The boxing world again is focused on its biggest star. Floyd Mayweather Jr. has recently hinted to the press that he is leaning towards a rematch with former WBA welterweight champion Marcos Maidana. The first fight saw Mayweather Jr. tested for the first time in years, and win a decision that was much closer than anyone expected. With Mayweather’s official decision still yet to be made, I caught up with Floyd Mayweather Sr. to get his views on who his son should be fighting next.
In part 1 of this special ‘On The Ropes’ interview, Mayweather Sr discusses the potential rematch between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Marcos Maidana. Mayweather also talks about Miguel Cotto’s recent win and if he would like to see his son take on Cotto for the middleweight title. Lastly, Floyd talks about the likelihood of a Mayweather-Pacquiao match happening at this stage of the game. Here is what Floyd Mayweather Sr. had to say.
Jenna: Floyd there has been a lot of talk about who your son should fight next, but it seems it has slipped out who your son is leaning towards. What have you heard?
Mayweather Sr: They say he’s gonna fight Maidana again. If that’s the case, he might be putting Maidana over, we’ll see about that though. I wouldn’t like to see him fight Maidana — not that he can’t beat Maidana, but Maidana does too much dirty shit and his corner is dirty.
His corner told him to do this shit, they told him, “Hey, fight dirty, do whatever it takes to win.” That’s what they said, those were their words. I’m just saying, he’s not even worth fighting to be honest.
Jenna: If you were your son, who would you have picked?
Mayweather Sr: If I was little Floyd, if I was Floyd myself, I would take me the easy one in the bunch. Amir Khan is a good fight for him but I’m just saying that we’re gonna wait and see. Amir Khan ain’t got no fucking jaw, he ain’t got no chin. If he gets hit he’s gone, especially if he gets hit right he’s gone.
Jenna: The last fight did under one million PPV buys, do you think that is at all a concern for the rematch?
Mayweather Sr: That’s a lot of damn people. That is not a bad TV thing by not doing a million dollars. There’s many people that haven’t made a million dollars and they do very well. It ain’t no problem about that.
Jenna: Well beyond the potential Maidana rematch there has been some interest in seeing your son face off against Miguel Cotto again, this time for the middleweight title, what do you think of that?
Mayweather Sr: It was something that somebody said about Freddie Roach. Freddie Roach had said some things, he said, “Oh Floyd is done, Floyd couldn’t do this or do that.” All bullshit, but like I said, there wasn’t nothing to think about Floyd and Cotto fighting. Floyd beat him handedly.
Freddie Roach was talking about, “Oh Floyd beat Cotto without him in the corner.” He don’t remember, Floyd’s got his daddy in the corner and Freddie Roach ain’t got a chance. He’s not Freddie Roach, he’s the joke coach Roach, that’s who he is.
Jenna: What do you think about Roach stating that now that he’s training Cotto, he believes that Cotto would knock out your son? What do you think about his statements?
Mayweather Sr: Oh come on, that’s the craziest shit he’s ever said in his life. Let him fight Alvarez and see if can get past Alvarez, that’s who he needs to beat. There’s no big deal about that guy that he beat, it’s not no big thing that Cotto beat Martinez.
Are you serious? Are you telling me Floyd couldn’t whoop him? That guys whole damn body was torn up, that guy had two knee surgeries. The guy had a shoulder injury, the guy had injuries, his hand was soft and messed up. Everything was wrong with that man.
The man had been out for a year and a half. Everything was against him, there was nothing that he had that was in his corner. Who couldn’t whoop a guy like that? That would have been an easy one for Floyd. Floyd could have took that and been the middleweight champion.
You gotta remember this right here, Floyd’s fighting all these guys out of his weight class, if I was Floyd, I’d make them come down to my weight. There ain’t no reason for Floyd to keep fighting them at their weight class, let them come down to Floyds class then fight him. I wouldn’t fight him.
Jenna: Floyd fought Cotto at 154lbs, Cotto only weighed 155lbs for the Martinez fight. Would you be okay with your son fighting for the middleweight title at 155lbs against Cotto?
Mayweather Sr: I’m gonna tell you this right here, if you listen to what I’m saying, Floyd is not no welterweight, period. Floyd is a junior welterweight, he’s not a welterweight. He’s beaten all their asses, he’s a little bitty man and he beat all of them. They can’t do nothing but give him his props, what’s due to him.
Jenna: Is the prestige of fighting for the middleweight championship worth your son taking a risk in fighting somebody like Cotto to win that belt?
Mayweather Sr: Well, like I said, my son shouldn’t fight Cotto cause he’s gonna go up more in weight. He’s gonna get closer to 160 as he can. He weighed 155lbs but that don’t really make a difference because he still outweighed Floyd anyways, and he still got his ass whooped.
That’s still a lot of weight even still at that weight right there. To tell you the truth, he’s got a good gap on Floyd right there at that weight, 5lbs, that’s a big gap on Floyd right there. Little Floyd wouldn’t even make 155lbs, he can’t even make it if he tried. He can eat all the food in the world and he can’t make that weight.
Jenna: Floyd some people think your son is running out of opponents, does that mean we’re any closer today to seeing a Mayweather-Pacquiao fight?
Mayweather Sr: Well i’m gonna tell you this right here, it could be closer than you think. I think for me, little Floyd would box his ass out, i’m just being honest. It could be for a million different reasons why that fight is not taking place.
It can take place, I would say we’re gonna fight him because of that Freddie Roach, one thing about him, he’s talking too much shit! I’m not gonna tell my son not to fight him because my son fought everybody, but Freddie Roach is just sitting right there waiting on a big bank, I know that!