he doesnít know how to lose. You donít ask me that question. You ask Shane Mosley that question.

Q:
Shane says heíll knock out Floyd. Do you think Floyd has the power to stop Shane, or do you think this fight looks like itíll go the distance?

R. Mayweather:
What do you mean, the power that heís got with the steroids, or the power that heís got just naturally? I donít know what youíre talking about. Iím talking about the power with the steroids that heís taking or the power just naturally gifted to him himself. I donít know. Has he had a test yet? Okay then, so I donít know. I can't answer a question that I donít know the facts to, but I know one thing. I donít even worry about that anyways because he hasnít ever been stopped, so itís not different than any other fight that Floyd has fought before.

Like I said before, Shane Mosleyís a great fighter. Iím not taking away from Shane Mosley about how good he is, but remember one thing, remember this and what Iím going to tell you. You remember this. Youíve got a whole bunch of good fighters, but there are very few that are great, and the greatest fighter who put those gloves on to this day is Sugar Ray Robinson. Youíve got a whole bunch of good ones. They didnít beat him, though, but thereís a big difference between good and great. Floydís on his way to greatness. Come May 1, I guess youíll see for yourself.

Q:
Naazim, Mosley and yourself yesterday, I wasnít there, but in Pasadena talked about not letting Mayweatherís talk, no head games. Shane and you were going to block that out. You yourself dropped a little bit of a bombshell, and I want to just quote you. You said, ďWe could get through five rounds of this thing up 5-0. At that point Mayweather may just say, ĎForget it. Iíve got a rematch guaranteed. Try again next time,íĒ end of quote. Youíre quoted that way in the Los Angeles Times.

N. Richardson
I saw that myself. That was surprising to me today. Thatís not a quote of mine. Iím not banking anything on a rematch, and Iím not concerned about a rematch. I never look past the fight that I have in front of me. Earlier this month I had Karl Dargan in front of me, and thatís what Iíve dealt with. After that I had to deal with Bernard Hopkins and Steve Cunningham, and now I have Sugar Shane Mosley performing against Floyd Mayweather. I never looked to the next fight.

Q:
In other words youíre saying you never made that quote?

N. Richardson
No, I read it on the Internet the other day, a quote about me saying something about the rematch. No, I wouldnít make a quote like. First of all, I donít believe in a statement like that. I donít believe thereís any quit in Floyd Mayweather. Thatís first of all, and I donít believe any athlete at this particular level would just surrender after a couple rounds if it didnít go their way.

Q:
A question for Roger. Roger, how would you describe Manny Pacquiao? Is he just another good fighter to you?

R. Mayweather:
I donít know how good he is. I canít say how good he is because every time I see him fighting he must have something in his system. Anytime a guy doesnít want to take a test, that tells you already about the guy. Howís a guy going to talk about how good he is or how great he is and the guy won't even take a test. He won't even take a blood test, so you tell me how good Manny Pacquiao is. You tell me because you asked me the question.

Q:
Didnít you just say you didnít care about steroids?

L. Ellerbe:
This call is about Mayweather vs. Mosley.

Q:
All right, thatís fair enough, Leonard. Whatís your evaluation then of Pacquiao, and are you interested after this fight Ö.
R. Schaefer:
Forget Pacquiao. Donít even talk about Pacquiao. We are promoting a fight between two of the greatest fighters which are Sugar Shane Mosley and Floyd Mayweather.

Q:
Naazim, have there been any differences in this training camp opposed to the Margarito training camp, anything better, anything worse?

N. Richardson:
Iíve said this before, and Iíll repeat it. As far as Shane preparing for the Margarito fight and Shane preparing for the Mayweather fight, Iím very comfortable with his mental preparation. Iím very comfortable, and Iím more comfortable in either one of those fights than I was for the Berto fight because this is the level that Shane desires. This is where Shane knows he belongs.

