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Roger Mayweather: ďPacquiao ainít doing sh*t but taking them mother f*cking drugs and taking them f*cking steroids! Thatís all the f*ck heís doing!Ē

by Geoffrey Ciani (Exclusive Interview by Jenna J & Geoffrey Ciani) - This weekís edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio featured an exclusive interview with boxing trainer Roger Mayweather, who is currently training his nephew Floyd Mayweather Junior (42-0, 26 KOs) for a May 5 showdown against Miguel Cotto (37-2, 30 KOs). Roger spoke about the upcoming fight with Cotto and the expectations he has for his nephew going into that contest. He also shared his views on the upcoming rematch between Bernard Hopkins and Chad Dawson, gave opinions on Cottoís professional losses against Antonio Margarito and Manny Pacquiao, and also talked about why he believes a fight with Manny Pacquiao is the logical next move for his nephew following the Cotto fight. Here is what Roger Mayweather had to say:

His views on Miguel Cotto as an opponent for his nephew:

ďWell I donít really see anything different than it was before. You know. I donít see anything different. I donít see nothing that amazing. I donít see anything period, to be honest with you. I donít think his ability has changed. With his boxing skills I donít see anything. So I ainít even talking about it. Cotto is just another fighter. Thatís all he is. He ainít nothing but another fighter. Period. Cotto can hit a little bit, but as far as boxing, boxing is really a whole different thing. Anybody could hit. They can hit and they canít even fight. What does that mean? That donít mean anything. So I donít think I see any more in Cotto than I seen in him last time. So I donít think itís no different than what he was the last time. So I mean basically as far as my sideís take, the same Cotto I seen years ago is the same Cotto thatís here now. Like I said I donít think nothingís different and I donít think nothing changed. I think it is the way it is.Ē

Regarding how his nephew Floyd has looked in training camp:

ďOh my nephew is fine. My nephew is fine. His training camp is going alright, and I mean my nephew is ready to go right now. If the fight was tomorrow heíll take the fight tomorrow if the fight was tomorrow. So my nephew is always in shape. He ainít going to go in that ring if he ainít in shape. Heís going to do what he needs to do as far as conditioning. I mean heís ready, so like I said if the fight happened tomorrow heíd be ready to fight tomorrow. So I donít think there is nothing different than we always do. We always train. We always prepare himself. So hey! So thatís it.Ē

On what he expects from Cotto in the fight:

ďThe only thing Cotto can do! The only thing Cotto can do against my nephew is press my nephew. Thatís the only thing he can do. He canít box better than my nephew! His defense ainít better than my nephew! His boxing skills ainít better than my nephew! So the only thing Cotto can do is press my nephew. Thatís the only thing he can do, because as far as boxing that ainít even a concern as far as his boxing skills compared to my nephew. The only thing he can do with my nephew is press my nephew! Thatís the only thing he can do! He canít outbox my nephew! He donít got more skills than my nephew. So! Thatís the only thing he can do! My nephew, in this era in boxing, is the best thatís out there. Period! Heís the best thatís out there period, skill-wise in boxing! I mean Cottoís going to do what he needs to do but hey, just like I said, my nephew knows how to deal with all that! I mean he deals with all kinds of styles so I donít think itís anything different than the fighters that he fought before.Ē

His views on the fact that his nephewís fight with Cotto will be taking place at 154 pounds:

ďThat donít mean anything. Weight donít win fights. Skills do. So weight donít mean anything. Weight donít mean nothing! Period! Remember my nephewís already been at 154 pounds when he whopped De La Hoya, and he wasnít 154 then! So it ainít about weight. Weight donít win anything. Skills do. Boxing skills win fights. As far as my nephew fighting Cotto, my nephew knows what heís up against in Cotto and he knows what he has to do. My nephew boxes guys over his weight. I mean as long as heís sparring thatís what heís doing. So I donít think itís anything different.Ē

His views on people who think Cotto is still an elite fighter following his losses to Antonio Margarito and Manny Pacquiao:

ďWell see I donít know what they think about Cotto, but at the same time that donít have nothing to do with Floyd. Floyd would have whopped Cotto before Pacquiao and any of those other guys whopped him anyway. That donít mean anything. I see what theyíre saying about Cotto, because any time a guy, when he fought Margarito, I mean the guy was dirty! I think that does take a little bit out of a fighter because of what he done to him. But hey! He still came back and became champion. The thing of it is that guy should have been banned from boxing. Any time a guy has illegal sh*t on his hand he should be banned from boxing anyway! Period! I donít care who he fought! It didnít have to be Cotto. He should be banned from boxing period! So any time a guy hits somebody with something illegal in his hands, heís supposed to be banned from boxing anyway! Period! How is somebody going to let somebody hit you with something to hurt you? I mean what he had in him could have ruined his career period! So this guy should be f*cking banned from boxing!Ē

