I had a chance to speak with former IBO super featherweight champ, Jeff Mayweather. ‘Jazzy’ Jeff is the uncle of Floyd Mayweather Jr. and spend his time now training fighters out of Las Vegas. Topics discussed in this interview include, the possible Mayweather-Pacquiao match, Canelo Alvarez’ upcoming fight with James Kirkland, Thurman vs. Guerrero, and much more. Here is what Jeff Mayweather had to say.
Robert Brown: You said that feel Pacquiao’s career is winding down, do you think Bob Arum is cashing out?
Jeff Mayweather: I guess I would say that could be it, but at the same time, it’s not really cashing out because it’s a fight that the public wants. The public’s been wanting this fight for so many years, so I don’t think it’s really cashing out. I think it’s more of just finally saying, “Okay, let’s do it now,” as opposed to, “I’m putting my guy in and I think this is the right time to put him in there.”
Like I said, the significance of this fight, it’s build over years and years but at the same time, the right time for Manny Pacquiao was to take that fight five years ago when he was on the A side and it was a fight in which most people really didn’t know or even felt that Manny would lose or anything like that.
So many people were so sold on Manny Pacquiao, that it was a situation in which it was a fifty-fifty split. Since that time, he’s had a loss, he’s been knocked out but still you have fans that are still crazy over him. Floyd hasn’t lost, he’s been beating younger fighters, up incoming fighters, all these guys that are some of the top guys in the weight class. Manny Pacquiao has has lost and he’s been knocked out cold, but everybody is still speaking like he really has a chance with Floyd, when the reality is, he really doesn’t have a chance.
Robert Brown: Manny’s had losses but there’s still a lot of buzz around this fight and people want to see it. Do you have a theory as to why that is?
Jeff Mayweather: I think the only theory is that so many people dislike Floyd because Floyd enjoys his money. He enjoys his money so much that he puts it in your face. He’s not saying, “Oh look at my money,” but people take it that way.
People don’t realize that this man is risking his life every time he steps in the ring, he should be able to do what he wants to do with his money. You hate him because he has money? Is that really a reason to hate somebody? That’s the bottom line because you don’t have a reason to hate a guy just because he’s winning, you hate him because he fronts the fact that he has money.
Floyd’s not selling drugs, he’s not poisoning anybody, he’s not out robbing nobody, he can go do whatever the hell he wants to do with his money, he earned it! It was the same with Ali, everyone hated him because first of all he’s African American, he was braggadocious and he was making predictions and they were coming true.
There was a story of a lady that followed Ali until he lost and finally said when she got in his face, she said, “They finally got your black ass.” That was her hate towards him, just because he was winning. It’s not just the winning, it’s the combination. Ali was kind of like Floyd in a sense, he was braggadocious, good looking guy and he talked trash. He talked trash but he was backing it up.
Ali wasn’t fronting his money like Floyd but it’s just that he was so confident and bold about the things that he did and said, that people took it the wrong way. Rather than looking at it as being confident, they looked at it as being braggadocious and thinking that he was about everyone else, but I didn’t see it that way.
Everyone’s got their own opinion and I think that when you win, somebody always wants to see you get knocked off, no matter how. I think that’s one of the things with boxing, nobody wants to see a person get out undefeated and hoping that when they do leave the sport, that everything is intact. Floyd’s in that position right now and hopefully he goes out on top and walks away from the sport with no blemishes and moves on into the realm of being a promoter.
Robert Brown: Another big fight coming up is Saul Alvarez vs. James Kirkland. What are your thoughts on this match?
Jeff Mayweather: Kirkland is dangerous, so there’s always that chance of Kirkland possibly catching him and maybe knocking him out, but at the same time I think that Canelo is gonna beat him and he’s gonna beat him fairly easy. I think he’s gonna beat him because to me, Kirkland is the same exact fighter as Alfredo Angulo — he’s a guy that can’t get out of the way of a punch, eats punches, he’s just tough.
One thing about being tough is you can be tough until they keep hitting you and keep hitting you and eventually you’re gonna crack. That’s the type of fight that I see. I see that Kirkland may even have one or two good moments in the fight, but I think that overall it’s gonna be a fairly easy fight for Canelo.
Robert Brown: Do you think Canelo wins by unanimous decision or by KO?
Jeff Mayweather: I don’t really see him knocking Kirkland out, Kirkland is tough and durable. I see him basically beating him in the same type of fashion that he beat Angulo but Kirkland will still be there until the end I think.
Robert Brown: Keith Thurman will be fighting Robert Guerrero, what are your thoughts on that fight?
Jeff Mayweather: That’s a good fight. To be honest, I lean towards Guerrero. To this point, Thurman is a good fighter and he’s getting better, but at the same time, he still hasn’t fought anybody. I don’t like to say that because I don’t like to say that about fighters but what I’m saying is, the level fighters that he’s fought, if he’s as good as he’s supposed to be, he’s doing exactly what he’s supposed to do, because he hasn’t fought nobody.
Robert Brown: Also on that card Adrien Broner will take on John Molina, how do you see that fight playing out?
Jeff Mayweather: It’s an interesting fight but I think that’s a fight that Adrien Broner can win. I see Broner winning that fight quite easily by decision.