Now, like we said, itís all right that I hear things of the nature, one side of the fence I hear people say undefeated, and they give you the impression because a guy hasnít lost yet heís great, but then they say the greatest fighter was Ray Robinson who lost fights. If Ray Robinsonís the greatest fighter in your mind, then you do recommend great fighters lose fights. Right there in that contradiction itself, it explains what can happen in this fight on May 1.

Q:
Naazim, one more question, do you feel that Shane was forced to hop through too many loops with having to agree to a rematch clause and having to do the blood test. From a trainerís perspective, do you think that was too much to be asked? He did anyways, but do you feel that it was too much?

N. Richardson:
Well, listen, Iíve said this to Shane, and I donít say anything behind my fighterís back that I wouldnít say to his face. I respect Shane. I love his approach as an athlete to his job and how he takes it on. I implore him to my heart as a friend, but Iíll tell him to his face I think heís a poor negotiator.

Shane wants to fight so bad he doesnít care. Shit, they couldíve convinced Shane that Roger needs to be one of the judges. But Shane wouldíve agreed to it because Shane just wants to fight. You can tell Shane, look, youíre going to have to tie one arm behind your back, and Shaneís going to fight. We can hold it in Michigan in your backyard, and Shane wants to fight, so theyíre really a lot of hoops because Shane comes to the table already with the impression as long as weíre fighting I donít care about anything else, tests or anything else of that nature.

My thing is to say if you are going to take something away from an athlete, the athlete has agreed to the test, and they talk more about steroids with Shane as they do the fighter who disagreed on taking the test. Theyíre still talking about Shane in an environment with something that heís all ready to take the test. Heís taken the test, and he hasnít complained, and he never backed down from it because they see this guy wants to fight. You see how eager he is and how willing he is because, trust me, Shane wants to get in that ring. He wants to get in that ring in front of the best, so his negotiation is out the door. He walks in the room ready to fight.

Q:
Right, one last question, Richard Schaefer. How are ticket sales?

R. Schaefer:
Glad you asked. Theyíre going extremely well. As a matter of fact, $150-300 and the $1000s are all sold out. I think thereís like 100 or so of the $600 tickets left, and thereís some of the $1250s left, but it will definitely be a sellout. We definitely will be going up with closed-circuit seats as well. Weíre going to be opening up some select 30,000 closed-circuit seats in Las Vegas as well because this really is a fight of historic proportions, and we will have those seats up and on sale within the next week.

Q:
Naazim, the problem seems that so many opponents have found with Mayweather is how to cut off the ring against him. What attributes can Shane use in conjunction with the game plan you devised to cut off Floyd Mayweather?

N. Richardson
First of all, I havenít read the passage that itís necessary for us to have to cut the ring off. Nobodyís gotten that documentation to me yet, so the game plan I have is that Iím bringing Sugar Shane Mosley to the table. Iím not bringing those other 40 guys that he fought. Iím bringing Sugar Shane Mosley. Iím bringing another decorated, documented legend to the table. Some of the questions are going to have to be asked of Floyd Mayweather and what heís going to have to do to deal with Sugar Shane Mosley because nobody said weíre going to come in and follow the cookie-cutter ideology that these other athletes approach theyíve taken when dealing with Floyd Mayweather. Weíre bringing Sugar Shane to the table.

Q:
Of course, those questions will be asked of Mayweather how he deals with Shaneís speed and power and power boxing as Iím sure will happen over the next few days, but we have questions to ask of how you deal with his attributes as well, so thatís kind of the question Iím asking.

N. Richardson:
What Iím saying is you cut off the ring if thatís your purpose to engage in that manner. You cut off the ring. If you donít choose to cut off the ring, youíre donít have to cut off the ring. You can't document to me fights where Muhammad Ali had to cut off the ring, so cutting off the ring is a procedure you take when youíre trying to imply a certain tactic. We may not be applying that tactic, so cutting off the ring may not fall under the umbrella of what we need to do.

