By James Slater: And we thought Floyd “Money” Mayweather Junior was outspoken on the 24/7 shows he has dominated! Last night, Floyd’s own show, “Speaking Out,” debuted on HBO and the 35-year-old superstar sure delivered on his promise to “tell it like it is.”
Article posted on 22.04.2012
Or at least Mayweather told it like he thinks it is. Speaking about a number of issues with interviewer Michael Eric Dyson, Floyd touched on money (surely his favourite subject) his strained relationship with his father, his fans, religion, politics and his impending jail term.
Speaking about the upcoming June 1st, 90-day sentence he must serve, Mayweather Junior compared himself to deceased political giants of the 1960s: Malcolm X and Martin Luther King. Mayweather said that these two icons of the black race served their time in jail, and that it simply made them stronger, and he feels he will also get through the ordeal of being locked up. Mayweather also compared himself to boxing legend Muhammad Ali.
“I’m in the same shoes as Ali,” Mayweather Junior claimed. “They hate me when I’m at the top but when my career is over they really gonna miss me.”
Already, Floyd’s comments will have inspired a reaction from readers, but there was more.
Mayweather had the nerve, the arrogance, the disrespect, or, depending on your view, the self assurance and the earned right, to speak about the U.S President, Barack Obama, as though the leader of the free world were a friend.
“Obama is a truly great, great guy,” Floyd said. “You know, the coolest president I ever met. He got swag.”
So, how many Presidents, of America, has Floyd actually met? I recall rival (or should be ring rival) Manny Pacquiao spending a highly publicised few minutes with Presidnt Obama, but never Mayweather. Still, Floyd says he would be able to pull off an extraordinary coup if he ever got to fight Pac-Man in the ring: “Money” says he’d be able to get Obama to carry his belts during the ring walk!
“People want to know how much power Floyd Mayweather got….I can guarantee you this. I show you how much power I got, if I was to fight Manny Pacquiao, I’d let Barack Obama walk me to the ring holding my belt. Can I make it happen, absolutely.”
Surely only Mayweather would have the sheer brass to be able to come out with a “guarantee” like that one. Wow. Imagine if, for example, Ali had said the same thing about President Nixon ahead of his fight with George Foreman. People would have said the controversial heavyweight had gone way, way, way too far. Will the people say this is the case with Mayweather here in 2012?
One thing is guaranteed, Mayweather’s next show will pull in even more viewers. “Money” surpassed himself last night. A penny for President Obama’s thoughts.