On whether he thinks Cotto is a tougher opponent now than De La Hoya was when Floyd faced him at 154:

ďWhich one I think was better? De La Hoya would have been better because De La Hoya hadnít already lost! See he didnít outbox him though, whether people know it or not. When fighters lose they lose something. They lose something about themselves until theyíre actually back to start winning again. So in the fight that Cotto did lose the guy had illegal handwraps anyway! He should be f*cking banned from boxing! Talk about how he beat Cotto. He didnít beat Cotto! The sh*t in the handwraps he had whopped Cotto! So it wasnít him! It wasnít no skills that he brought to the table that beat Cotto! Itís the illegal sh*t that he had in his hands that beat Cotto! So he started talking about how he should be banned from boxing! Period! They start to talk about banning somebody! Any time some guy has illegal sh*t in his hands, they need to ban his ass anyway! So thatís just the way it should be. I mean he wasnít beating Cotto. What he had on his hands whopped Cotto. It wasnít him! Skill-wise it wasnít him. So thatís a different thing about boxing. When a guy gets beat fairly and squarely, I mean listen! Pacquiao didnít whop Cotto anyway! I mean they gave him a win, but that mother f*cker didnít whop Cotto anyway! I mean they gave him the win, but that mother f*cker never even took a test! And Margarito didnít whop Cotto either! Any time somebody beats you, if they beat you they beat you fairly and they beat you squarely. Thatís how you beat me! You donít beat me with all that illegal sh*t! That ainít the way to beat a fighter. The way Cottoís going to get beat is the way my nephew will beat him, and my nephew donít take none of that sh*t! He donít put none of that sh*t in his body! If you take a test on my nephew they ainít going to find nothing! Period! He donít need nothing to whop Cotto. So you start talking about these guys doing this, but those guys never whopped Cotto fairly and squarely. Margarito never whopped Cotto fairly and squarely. Pacquiao ainít never whopped Cotto fairly and squarely. So what does that mean? They got a win over Cotto, but them mother f*ckers didnít beat Cotto. They didnít beat him for real. Thatís just the way it is.Ē

Regarding comments made by Sugar Shane Mosley where he said he gives Cotto a chance of beating Mayweather because Cotto had an outstanding jab:

ďLet me tell you something! Shane Mosley canít even talk! My nephew whopped his ass every round! And he struggled with f*cking Cotto! Now what does that tell you? People canít tell me about boxing! I know about boxing! I know about boxing and I know how to train fighters. Iíve been training fighters since I was a little kid. And you seen how easy my nephew whopped his ass didnít you? Alright then! So howís he going to mention about Cotto when he got his ass whopped! He struggled with Cotto! Floyd dinít! He struggled with Cotto! Floyd didnít struggle with anybody! Howís he going to mention about what Floydís going to do with Cotto when Floyd already whopped his ass! He didnít win one round, and if he did win one he did win one! So he canít mention about what my nephew would do with Cotto, because he got his ass whopped so easy by my nephew it donít even make sense! He shouldnít be talking about my nephew!Ē

His evaluation of Cottoís jab as a weapon:

ďI donít think about none of that sh*t! Because you know what? Anything Cotto can do my nephew can counter that sh*t! It donít even make no difference about what Cotto can do. That sh*t donít mean anything to me! I know about boxing! That sh*t donít mean anything to me about what Cotto can do this, Cotto can do that. He probably can do that with somebody else. He canít do that sh*t with my nephew! Thatís the difference. Talking about what Cotto can do! I donít give a f*ck what Cotto can do, because that sh*t donít mean nothing to me! And whatever he can do, my nephew can do it ten times f*cking better! So Iím not even worried about what the f*ck Cotto can do! Cotto maybe can punch. Cotto maybe has a good jab. I donít give a f*ck about none of that! None of that donít mean anything to me because this is boxing, and when it comes to the boxing world my nephew is the best in the sport of boxing. Heís the best today in the sport of boxing. Period. So there ainít none of that about he can do this, he can do that, he can do this, he can do that. My nephew is the best defensive fighter in boxing and he got way more skills than Cotto, so I ainít worried about that. I donít worry about that. I donít worry about what people say. Half the people talking donít know sh*t about boxing anyway! They just talk to talk! They donít know nothing about boxing! They donít know how to counter this or deflect that! They donít know anything about boxing! People who talk about boxing, they talk about what they see! They donít even know what they see! Well why doesnít he do this? I say well what is that? What is that that heís doing? Alright then! You donít know sh*t! Shut up! You donít know nothing about boxing! Period! I know because I see people in the sport every day that train everyday and they donít know nothing about boxing at all! Period! Talk about what he can do. Boom boom! Maybe he can do that! Maybe he can do that, but hey! He ainít doing that sh*t with my nephew. So thatís what it is.Ē