Q:
Obviously, the one thing thatís different about this training camp is the drug testing. How from a trainerís standpoint can you characterize whether or not itís been intrusive? How do they approach it? When do they come? Roger, could you address it and also Naazim, how you guys are dealing with that?

R. Mayweather
With me itís very easy. My nephew can take a drug test 24 hours a day. I donít worry about if my nephewís on steroids or any other kind of drug. I mean, heís been boxing just as long as Shane, pretty much all his life, so he hasnít ever been tested positive. I donít think itís any more different now than it was when he started.

When you start talking about taking a test, take a test on somebody whoís already had steroids in their system. You donít take a test on somebody that hasnít had them in their system, but if you do, then youíll find out if the guy is the guy taking them, or youíll find out if the guy who said he wasnít taking them, if heís taking them. Nobody knows that until you take the test. Thatís what the test is for. People try talking about theyíre so much worried about the test, about the test, about the test. If youíre not worried, take the test. Thatís the simplest way to do it. Thatís what youíre getting paid for, isnít it? Guys donít get this kind of money that doesnít take any test at all, does he?

Okay then, so the thing of it is, he does what heís supposed to do. Iím not saying what heís on or if heís got something in his system. I donít know, but thatís what tests are for, arenít they? Okay then, so take the test, and thatís all Iíve got to say.

Q:
Naazim, Shane had said that the testers have almost become a part of the team, that he welcomes them, so what I was kind of looking for is has the transition been easy? Is it interrupting training? Is it just something that you guys have grown accustomed to, or did it take time to do?

N. Richardson
They havenít been intrusive, and it hasnít been a problem because, like I said, Shane was willing and welcome to take the test, and Shane Mosley has never been tested positive for anything himself, but like I said, the test has never been a problem.

The only thing I wanted to bring up in the situation and Iíll open this up to all the reporters and I open this up to Richard Schaefer. Anybody can contact me and give me information on this. During this drug testing thing, youíre hearing so much about drug testing. I wanted to know if, I was told that no needles were included, I mean needles of any sort. I mean, we canít take a needle anywhere in any way, shape, or form. You canít stick needles in your hands. You can't stick your needles anywhere. I need somebody to give me information on that because people were telling me about something about the deal with lidocaine or something being used in one of the athleteís hands, and itís only legal in Las Vegas. Itís not legal anywhere else. Itís only legal in Las Vegas, and you can shoot this lidocaine in your hands and whatnot.

Like I said, I come from the Ďhood, and the only caine I want to here is Big Daddy Kane. I donít want to hear nothing else about caine in any athlete or anybody else. To me that just doesnít seem right, so I need more information on that even from USADA so if Richard Schaefer or anybody listening can give me information on that, it would be a applauded because we keep talking about guys using this and all-natural. If youíre sticking a needle in your hand, itís not all-natural.

L. Ellerbe
Naazim, this is Leonard. I can clear that up right now. Just for the record, Floyd Mayweather doesnít shoot anything in his hands, and thatís for the record. That was a nasty rumor that was spread out there just because people like to do those kinds of things. Floyd is a clean athlete, and heís been a clean athlete from day one. Floyd Mayweather doesnít shoot needles in his hands.

N. Richardson
Hereís my thing. I agree with you, but this is a problem where people just keep running their mouth about things that have nothing to do with the actual boxing. When you bring up the boxer, talk about the boxer, but if every time you crack your mouth open youíre running your mouth about some nonsense from before, then everybodyís going to start asking questions about everything. If we kept it on boxing, you all never heard me step out of the line of boxing because I donít care about none of this other nonsense about nothing else but boxing. Thatís all thatís important to me. I donít consider Floyd to be nothing but a great athlete. I donít consider even the kid they were talking about before, Pacquiao, to be nothing but a great athlete. If I donít have any proof on anybody about anything, I won't say anything.

