Boxing trainer, Floyd Mayweather Sr. has the biggest test of his ability coming up, as he will be preparing his son for eight division world champion, Manny ‘Pacman’ Pacquiao, in a fight that will take place on May 2nd. Senior has been asked for years about a potential fight, but now he can speak on it in a completely different way and finally get a shot to prove if he really is the best trainer in the world today.
In part 1 of my ‘On The Ropes” boxing radio interview with Floyd Mayweather Sr, I talk to him about the long awaited fight and get his thoughts on why he thinks his son will win. Floyd also talks about the drug testing that is in place for the fight and if he can see a knock out in the fight. Additionally Mayweather talks about Pacquiao’s last two opponents, and how he thinks they performed. Here is what Floyd Mayweather Sr. had to say.
Jenna J: Floyd, the talk is over, Mayweather vs. Pacquiao is set to happen on May 2nd at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. How do you feel now that the fight is now official?
Floyd Mayweather Sr: I feel like he’s gonna do what he’s gonna do. I think that Floyd’s gonna bust him up, real bad.
Jenna J: This is also an opportunity for you to face off against Freddie Roach, getting another chance of beating one of his fighters. How do you think that’s gonna go?
Floyd Mayweather Sr: Well, the only thing is, all these years they’re gonna get a chance to see that he won’t be getting no accolades this year.
Jenna J: So you think this is the fight that shows all the people that have been voting for Freddie Roach all these years?
Floyd Mayweather Sr: This shows it all, this shows it all, ain’t no problem. This shows it all.
Jenna J: How long has your son been in the gym working for this fight? How long has he been in there already, or is he just about to start?
Floyd Mayweather Sr: He hasn’t been in there yet, we’re gonna get in the gym, probably Monday. That will be two months exactly.
Jenna J: Do you feel good that there’s not gonna be any big press tour in this fight, that you can just focus solely on the fight?
Floyd Mayweather Sr: Yeah, but it’s still gonna be hard, I mean don’t get me wrong, it’s probably gonna be hard for Pacquiao and them too, so many people fill the gym up, you know they fill the gym up completely.
I’m just saying that when you’re a trainer, I got a lot of fighters that I train too, I got a lot of fighters that are gonna fight on the card too and they are gonna be in there early, people are gonna be coming down there early. I already know how it’s gonna be, they’re gonna have it just like when Floyd and them get ready to spar and stuff. We gotta get some of the people outta there, I’m just saying. The gym will be full.
Jenna J: For this particular fight, is there anything you will do differently to Floyd, or is it just gonna be business as usual?
Floyd Mayweather Sr: Yeah, there some different things I’m planning on showing him, I’m not gonna announce nothing that I’m gonna show him though. But I do have some things to show him and I am so glad that they are gonna take the random blood tests.
Jenna J: That’s always been a sticking point over the years, the random blood testing. Were you surprised that Manny Pacquaio finally agreed to it to make this fight?
Floyd Mayweather Sr: Well, it’s good because we know Floyd aint doing nothing, so we’ll just see how he’s gonna handle it because he ain’t knocked nobody out in five years. Manny aint knocked nobody out in five years, check the record.
How in the hell did he beat Cotto up, stopped Cotto, knocked Shane Mosley down, beat Shane bad, stopped De La Hoya, stopped all these people, like I said, I’m talking about the top guys. He stops Cotto, he beat Shane Mosley, he stopped De La Hoya, just too many guys that he’s gone and beat easy and dropped them and stuff. Where did the punch go? He ain’t knocked nobody out in all these years, what is going on?
Jenna J: Well, do you see with there being random drug testing, any threat to Floyd from Pacquiao? Do you think Pacquiao poses any threat at this point with testing?
Floyd Mayweather Sr: Let me tell you something, even with the money he’s getting, the kind of money he’s getting, forty million or whatever, I don’t know exactly what it is, I know Floyd’s getting the big margin of it though. I can’t even see how he could even do something like that. I’m just saying that my thing is, I don’t think he will do anything like that. The amount of money that he’s getting, I still don’t believe he’d do that.
Jenna J: You mentioned for the last few years Pacquaio hasn’t shown any power, but he’s still won fights. He beat Timothy Bradley, he dominated Chris Algieri. What do you think of the Pacquiao you see now at 36?
Floyd Mayweather Sr: Let me tell you this right here, Algieri was nobody, I could whoop Algieri my damn self with my left hand, I wouldn’t even have to use two hands on him, I’d whoop him all day long. I’m just telling you that Algieri or whoever he was, he couldn’t fight at all. Who else was it you just asked me about?
Jenna J: Timothy Bradley. Pacquiao beat Timothy Bradley in the rematch.
Floyd Mayweather Sr: Timothy Bradley ain’t never had no business of beating him in the beginning! It still was a fight, he didn’t knock Timothy Bradley down or anything, where if that boy Timothy Bradley would have fought Shane Mosley or a Cotto, if he’d have fought one of them, he would have got stopped, Timothy Bradley would have.
If Bradley had faced either Shane or Cotto, they would have both knocked him out. I wanna find out where all his power is at now. You gotta take these random tests and stuff, I wanna see where all the power is at now.
Jenna J: Floyd, what do you think of Pacquaio as a fighter fight now? What does he bring without the power?
Floyd Mayweather Sr: What’s he gonna bring? He’s gonna bring his ass to the ring and get it whooped, real bad. It ain’t too much for me to say about him to be honest because the thing is, and it aint no excuse about nothing, this is the fight that they’ve all been waiting on, all these years, talking about Floyd being scared. Now we’re gonna find out.