On whether he believes it is important for his nephew to stop Cotto quicker than Pacquiao did:

ďListen here. First off, Pacquiao didnít stop Cotto! So we ainít going to talk about Pacquiao doing any mother f*cking thing to my nephew. Pacquiao ainít going to do but one thing to my nephewóhe going to get his ass knocked out! Period! As far as Pacquiao and Pacquiao whopping Cotto, I donít even think about what Pacquiao did to Cotto because number one, everybody knows what f*cking Pacquiao got in him any mother f*cking way! There ainít a guy in this history of boxing period that comes from that weight division and been knocked out twice to ever beat anybody at 125 pounds, ever beat anybody at 130, 135, 40, 47, or 50! I know boxing! So I ainít going to talk about what Pacquiao can do, because Pacquiao didnít do sh*t to Cotto! The only thing Pacquiao did to Cotto is he went in there with that sh*t in him! In the history of boxing there ainít never been a guy 105 pounds ever to beat anybody at 125, 130, 35, 40, 47, or 50! I know boxing! Nobody got to tell me about boxing! The last three fighters ever to come up from that weight division, number one of them is Henry Armstrong! Henry Armstrong started at featherweight, he won the lightweight, he won the welterweight, and he fought a draw for the middleweight! Okay! The next guy ever to come from that weight division was Roberto Duran! Roberto Duran started at 35 and jumped up to 47 to whop Ray Leonard, jumped up to 54 to whop Davey Moore, jumped up to 160 pounds to whop Iran Barkley! The last great fighter ever to come from that weight started at 130, 35, 40, 47, and jumped up to 54 to whop De La Hoyaís ass and you know who that is! I ainít even got to tell you. So donít tell me about Pacquiao! Pacquiao ainít doing sh*t but taking them mother f*cking drugs and taking them f*cking steroids! Thatís all the f*ck heís doing! He ainít doing sh*t! He ainít whopped no mother f*cking elite fighters! When my nephew takes that test, he takes it and you donít find sh*t in him! Alright then! The rest of these mother f*ckers are taking all this bullsh*t and thatís what heís doing! There ainít no way in the world a guy at 100 and f*cking five pounds who got his ass whopped twice got his ass whopped by Erik Morales! Now there ainít never been a guy at 105 pounds beat a mother f*cker at 125 pounds, 130 pounds, 35, 40, 47, or 50, and the only way he can ever possibly do that is he has to have that sh*t in him! Now I know boxing so thatís what Iím telling you!Ē

His views on recent comments made On the Ropes by his brother Floyd Mayweather Senior who said he expects his son to beat Cotto by counterpunching but that he is disappointed his son has not thrown more punches in recent fights:

ďListen, listen, listen! Tell my brother to shut his ass up! He donít train Floyd! I do! He must throw enough punches! Didnít he knockout Victor Ortiz? Alright then! So we ainít worried about what the f*ck heís saying! What he says donít mean anything. He ainít training nobody. So what does that mean? What does that mean to me? Iíve been training Floyd for fifteen years! You think I worry about what my brother would say? Huh? What my brother would say wouldnít mean sh*t to me! I donít remember my brother training his son in the last fifteen years. So what does that mean? What do you think that would mean to me? It wouldnít mean sh*t to me about what my brother would say or what he wouldnít say! It doesnít matter!Ē

On whether we can expect to see his nephew throw more punches in his fight against Cotto:

ďListen, listen, listen. Iím going to tell you about the fight with Cotto. You ainít got to worry about that. My nephewís got everything to lose. Cottoís already lost already. He ainít got to worry about what my nephewís got! His Daddy ainít got to worry about what my nephewís got! My nephewís been champion fifteen years with me. Actually heís been champion sixteen years with me. So my nephewís been champion longer than Joe Louis, so obviously heís done something right! Talking about all that Cotto sh*t donít mean nothing to me! It donít mean nothing to me period!Ē

On whether that means we can expect to see Floyd focus primarily on counterpunching against Cotto:

ďFloydís going to be Floyd! Floydís going to be Floyd, so if Floydís going to be Floyd, Floyd knows how to win. He donít know how to lose obviously. So thatís what that tells you about boxing.Ē

His views on the upcoming rematch between Bernard Hopkins and Chad Dawson:

