‘Jazzy’ Jeff Mayweather is a well respected boxing trainer who has worked with many star fighters and has brought several of them to world titles. While some people see the former IBO champion as the quieter of the Mayweather brothers, he is actually one of the most outgoing.
In part 1 of my interview with Jeff Mayweather, I discuss his upcoming celebrity boxing match and what kind of a show he expects to put on for the fans. I also get Jeff’s thoughts on the recent Mayweather vs. Pacquiao bout and how he think’s Pacquiao did compared to other opponents. Additionally, Mayweather shares his views on Pacquiao’s injury claims and if he thinks that played at all into the result. Here is what Jeff Mayweather had to say.
Jenna J: Can you give the fans an update on yourself? What have you been up to lately?
Jeff Mayweather: I’ve been real busy doing a lot of different things, a lot of charity stuff. I’m also doing some celebrity boxing, and I’m working with about eight or nine fighters. I’ve been busy.
Jenna J: You mentioned celebrity boxing, are you actually stepping back into the ring?
Jeff Mayweather: Yeah but it’s just fun, it’s for entertainment, it’s not for the purpose of actually trying to fight for a belt or anything like that. It’s just fun, I’ll just put on a boxing show pretty much.
Jenna J: Do you have any idea what type of opponent you will be facing, what type of celebrity?
Jeff Mayweather: Actually I’m the celebrity in this match. I’ll be fighting a guy who actually is a prominent businessman in Philadelphia, I’ll be boxing him.
Jenna J: Fans recently saw Evander Holyfied step into the ring with Mitt Romney, and I’m sure they’re expecting more from ‘Jazzy’ Jeff Mayweather. I know you’re facing a businessman, but are you going to put it on him a little bit?
Jeff Mayweather: No, I’ve done this way before Holyfield and them did it, it’s just that theirs got television coverage. You can see mine on YouTube and it’s way better, way better. It’s gonna be fun for everybody, I’m gonna give them a real good show. I got a few things that I want to do that actually adds a whole lot of entertainment to it than just the boxing part of it.
Jenna J: Lets talk a little about the boxing scene. I last saw you in Las Vegas for the Mayweather vs. Pacquiao fight. Now that the event has passed, was it everything that you thought it was gonna be, from the event itself, to the reaction of the event?
Jeff Mayweather: Don’t get me wrong, at the end of the day it all depends on who you wanted to win. If you’re a Floyd fan, you’re completely happy, if you’re a Pacquiao fan, you’re completely pissed. That’s the reason why the fight didn’t live up to the expectations.
I don’t know why people were falsely led that Pacquiao was gonna do something. If this fight would have happened ten years ago or ten years later, it doesn’t matter, Floyd was gonna beat him anyway. I thought he would beat him exactly the way he did and possibly even knocked him out if he would have run into something.
I know it was gonna be a walk in the park for Floyd, and that’s exactly what it was. If you’re a Floyd fan, you’re happy with that because Floyd did exactly what Floyd does from fight to fight. If that was supposed to be the second best fighter in the world, that means Floyd is on a different planet than everybody else.
Jenna J: Would it be fair to say that Marcos Maidana did more in the first fight than Pacquiao did, in terms of giving Floyd a tough fight?
Jeff Mayweather: I agree. There are other fighters that have done better, not just Maidana. Maidana did real well in the first fight, but he didn’t do as well as people thought either. The one thing is this, Floyd dominates fights so easy, that any time a guy wins three or four rounds, they say he lost, which is ridiculous. That is what it is, but the truth is that he’s still undefeated. All these years the judges have still been getting it right at the end of the day.
Jenna J: In the aftermath of the fight, Pacquiao came out and said he had a shoulder injury. What do you make of all of that? Do you think the shoulder affected him?
Jeff Mayweather: No, it’s all bs. First of all, every fight that Pacquiao’s had, when he had the calf thing — and most people know where that comes from — that’s the first thing to come out of his mouth. You got a torn rotator cuff and you’re not gonna complain once in the entire fight? When you have a torn rotator cuff, you can’t even rotate your shoulder, you can’t do nothing.
It’s all bs, it was just a way to come up with a damn excuse hoping that he could sell that to the people and get a rematch. It backfired on him because of the fact that he didn’t man up and say that Floyd was the better man, and now Floyd doesn’t want to give him a rematch just based on that. He wasn’t man enough to say that he lost the fight.