The countdown to the biggest PPV event in history continues and while the fighters are still preparing for the fight, the talk between the camp continues. In part 1 of my On The Ropes boxing radio interview with trainer Floyd Mayweather Sr, I gets his thoughts on training camp so far and the rumors circulating in the press. Floyd also speaks on the Alex Ariza’s role in Floyd’s camp, and what he thinks Ariza brings to the table. Additionally, Senior speaks on his son now at 38 years of age, compared to a younger version of himself and if he believes his son has lost anything with age. Here is what Floyd Mayweather Sr had to say.
Jenna J: You have been in camp with your son for over a month now in preparation for the fight with Manny Pacquiao. How have things gone so far?
Floyd Mayweather Sr: Frankly, I think Pacquiao is nothing but an opponent. I don’t think he’s no stiff threat to Floyd, I don’t think he’s no threat.
Jenna J: Have you been doing anything different in terms of preparations for Pacquiao?
Floyd Mayweather Sr: You ain’t got to do nothing different for another opponent. Another opponent is just another opponent. I think the only thing he’s maybe done different is probably just working a little bit harder than before. There’s not too much that he’s doing different, I’m being honest. He’s doing everything he usually does, he might do it a little bit longer but it’s the same thing.
Jenna J: Does Alex Ariza participate in strengthening him? Is that something different that Floyd does?
Floyd Mayweather Sr: Strengthening him? That son of a bitch ain’t strengthening nobody. He ain’t nobody. He’s in there, I can’t say exactly what he’s doing but he ain’t strength training little Floyd. What Floyd’s doing everybody’s helping, it’s not just one person.
Jenna J: Does Ariza being there help at all in terms of gameplan, because he knew Pacquiao so well?
Floyd Mayweather Sr: He don’t know shit anyways, he don’t know anything about no damn boxing, I do know that. I know he doesn’t know anything about boxing and he don’t know what to tell anyone anyways. If he does know anything, it’s some dirty shit and it’s something that nobody wants to use or hear about. Nobody is into that kind of mess.
Jenna J: What do you like about what you have seen in Floyd to this point?
Floyd Mayweather Sr: My son, somewhere in there everyday he ends up getting the best of everything. Today he whooped some other guy, like he does every day. It’s just what it is. A lot of them take whoopings, sometimes they stop it. Floyd does different things, sometimes he goes to the body and stops the guys and sometimes he throws to the head. Sometimes the guy will stop it. He’s just ready, that’s all I’m trying to say.
Jenna J: Do you see any differences in Floyd compared to a younger version of himself? Where do you think he’s at?
Floyd Mayweather Sr: I don’t care who he is, I don’t care who you are, he’s not the Floyd he was yesterday, he’s not that Floyd. He is the Floyd that can whoop Pacquiao and the rest of these guys that are around him, he’ll whoop all of them. The guys that are still fighting in his weight class, he can still whoop their ass.
Anybody that’s been fighting as long as Floyd’s been fighting, something is leaving you whether you’re still working at it or not, it’s still gonna leave you. That’s just the law of the land. The thing is, you continue to get older and when you get older, sometimes things might not be as you see it is because your body sometimes doesn’t respond. Overall when anybody gets older, you lose something. Every year you lose something.
Jenna J: There have been rumors coming out about Floyd having problems with his hands. How has his hands been?
Floyd Mayweather Sr: I haven’t seen any problem. I haven’t seen any problem with that, I haven’t seen any problem when they were talking about Zab Judah knocking Floyd down. They were talking about sparring partners giving it to little Floyd. None of that stuff happened, none of it.
Jenna J: From the Pacquiao side of things they have been saying that he’s been having problems with leg cramps. Why do you think Pacquiao has problems with cramps in his legs?
Floyd Mayweather Sr: I’m not even going to speak on it but I know what it is. I know why he has the cramps in his legs, it’s not a problem. You know just like I know, we always have known. There’s nothing hard to pick out about him and his problems.
Stay tuned to www.ontheropesboxing.com for Part 2 of my interview with Floyd Mayweather Sr