ďI think itís going to be a close fight. I mean Bernard is getting up there in age, but itís a pickíem fight though. Itís a pickíem fight. I mean I think itís a close fight but itís a pickíem fight though. I canít say who will actually win, but I just know itís a close fight. I know whatever goes down the fight is going to be close one way or the other.Ē

On whether he has ever seen a fighter quite like Bernard Hopkins:

ďYeah I have seen George Foreman. George Foreman was a heavyweight champion. George Foreman won the title at 45 years old. George Foremanís the oldest heavyweight champion in the world, and George Foreman was laid off ten years and came back to win the title. Heís the oldest champion ever since Bernard Hopkins fought. Him and Hopkins are the oldest champions ever as far as the heavyweight division. The last champion won the title at 38 or 39. That was the last champion in the heavyweight division. Bernard Hopkins is the oldest heavyweight champion in the middleweight division. I mean thatís a great accomplishment for a guy to win a title that late, but hey! I mean he dedicated his work to it so, I donít think nothing is impossible.Ē

On whether he believes his nephew can continue fighting into his 40s:

ďYeah he can fight in his 40s. I think my nephew can fight in his 40s. My nephew is a skilled fighter. My nephew ainít taken no bunch of punishment or no bunch of beatings. George Foreman like we said fought until he was 45 years old, but you have to remember George Foreman is a heavyweight and heís a heavyweight with a big punch. So George Foreman stopped most of the guys that he ever fought anyway, so I can see why he was able to fight into those later years. But when you start fighting with a guy like my nephew, he depends on his skills, his boxing skills to survive. As long as he donít get beat up and take unnecessary punishment, sh*t! My nephew can fight as long as he stays in shape and stays in condition. Heíll fight in his 40s if he can. Iím going to be with him, but you donít fight to lose. You fight to win.Ē

His views on which fighter out there could be a match for his nephew since he believes Cotto is no match for him:

ďListen. I never said he was no match for my nephew. I said he doesnít have skills that my nephew does, and as far as boxing Cottoís a good fighter. But theyíre on two different levels about boxing skill-wise. Cotto is a good competitor. Heís going to give my nephew a competitive fight. Heís going to do that, but my nephew is going to do what he has to do to win. Heís going to do what he has to do to win and skills pay the bills. Thatís all I know last time I checked.Ē

On whether he believes his nephew will eventually be beaten by age or by another elite fighter:

ďProbably it will be age. It will probably be age. It will probably be age before anything else. It will probably be age. I canít say. It will probably be age. I canít see any of these guys out here today beating him. I canít see it. He pretty much fought all the elite fighters from 130-54 pounds. He fought all the elite fighters out there. He fought Shane Mosley. He fought De La Hoya. He fought Diego Corrales. He fought that kid out of Phoenix, Arizona. He fought pretty much everybody. Like I said if anything would beat him, if he stays around long enough it would be age. It would be age that would beat him, because when you talk about age it deteriorates some of your skills. If my nephew keeps fighting more often heís going to have a much longer career. Heís fighting four or five months from when he fought last time. He will be more active skill-wise, but if you start fighting every eleven months or every ten months like that like that, thatís too long. That deteriorates you when you just sit around waiting. You know if youíre sitting around waiting and you ainít doing nothing then thatís going to deteriorate you as far as boxing goes. Ainít nobody going to be young forever, but as long as he keeps fighting like every four or five months, then heíll last that much longer.Ē

Regarding what he believes will be next for his nephew after this fight:

ďWell hopefully we get this out of the way and there wonít be no more reason for why Pacquiao donít fight my nephew. That should be the next fight on the board. Wouldnít it? Since he quotes so much about wanting to fight my nephew? So that should be the next fight on the board. I canít see why not. And then youíll find out what the truth is. Then youíll find out if he can whop my nephew. People keep asking all these questions. Oh! Pacaquiao will whop your nephew, heíll do this, heíll do that. Then all you got to do is make the fight. Make the fight! After this they can make it. Make the fight happen after this and then weíll see. Then youíll find out what the truth is. Ainít no way in the world a guy that size is going to whop my mother f*cking nephew period, and heís going to take that test. Ainít no way in the world a guy like Pacquiao is going to whop my nephew. Period! Everybody knows. Everybody knows what heís got to do. They donít got to take a test on my nephew! They got to take a test on Pacquiao! So thatís all they got to do, and once they take that test and he donít got that sh*t in him heís going to get his ass knocked out anyway! I ainít saying heís going to get whopped. Iím saying heís going to get knocked out. Heís been knocked out twice. What difference does it make? He got knocked out twice at 105 pounds! You think all of a sudden heís that much better at 147? Huh? Everybody knows. Thatís all I got to say.Ē

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