Shane has never tested positive for anything. He agreed to the test, but now every time they bring his name up, youíve still got to hear about steroids this and steroids that. Okay, the man already agreed to your test. What do you want him to do for you now? Heís not going to lay down for you. Heís not going to lay down for you. Is that just some mental, Iím going to keep trying to bruise him and beating him up, doesnít bother him. Like I said, I havenít addressed it at all. I havenít said anything to anybody Ö other than boxing. When I keep hearing this nonsense come out, then Iím like, okay, letís talk about everybodyís treatments and things. Letís talk about all of it then. You know what I mean?

L. Ellerbe
I can answer any questions when it comes to Floyd Mayweather Ö

Q:
Iíve got one more question, Leonard. First of all, thank you very much for doing that. I think that was important because, like you said, there have been all kinds of speculation and the way itís been written has been written as though itís presently happening, so I think that was critical. The other thing that leads into, though, Leonard, and you would know this, how critical, Roger, if you could weigh in, how critical has Garcia been in the wrapping of Floydís hands because we know he had some problems in the past, but I know Garcia has been very instrumental and if you could talk about that a little bit.

R. Mayweather
Basically, heís helped well with his hand, but youíve got to understand. The first part of Floydís career, when guys fight with little gloves on, thatís something different compared to guys fighting with pillows on. Thatís probably why a lot of times his hand was getting bruised and getting hurt, just the fact that heís fighting with much smaller gloves on. I think as you go along and you keep fighting, then you adapt. You adapt to what situation youíre in. You fight with those little gloves on, and thatís how boxing is, and you have to learn to adapt. Raphael what he did was obviously he made some adjustments on Floydís hands to bring his hands up to base so that he can be comfortable when he fights. Thatís pretty much what happened.

L. Ellerbe
Of course, Raphael Garciaís the best hand wrap specialist in the game bar none, and heís done a tremendous job with wrapping Floydís hands. Obviously, thatís why we brought him aboard. For the record, Floyd hadnít had hand problems in a number of fights, especially in the last few. What it is, like I said, what happens is that people are always out there looking for reasons to want to try to take away someoneís accomplishments.

N. Richardson
I agree.

L. Ellerbe
When it comes to Floydís hands, heís not having any problems. He doesnít shoot anything in his hands, and come May 1, Shane Mosley will see for himself what Floyd will be able to do with both of his hands.

N. Richardson
I agree with you full-heartedly, Mr. Ellerbe. People always try to take away from somebody elseís accomplishments. Thereís a whole lot of rap. Guys talk that way and mentally want to see what athletes with a whole lot of rap trying to take away from a guyís accomplishments.
Iím always the guy thatís, bottom line, if the guy can fight, the guy can fight. I donít need to stand on nobody so I can be seen. I donít take away from anybodyís accomplishments through my mouth. I feel as though these guys are young athletes, and theyíre doing their thing, and thatís why I stay on the game plan and on the boxing and what theyíre doing, and itís all Iíve ever said about Floyd. Iím known him since the amateurs. Iíve been watching him, and Iíve said I have no speculations other than heís an outstanding athlete, but you said it perfectly. People always try to knock somebodyís accomplishments down by running their mouth about something else. It couldnít have been more accurate than the way you just put it.

Q:
One of the major advantages I see Mayweather having is timing, and I think youíve mentioned that as much where the other attributes are fairly equal, but how do you prepare for that when youíre training Shane?

N. Richardson
Prepare for what?

Q:
Floydís timing, the way he times his counter shots is what I think is his one advantage over Shane is his ability to time shots. I wondered how you dealt with that in training.

