Ever since the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight finally took place fans have debated what they saw in the fight and what they heard after. Floyd Mayweather won the bout in a fight that displeased the fans, further more Manny Pacquiao claimed to be injured going into the bout, leading fans to speculate if it was just an excuse or if he really was not at his best in the bout.
In part 2 of my “On The Ropes” boxing radio interview with Jeff Mayweather I discuss whether or not Pacquiao would of claimed an injury if he had won the bout. I also get Jeff’s views on the Top Rank lawsuit that threats a rematch from ever happening. Additionally Mayweather discusses his nephews future and if he thinks a fight with Gennady Golovkin is realistic. Here is what Jeff Mayweather had to say.
Jenna J: If Pacquiao had won the May 2nd fight, do you think we would have heard anything about the shoulder injury or do would we be looking for a rematch?
Jeff Mayweather: Of course you would never hear anything about no shoulder injury. We would have never heard that, for a fact. The rematch, it probably would have been made because it would have been a fight worth so much money. It would have been huge, but it was all bs.
Pacquiao’s a guy who made himself look bad and now he doesn’t know how to recover. He doesn’t even know how to recover from what he’s just done. He lied to the public and then made himself look even worse because he lied about the fact that he even had an injury and then you have all these people saying, “Oh well you should have told us. We should get our money back.”
The reality is, he never had a damn injury in the first place. Fighters go into the ring with injuries all the time. Probably ninety percent of fighters go into the ring with injuries, in any combat sport. Not severe injuries, not like the lie that he told, but you have injuries, but they’re never mentioned because that’s part of boxing. If you’re in MMA, that’s a part of MMA. It’s a part of any combat sport, you go into the fight with injuries because you get injured preparing for the fight.
Jenna J: Do you think there is now zero chance of there being a rematch, being the fact that Top Rank now just filed a 300 million dollar lawsuit against Al Haymon?
Jeff Mayweather: There wasn’t gonna be a chance of it happening again anyways, and it had nothing to do with al Haymon, it had something to do with Floyd. Now, that even kills the fight altogether. It’s not about Floyd and Pacquiao, this is something totally different.
Jenna J: Where do you think Floyd goes next? They’re talking about Amir Khan, Andre Berto and Karim Mayfield. What type of fighter do you think he’ll step in the ring with?
Jeff Mayweather: I don’t know, but me personally, I think Floyd had earned the right to fight whoever he wants to. Everybody says, “Oh he needs to fight this guy,” no he doesn’t. He should be able to fight exactly whoever he chooses and walk away from boxing.
Anybody that’s been put in front of him that supposedly was a threat, ended up getting beat just like everybody else. It’s not about trying to find who is the next lion that is supposedly going to carry boxing when he leaves. Floyd’s 38 years old, it’s time for him to just take a fight, win that fight and walk away.
Jenna J: There’s some talk that he may fight on CBS, to fight on network television for the last part of his fight deal. Would that be something cool to give back to the fans and fight on free TV?
Jeff Mayweather: It would be great for the fans, but like I said, he’s earned the right to fight whoever he wants to.
Jenna J: Do you think it’s ridiculous that people want to see him fight Gennady Golovkin?
Jeff Mayweather: I think it’s ridiculous but that’s how it is. When you’re in a position where Floyd is, it’s not necessarily that they hate Floyd, they hate his lifestyle. They hate the fact that this guy makes money and he enjoys spending it. It’s not his fault that everybody’s in his face with a camera in his face and want to front what he’s doing.
Floyd’s not fronting his money in anyone’s face, he’s just enjoying it, but people take that the wrong way. He’s not out here doing anything wrong, he’s not robbing anybody, he’s not selling drugs, he’s not doing anything. He’s earning his money, so he should have the right to do whatever the hell he wants to do with his money.
Jenna J: How do you think a fight between Floyd and Golovkin would go?
Jeff Mayweather: The first thing is this, Floyd has no business fighting a guy like Golovkin. Not so much because he’s great, but if he wants to fight Floyd, why doesn’t he come down to 147lbs? Not 154lbs, come down to 147lbs just like what Floyd actually fights at. Floyd fought at 154lbs just because he had the talent to go up and beat those guys. Floyd has never fought above 149lbs, so why would he fight a guy that’s 160lbs?