I recently had the chance to speak with former IBO title holder, uncle of Floyd Mayweather Jr, and respected trainer, ‘Jazzy’ Jeff Mayweather. A variety of topics were discussed in this interview, including the upcoming Canelo Alvarez vs. Erislandy Lara match, a possible Mayweather-Pacquiao fight, Danny Garcia possibly fighting Floyd Mayweather in the future, and much more. Here is what Jeff Mayweather had to say in part 2 of his interview.
Robert Brown: There is talk of Danny Garcia moving up and fighting Floyd in the future, how do you think that fight would go?
Jeff Mayweather: Easy fight, extremely easy. Herrera showed that he can’t get out of the way of a jab, and if he couldn’t get out of the way from his jab, he surely ain’t gonna get out of the way of Floyd’s jab.
Robert Brown: Business-wise do you think there would be a fair amount of money in it?
Jeff Mayweather: Yeah he has a decent following. He don’t have a huge following but he has a decent following, but he’s already taken a fight, so he’s already taken himself out of the picture. I think he fights some time in August, so that cancels it. You can’t fight in August and September.
Robert Brown: You don’t see Danny Garcia as an option in Floyd’s last few fights?
Jeff Mayweather: Yeah he could be. He could be, especially if he continues to be unbeaten, he definitely has a shot. Don’t get me wrong, to be honest, I think if you’re talking business only, the last three fights with Floyd should be: Amir Khan, Miguel Cotto and maybe Canelo if he wins. Not necessarily in that order, but those would be the three guys that basically you cash out and call it a career.
That would be three huge fights, and for every one of those fights Floyd would have to be focused, he would have to continue to work hard like he’s always done. He can’t sleep on those guys.
Robert Brown: With Bob Arum and Oscar De La Hoya now working together, does it slightly open the door for a Mayweather-Pacquiao fight happening?
Jeff Mayweather: Not really because if Pacquiao wanted to fight, he wouldn’t have resigned with Bob. I’m not saying that fight can’t happen, that fight probably still can happen but it’s gonna be a very hard fight to make.
It’s not gonna be easy, it’s gonna be a lot of ramifications and a lot of red tape and a whole lot of negotiations for that fight to even take place. Unfortunately Bob and Floyd just don’t get along and Floyd don’t want to do business with him. If that doesn’t change, the fight won’t happen.
Robert Brown: A fifth fight between Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez might happen first because of the money involved. How do you see that fight playing out?
Jeff Mayweather: Well to be honest, I think Marquez because I think Marquez won all the fights except one, I think he just got schooled all the other times. I don’t see it being any different.
Pacquiao had a short run knocking out guys and everybody jumped on his bandwagon and made him this big huge star — when he beat Cotto, Margarito, De La Hoya and Hatton. Since that time, what has he really done?
Don’t get me wrong, he beat some names. He beat Shane Mosley — who didn’t really come to fight — but all the mystique, all his tremendous punching power, what happened to it? Everything is gone now, he’s a regular guy that came up from 126lbs.
When he was 126lbs, his knockout ratio was 50%, he goes up 20 more pounds and his knockout ratio is like 90%, how does that happen? The thing is this, now all of the sudden, where did it go? Where did all this power go? Where did all the phenomenon of Pacquiao’s power and mystique go? It’s gone now.
It’s one of those situations where people still want to see Floyd fight him for what he did 2 years ago, not for what he did now, because he was on his face against Marquez. The last time he fought Marquez, since that time he hasn’t done anything really to even mandate a fight. Just because of the fact that he has a huge following it makes the fight worth while.
Robert Brown: Why don’t you tell us a little bit about what you’re up to these days.
Jeff Mayweather: Right now I’m just basically training fighters from all different sports, all different combat sports. I’m training MMA fighters, I’m training kickboxers and training boxers. I was sick for a little while, drank and energy drink and almost died from it.
I went through a real bad period of my life of about seven to eight months of basically not being able to really do anything. I’m finally getting back to the gym and back doing what I love, and that’s training fighters. I’m happy to be back and I’m looking forward to what the future holds.
Robert Brown: Another fight coming up is Canelo Alvarez vs. Erislandy Lara. How do you see this fight playing out?
Jeff Mayweather: I think it’s pretty much a pick’em fight but I lean towards Canelo, I think Canelo is the bigger puncher. I think that Lara is the better boxer — I also think Canelo is a very good boxer — but I think maybe the punching power will probably be the difference. One thing with Lara, he’s a boxer but he doesn’t really throw combinations, Canelo throws a lot of combinations. I have to lean to Canelo by decision.