N. Richardson
Floyd is an exceptional athlete, but like I said before and Iíll say it again. We sit down to the chess board. I donít see your queen moving any faster than my queen. Your rook canít take extra moves than my rook canít take. Bottom line, I feel as though weíre bringing athletes both that have great attributes to them to the ring, and then theyíre both going to have to make adjustments throughout the fight. I donít take anything away from this here. The timing is just one of your problems youíre going to face in dealing with Floyd Mayweather, but if you sit there and you try to depict everything youíre going to have to face with him and people start talking about sparring partners. Whoís going to spar like Floyd Mayweather? Youíre lying to yourself if you say youíve got somebody that fights like Shane Mosley. No, you donít, or theyíd be somewhere getting ready for their title. That fighter fights like Floyd Mayweather. No, you donít, or this guy would be a legend already. He wouldnít have time to be in your camp working with you. All you can do is train the athlete to the best of their ability and then bring him in and have him follow your game plan to the best of his ability and I feel as though Shane will be able to execute everything that weíre working on, and then Floyd will need to make adjustments as Shane will have to make adjustments throughout the fight.

Q:
Also, there has been a lot of criticism, particularly from the Mayweather camp about Shaneís jab. What do you think about that? Theyíve said that he pulls with jab, and Floyd is going to counter it.

N. Richardson
Iíll refer you back to Leonard Ellerbeís conversation earlier. The statement Leonard Ellerbe made covers a whole lot of what you hear about Shane Mosley. The statement that Leonard Ellerbe made was flawless. There are a lot of people always running their mouth trying to take away from an athleteís attributes.

Q:
I wondered what you thought about, Roger Mayweather has been saying that Shane has a subpar jab.

N. Richardson
Rogerís an outstanding trainer. Roger has an opinion. Roger might like to wear leather pants. I might like to wear corduroy. Thatís Rogerís opinion. He has his opinion about Shaneís jab, and itís going to be his job to do whatever he feels he needs to do. Thatís Rogerís side of the fence. He has to deal with that. If you ask me to respond to everything that I hear Mayweather say, I wouldnít have time to go train my athlete. I canít sit around all day and respond to everything that the Mayweatherís are saying and whatnot. When youíre going into fights like this, youíve got to recognize the personalities, too, and if I realize I learn something from every man Iíve talked to even if I learn not to talk to that man again. Once I know what I need to learn if I hear you open your mouth and you give me a conversation, Iíve got what I need from you, and then I keep it moving. Thatís what Iím doing right now. Iíve got to go be with my athlete. Iím not responding to something someone about my guy and somebody said something about my guy. I just say that I can't deal with that. Iíve got to go ahead and have my athlete do what he does.

Q:
A quick question for Roger. Roger, what do you think of Naazim as a trainer? How do you rate him as a trainer?

R. Mayweather
I donít know. I donít rate trainers because, you know what, I donít rate them because I donít know what theyíre good at. You get some guys that train. They donít even, whether they hold a mitt, theyíre good guys in the corner. Theyíre good corner men. They know how to make an adaption to certain things. Obviously, he must be because Shane Mosleyís one of the top five in the world. He worked for him, so there has to be something there that he brings to the table. You start talking to me about what ability that he brings, I donít know. I donít know the ability he brings, but obviously, he brings something.

Q:
Getting back to the question of the jab that you were quoted as saying that Shaneís jab is not good. Can you expand on that?

R. Mayweather
I tell you what. If I said it, Iíll say it again. What Iím telling you is if I said it, Iím going to tell you what I said. I said this. Boxing, number one, is all about skill basically when you become a real boxer. Iím not talking about no Sylvester Stallone shit, that shit they show on TV. Thatís bullshit. When you start talking about real boxing, real boxing takes real skill. Since you started talking about good fighters and great fighters and what makes a fighter, a fighter has to have certain things that makes him good or makes him great. The thing of it is Shane could be good as good as he is, and my nephew can be good despite being put on. It has to have some quality to it. When you start talking about his jab, this, that, and the other, yes, I said something about his jab before. I said a lot of times he just pulls his jab. Well, thatís what I said, and Iíll say it again, so what difference does that make? I understand boxing, so Iím not a guy whoís going to say I didnít say that behind the guyís back. What did that mean what I said. If I said you donít jab that well, so what? Heís the one that can make the objection for that. Ö

Q:
This first question is for you, Roger. Now, everybody knows about Shaneís power and his skill and determination in the ring. What are you guys doing right now to prepare for that and handling that on May 1, Rog?

