Former IBO super featherweight champion and current trainer, ‘Jazzy’ Jeff Mayweather is one of the more well known corner-men in the sport and he is also the uncle to former P4P number one fighter, Floyd Mayweather Jr. Jeff is not only a boxing trainer, as he also trains MMA fighters to help them with their striking and has a unique view of both sports.
I recently had a chance to speak with Jeff Mayweather and in part one of my interview, Jeff gives his thoughts on his 2016 and talks about his stable of fighters. Mayweather also shares his thoughts on his nephew Floyd’s future and discusses the chances Floyd returns for a Pacquiao or McGregor bout. Additionally, Jeff shares his views on if Floyd was serious about McGregor bout and talks about why McGregor keeps talking. Here is what Jeff Mayweather had to say.
Robert Brown: How was 2016 for you personally and for your stable of fighters, and what do you have coming up for this year?
Jeff Mayweather: I’m looking forward to this year. I got a guy with only five fights but he’s ranked number four in the world, and hopefully we’ll get a title shot this year and hopefully he’ll win the title in under ten fights.
Robert Brown: Can you tell us more about your fighter?
Jeff Mayweather: His name is Waseem Muhammad. He’s a fighter from Pakistan but his promoter is Korean. I actually went out to Korea and I saw his first fight and his very first fight was for some minor title and of course he won the first fight. Since then he’s just been very spectacular and has been climbing the ladder. He has a great amateur background, won a lot of medals, but at one point in time that country didn’t even allow them to fight, so he got a late start. Fortunately he got picked up by Andy Kim, a promoter from Korea.
Robert Brown: There’s been a massive drop off in Pay-Per-View sales in boxing. What do you think is the reason for this and what do you think can be done to solve the problem?
Jeff Mayweather: Don’t get me wrong, the reason is Floyd and no one can actually do Floyd’s numbers, no one. That era of boxing is probably going to be gone for a while, but you still have Canelo — who is about the only guy left that you can really do Pay-Per-View fights with. Of course there’s a few big fights to be made out there. Floyd’s numbers were more from haters than it was from fans, because people didn’t want to miss a chance of seeing him get beaten, so they continued to spend money over and over, to the point where he never gave them the satisfaction of losing.
Robert Brown: When Floyd went to the Pacquiao-Vargas fight, he fueled a lot of talk about him possibly wanting a rematch with Manny Pacquiao. What are your thoughts on that, and what do you think about the Mayweather-McGregor fight talks?
(Listen to the full interview here)
Jeff Mayweather: Neither one of those fights are going to happen. The Pacquiao fight is not going to happen because Pacquiao wasn’t man enough to just admit that he lost without making up some bogus excuse. With McGregor, Floyd was just toying with the media because Floyd would get prosecuted for fighting Conor McGregor, it would be a fight that’s so easy, it would be ridiculous. That’s one of those fights where you will have die-hard MMA fans saying, “He will do this, he will do that,” but they know he won’t do nothing. They know he has no chance and it doesn’t have to be Floyd, it can be a whole lot lesser boxer than Floyd.
Robert Brown: Why is McGregor spouting his mouth off like this?
Jeff Mayweather: Because he wants to get paid, just like every other fighter that mentions Floyd’s name. Don’t get me wrong, every fighter that mentions Floyd’s name, it wasn’t about beating Floyd, it was about the payday.
Robert Brown: Dana White isn’t going to allow it to happen is he?
Jeff Mayweather: Dana White is going to get paid, so he would love for it to happen. What I’m saying is, Floyd was just toying around with it just to make the media get all hyped up about it. The reality is this, the people cried about Floyd fighting Andre Berto, who is a two time world champion and he played with him. Now you’re talking about a guy who hasn’t had an amateur fight in twenty years, what chance does he have with any fighter?
Robert Brown: So there was never a serious chance of it happening?
Jeff Mayweather: I don’t think it was ever serious. I think they took the bait, hook, line and sinker. They tried to build the UFC off of Floyd’s name. “Ronda Rousey can beat Floyd,” and “Conor McGregor can beat Floyd.” The second they said that, what happened? One got choked out and one got pounded out.