Jeff Mayweather is part of one of the most well known families in boxing, the Mayweather familiy. The Mayweather name is well known in the sport mostly due to current pound-for-pound king, Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather, but Jeff, alongside his two brothers Floyd and Roger, all established successful professional careers. ‘Jazzy’ Jeff Mayweather’s fighting career spanned nine years, during which he won the IBO super featherweight title. After his time in the ring, Jeff transitioned to being a trainer and has led many top level fighters to success.
In part 2 of my interview with Jeff Mayweather, I get his thoughts on the potential of Richard Schaefer taking over as CEO of Mayweather Promotions, possible future opponents for Floyd Mayweather, and Jeff’s current stable of fighters. Here is what Jeff Mayweather had to say.
Robert Brown: So even though Richard Schaefer has a clause in his contract, do you expect Floyd to come to a deal with Golden Boy and perhaps Richard Schaefer take up the CEO role at Mayweather Promotions?
Jeff Mayweather: That looks like that’s probably in the works. I’m not one hundred percent sure, I can’t say definitely, but it looks like that’s a high possibility.
Robert Brown: Bob Arum turned up the pressure a bit, he’s saying that the two networks have agreed to show the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight, if these two can come to an agreement. Why do you think he’s done this, and do you think this increases the chances of the Pacquiao fight possibly happening?
Jeff Mayweather: It’s not so much him turning it up. At the end of the day, Pacquiao has a fight in front of him and he has to win, and if he wins then it becomes a reality, the possibility of it happening can become a reality. But, other than that, it won’t happen.
Robert Brown: Who do you think the frontrunner for Floyd’s next fight is at this stage?
Jeff Mayweather: To be honest, I can’t really say who it is because I’m not one hundred percent sure. If they do it by names — which Floyd normally does — it may actually help the pay–per-view revenue, it’s gonna possibly be Khan or maybe Pacquiao next for Floyd, because there’s no other options out there in the weight class that make any sense.
Robert Brown: You wouldn’t see Kell Brook as a possibility?
Jeff Mayweather: Why? He never done nothing. He squeaked out a decision over (Shawn) Porter and that really hasn’t done much to raise his stock. He just beat a guy and he barely beat him.
Robert Brown: There’s a possibility of Keith Thurman and Devon Alexander fighting on the undercard of Hopkins-Kovalev. Who do you think would win that fight?
Jeff Mayweather: That’s a good fight, that’s a real good fight. I think that Devon Alexander has much better skills, Thurman is probably a little better puncher. It’s a pick’em fight. I think that if Devon Alexander is really in his rhythm, I think that he’ll beat him easily. If he can’t deal with the pressure that Thurman brings, I think that he’ll probably come up short. I think whoever dictates the pace of the fight will win.
Robert Brown: How are you doing with your fighters at the moment?
Jeff Mayweather: I’m doing well. I was in DC for a fight last night, with ‘Chop Chop’ DeMarcus Corley. He’s making one more run at a world title, but this time at lightweight. He won a ten round decision but he looked very impressive, he put the guy down about five times.
We had him out maybe three out of those five times but we just didn’t push on the gas all the way. It was a big performance. We just joined forces, this is only my second fight with him. The first fight we had a KO for a WBF title and this is the second fight we worked together and it was quite impressive.