R. Mayweather
Floyd and Shane are in the same situation. Shane won about five world championships. My nephew won six world championships. If the fight wasnít being competitive, the fight wouldnít even be made. As we talk about the ability of both guys, theyíve got tremendous ability in both guys. Both guys have tremendous ability, but the only way youíre going to find out whoís the best fighter here on that date. If you come to the fight, if you pay for the fight, then youíll see the fight, and then youíll see the verdict when the hand gets raised, and then that way youíll have a greater understanding as to what I said about Floyd and what Naazim said about Shane. Thatís what boxing is about. Itís how you get your guys prepared, and so itís what the boxing worldís about. The only day weíre going to know that is May 1 when the hand gets raised.

Q:
This question is for brother Naazim. What do you guys think will be the big difference maker in this fight that would prepare your fighter Shane of course to victory on May 1?

N. Richardson
Well, thatís a difficult question in the sense that there are several things that I could attribute to why I think my athlete would be successful, but that doesnít necessarily make it so. He could bring out another quality that night that could have him push forward in the fight. All we can do is fight the fight. With three weeks in when everybody can just sit back and get ready to ride this whirlwind, and then we just enjoy it from all of us who enjoy boxing. Like I said, Iíve never seen Shane Mosley in a boring fight.

Q:
Thatís right. Youíre right about that. This is my last question. I guess Iíll ask this to Leonard as well as you, brother Naazim, and you too Roger. Watching HBOís 24/7 this past weekend, there seems to be a serious dislike and disdain between the fighters right now. Are you guys worrying about that carrying over and maybe affecting the fight and their performance in the ring on May 1?

N. Richardson
I can't see either one of these athletes being that unprofessional reaching the level theyíve reached. They realize whatever your personal things are you keep that to yourself and deal with your job. I went to work with supervisors I couldnít stand. I went and did my job, got the job done because thatís what I was paid to do. All the personal stuff you have, you put that wherever you need to put it, and both of these athletes being around as long as they have and as successful as theyíve been, theyíve learned to put those things in the pocket and go ahead and do their job. 24/7 is a television show.

Q:
Is patience one of the things that youíre working with Shane on? In other words, if Floyd, we know Floyd does not like to get hit.

N. Richardson
Do you know somebody that does?

R. Mayweather
I donít know anybody that likes to get hit

N. Richardson
I know one guy that I knew that liked to get hit, and heís in an institution where he belongs to this day.

Q:
Is patience something youíre working with him?

N. Richardson
Patience is something that Shane has, and the thing about it is not only patience, but Shane has the professionalism that just reads through. Coming back to the show, somebody brought up 24/7. A guy stopped me at the workout the other day, and he said, ďMan, I appreciate you.Ē He said, ďI have my daughters watching that show.Ē He said, ďAnd I was so proud when I saw you speaking. I saw your athlete speak.Ē Thatís a part of Shaneís persona. He has the definite personality, so he seems professional at all times, so itís not something that I have to work on.

You donít have to remind him donít listen to what theyíre saying about you. Ignore what youíre reading. You donít have to tell Shane these things. You can tell that smile Shane has is not fake. He couldnít fake that smile if he tried.

Q:
You donít see him getting frustrated if he has to chase Floyd around to try to hit him?

N. Richardson
What you have to do with professionals at this level is that Shane has to do what is necessary to be done to be successful in this particular endeavor, and thatís bottom line. I explained to you all before. If Floyd Mayweather turned into a dragon in the middle of the ring, then Shane has to step on his tail and hit him with a body shot. Whatever comes to pass, he has to endure it, deal with it, make the adjustment, and then execute.

END OF CALL


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Article posted on 21.04.2010



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