The boxing event the world long waited for, ended up disappointing many. Mayweather vs. Pacquiao was the most hyped boxing event in history with over 5 years of build up, but when the two titans of the boxing world finally met, the fight did not produce anything memorable with what actually took place in the ring. The fight did however break every monetary record, grossing $71 million in live gate and over 4.4 million PPV buys. With such astronomical numbers produced by the event, the fight did live up to a portion of it’s hype, but many wonder if there should be a rematch just because it was a hit on paper, when it flopped in the ring.
In the third and final part of my “On The Ropes” boxing radio interview with trainer, Roger Mayweather, I talk with him about the possibility of a rematch and why he thinks there should be one. Mayweather talks about health of both fighters going in and if he thinks Mayweather and Pacquiao owe the fans a better performance. Roger also discusses his nephew’s legacy and how he thinks a Pacquiao rematch could play into it. Additionally, Mayweather shares his thoughts on his nephew retiring and what fans could expect from a rematch. Here is what Roger Mayweather had to say. (ontheropesboxing.com/otr-copyright-agreement/)
Jenna J: Do you think both Floyd and Pacquiao owe it to the fans to be one hundred percent healthy and have a rematch?
Roger Mayweather: That’s what they should do. If you’re going to give the fans a hundred percent of your performance, then you need to do that and go in the ring healthy and produce what you would have produced the first time, a good performance. That’s what boxing’s about.
Jenna J: What do you think this win over Manny Pacquiao did for Floyd’s legacy?
Roger Mayweather: Floyd’s legacy is going to be good but he needs to close that legacy with Pacquiao. He needs to go back and him and Pacquiao need to do it again. That’s what I think. To close the door in terms of victory, that’s what he needs to do.
Jenna J: If Floyd does that, where does that put him amongst the greats?
Roger Mayweather: That would put him amongst the greatest fighters, but Floyd had a good, long legacy anyways. He will be amongst some of the greatest fighters but he’s got to close the thing with Pacquiao before he ever does that, because that’s one of the known guys that people respect and I think that’s the guy that he’s gonna have to beat or have to show something with.
Jenna J: Do you think Floyd being as wealthy as he is, that he will be comfortable in retirement, unlike of a lot of other fighters?
Roger Mayweather: No, he ain’t gonna be comfortable either. Floyd ain’t gonna be comfortable staying in retirement. There ain’t no fighter that I know that ain’t never came out of retirement, that was still fighting. The guys like Ray Robinson, Muhammad Ali, all of those guys came out of retirement. All of those guys came out of retirement and they kept fighting. If my nephew can do that and walk away from boxing, then it’s a different thing.
Jenna J: Do you think boxing likes it’s fighters to retire undefeated? It’s so rare that they do, do you think boxing would even want him to retire undefeated?
Roger Mayweather: I don’t think that boxing really cares if he walks away undefeated or not undefeated. If he determines his career about having never lost, then that’s what he needs to do.
He’s gonna have to make his mind up, if he’s gonna walk away and retire of if he ain’t gonna walk away and retire. He’s gonna have to make his mind up, one way or the other. You can’t have another career if you’re still fighting, so you have to make your mind up one way or the other. That’s what he’s gonna have to do.
Jenna J: A lot of fans were disappointed with the fight. Is there anything you’d like to say about the fight they saw and what they could expect in a rematch?
Roger Mayweather: I think that the people didn’t see the performance they should have seen. Since they didn’t get the performance that they should have seen, I think that Floyd and Pacquiao should do it again and close out what they have in a performance of what the people should have seen. That’s what I think.
To read part one and two of my interview with Roger Mayweather, just follow the links below.
ROGER MAYWEATHER: “IF FLOYD FOUGHT MANNY PACQUIAO WITH GOOD MOTHERF*CKING HANDS, HE WOULD STOP PACQUIAO, PERIOD!”
PART 1 –> http://ontheropesboxing.com/?p=7461
ROGER MAYWEATHER: “IF FLOYD’S NOT GOING TO FIGHT MANNY PACQUIAO AGAIN, HE NEEDS TO TURN TO SOMEBODY LIKE AMIR KHAN”
PART 2 –> http://ontheropesboxing.com/?p=7531
To listen to the interview with Roger Mayweather in it’s entirety, just click play on the player.