I had a chance to speak with cruiserweight contender and boxing commentator, BJ ‘El Peligroso’ Flores to discuss the latest news on his career and get his views on the boxing scene. BJ shares with us what he has lined up in his future as he continues to move closer to fighting for a cruiserweight belt. Flores also gave his insight into the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight and spoke on the public’s perception of the bout. Additionally, BJ speaks about the rise of the Premier Boxing Champions series and the recently announce bout between Amir Khan and Chris Algieri. Here is what BJ Flores had to say.
Robert Brown: We have had an influx of boxing back on free television recently with the first Premier Boxing Champions telecasts. How do you think it’s gone and are you happy with the ratings results?
BJ Flores: The ratings have been great, the first show had almost 4.5 million viewers at the peak time. It was the highest rated boxing program besides the show that Oscar De La Hoya did on CBS almost six years ago. It was the second highest rated show in the last twenty years and the last show in New York City was only trailing the first show by a small number. Those were the second and third largest shows that have been seen in America over the last twenty years. It’s exciting and I’m looking forward to the next one.
Robert Brown: With Al Haymon buying up so many dates on so many different platforms, do you think Al will be able to continue putting on quality fights on all these platforms?
BJ Flores: Yeah I think so. With the stable of fighters he’s got — now that he’s matching his fighters against each other — there’s just no reason why. I think he’s always had a grand plan, a master plan of how he wanted to set it all up and I think in 2015 we’re gonna see what Al Haymon’s plans have been these entire ten years.
It’s all coming to fruition now with all the fighters Al signed in the last few years and the great weights that he’s got completely a monopoly on as far as being able to control both sides to get both guys to agree to the fights. The guys want to fight each other, they just want to be paid fairly and Al does more than pay his fighters fairly. It’s a great situation for the fighters and the public.
Robert Brown: You got a fight coming up in Chicago which will be on Spike TV, how have preparations been?
BJ Flores: Preparations have been good, I’ve actually been training for it already for about five weeks. It’s going to be a very difficult fight against a very highly rated opponent who I’m not allowed to release the name yet but it’s going to be a very difficult fight. Hopefully Marco Huck will be on the undercard and if he’s not, then the show will move forward with or without him. We’ve been trying to get him over here for a long time.
I’m excited to be on a big platform to fight on national TV again — I used to do it a lot when I was coming up but the cruiserweight division kind of got lost over the last few years but Al Haymon is bringing it back. I’m very grateful about that and appreciative and just looking for an opportunity to show the fans what I can do.
Robert Brown: The big fight that I thought wasn’t going to happen and you thought wasn’t going to happen is happening. Mayweather vs. Pacquiao is happening, what are your thoughts on it?
BJ Flores: I think you can never bet against Floyd Mayweather. I think it’s going to be a good fight because this will be his toughest opponent on paper. Actually I think Miguel Cotto at the time when Floyd fought him at 154lbs, I think that was probably a tougher fight, and I think maybe even Canelo was probably a tougher fight.
I think people were just buying too much into the Pacquiao hysteria. He’s fought Chris Algieri, Brandon Rios and Timothy Bradley as his last three opponents and you can’t compare those with the Floyd Mayweather opponents. I think it’s going to be a one sided fight for Floyd Mayweather.
I think people have bought in a little too much as far as Pacquiao and what he’s going to be able to do against Floyd and I think Floyd is going to have an easy time with him — not because Pacquiao is easy but because Floyd’s preparation is one hundred percent perfect and he’s seen it all and he’s fought the better opposition as of late.
Robert Brown: Does Alex Ariza’s inside knowledge add anything in your eyes?
BJ Flores: I don’t think it matters at all. I think Ariza is just something to get in Pacquiao’s head but it doesn’t matter. Floyd’d been a world champion since 1998, he came out of the Olympics in 1996 and won his first title in 1998 against Genaro Hernandez, we’re talking almost eighteen years as a world champion, it’s just unbelievable. It doesn’t matter who’s in his corner at this point. Ariza is a new addition, it doesn’t matter at all, Floyd is going to go out there and be Floyd and win those fights.
Robert Brown: So you feel the addition of Ariza is just a psychological ploy on Floyd Mayweather’s part?
BJ Flores: I think Ariza could probably do some things that Floyd hasn’t done before that may be able to help him out a little bit but it’s not like Floyd hasn’t been the best fighter over the last ten years without Ariza.
I’m sure there’s things Ariza can do to make him better but it’s not gonna matter — Floyd’s too much of a complete fighter for Manny to be able to contend with. It’s not gonna matter at all. I got Floyd winning at least eight or nine rounds, maybe even ten rounds against Manny. I don’t think it’s gonna be as close as everyone says.
Robert Brown: Who’s got more on the line for this fight?
BJ Flores: Manny has nothing to lose, Floyd’s got everything to lose because nobody thinks Manny is actually gonna win and the people who do are more so fans, not really boxing people. Floyd’s got everything to lose, Manny’s got nothing to lose.
Manny’s making probably five to ten times more money than he’s ever made in his career and Floyd’s making not even double what he’s even made — but it’s still good money though. Floyd’s got stuff to gain too but it’s not near the same as Manny does.
Robert Brown: I want to get your views on Amir Khan’s decision to fight Chris Algieri. When Amir’s got people like Kell Brook and Keith Thurman with belts out there, why do you think he’s chosen Chris Algieri?
BJ Flores: He’s just not confident in himself, that’s it. Why else? I can’t really explain it. When you have all the power that be, you got Al Haymon behind you and you got a million guys like Shawn Porter, Kell Brook, Keith Thurman, all those guys that are just now trying to decide who they want to fight and then you pick Chris Algieri. He doesn’t want to fight those guys, it is what it is.
I think Khan is a very good fighter, he’s very tough, very game, but please stop calling out Floyd Mayweather’s name when you’re fighting Chris Algieri and Luis Collazo. You can’t beat guys like that and get to Floyd, you gotta beat a name guy. Fighting Chris Algieri doesn’t get the job done.
Algieri’s coming off a loss where he was absolutely dominated by Pacquiao and Pacquiao is getting ready to get dominated by Floyd. It’s a far way down the ladder from a Floyd Mayweather quality type opponent. He’s fighting a guy who got dominated by a guy who Floyd’s about to dominate.
Robert Brown: In closing BJ, what’s the exact date for your next fight?
BJ Flores: It’s June 12th in Chicago. Everybody stay tuned and watch for that. I’m back to work, I’m going to be working hard this week and next week and one day at a time. I’ll be ready to put on a show June 12th.