When it comes to outspoken people in the sport, few seem to find themselves in the boxing headlines as much as Floyd Mayweather Sr. He is the father and trainer of his son, Mayweather Jr. and is widely regarded as one of the best trainers in the sport of boxing, and recently has been seen making the news for some of his outside the ring efforts. He has had public scuffles with fellow trainer Ruben Guerrero as part of his upcoming reality show “The Knockout” and got fans interested in seeing the 61 year old former boxer enter the ring against Guerrero to settle their differences.
In part 1 of my interview with Floyd Mayweather Sr. I discuss with him the ongoing beef between himself and the Ruben Guerrero, and if he thinks they will officially step in the ring. Floyd also gives his thoughts on the recent announcement of Pacquiao-Bradley II, the amount of money Pacquiao is making for the bout, and how he thinks the fight will play out. Additionally Mayweather gives his thoughts on whether or not Pacquiao should retire if he loses the rematch, and if he could see if son facing Bradley. Here is what Floyd Mayweather Sr. had to say.
Jenna J: Floyd you have been seen in public having a few stir ups with trainer Ruben Guerrero during the filming of your upcoming reality show, what’s been going on with that?
Floyd Mayweather Sr: I think he’s upset because his son lost to my son, Floyd Mayweather Jr, so I think he’s upset about that, and I’m going to tell you this right here, if he decides to take a fight with me, I’m going to do him worse than my son did his son.
Jenna: As part of this whole reality show Floyd, have there been talks about you two meeting in the ring to settle your differences?
Mayweather Sr: They’ve been talking about it pretty much, they are talking about a date. I’m going to tell you the truth, I ain’t got to run for him, I ain’t got to do no road work, I ain’t got to do nothing, all I have to do it get in there and whoop him and knock him out, that’s all I need to do. Whatever the date is, I don’t care if it’s tomorrow, I’m ready!
Jenna: What has your experience on “The Knockout” been like?
Mayweather Sr: Everything has been going good, it seems like it’s really going to come off good. These guys been fighting and stuff, and they’ve been fighting real good, things are just looking good. So far I still got two fighters that left, I think only one guy has got all his fighters gone now, it’s only me and Guerrero that got fighters left.
Jenna: Floyd recently it was announced that Timothy Bradley and Manny Pacquiao are going to meet in a rematch, what do you think about that fight being next for Pacquiao?
Mayweather Sr: I’ll be honest, he keeps talking about my son, he wants some money. Pacquiao wants some money, and it don’t look like it’s happening right now. The only way he’s going to get some money is if he fights Floyd, that’s no money what he’s getting right now.
He might be getting a good lump sum of money, but it ain’t the kind of money he wants by fighting Floyd. He want him and Floyd to go 50/50, and Floyd ain’t got to settle for that cause Floyd is way beyond Pacquiao right now. Floyd ain’t got to settle for no 50/50, none of that stuff, Floyd can call the shots now, Floyd is not going to settle for that.
Jenna: Now Floyd, being the fact that he is fighting Bradley next, do you see any danger for Pacquiao in that fight, a chance of him losing?
Mayweather Sr: Well like I said, I really can’t tell you about the fight, I have seen the fight before, I really was not into the fight because it was no real exciting fight. It was no fight where you could say, “Oh man, we want to see a rematch,” it was no fight like that.
I can’t say either one of them are going to knock the other one out cause I don’t know, but I’m just saying I think it’s going to be a long fight, long lasting fight like it was before, and neither one of them are going to look good, cause neither one of them looked good before.
Jenna: Floyd do you think Pacquiao will be looking towards retirement if he loses the fight?
Mayweather Sr: If Pacquiao loses this time, he should not be thinking about no retirement, he should just total, just quit, over, he don’t have to think about, just stop, quit, because it’s over. If he gets beat this time, because he’s been stopped, that showed one thing right there to me when he got stopped the first time, you know what the showed me, so if he gets stopped again it’s time for him to quit. It’s over.
Jenna: If Bradley beats Pacquiao, do you think we could see a Bradley-Mayweather fight?
Mayweather Sr: Oh yeah, well of course Bradley wants to get the same thing that Pacquiao’s getting. Right now there ain’t no fighter that don’t want to get that paycheck that my son is giving them. Any of them are willing to fight Floyd, they are willing to fight King Kong, they are willing to fight anybody for that kind of money fight now.