‘Jazzy’ Jeff Mayweather is well known around the boxing circles for his work as a trainer. The former IBO super featherweight champion has turned several fighters into world champions and also works with many young fighters that are trying to reach their world champion goals. He is also the uncle to Floyd Mayweather Jr. and has been ringside for most of his nephew’s career.
In part 2 of my interview with Jeff Mayweather, I discuss with him the chances that Floyd Mayweather Jr. will have a rematch with Manny Pacquiao. Jeff also shares his thoughts on Canelo vs. Golvokin, picking who he favors winning that fight. Additionally, I get Mayweather’s thoughts on Horn vs. Pacquiao and Terence Crawford. Here is what Jeff Mayweather had to say.
Robert Brown: Jeff, do you think Floyd Mayweather would of considered a rematch with Manny Pacquiao if Pacquiao did not make excuses after he lost?
Jeff Mayweather: Yeah, if Pacquiao had been man enough, because Floyd did what he was going to do. Floyd did exactly what Floyd does, he made Pacquiao look like an average fighter. Everyone is mad at Floyd because Floyd did what he does. Pacquiao was the one that was supposed to bring fireworks and supposed to knock Floyd out but he was just like everyone else, he got played with. Because of that, he didn’t want to accept it and basically made a bogus excuse where never once did he complain when he was fighting at all. If you got a torn rotator cuff, believe me you’re going to complain and everybody is going to see it. He was going for the kill but he couldn’t land.
(Listen to the full interview here)
Robert Brown: If Gennady Golovkin fights Canelo Alvarez in September, who would you be backing?
Jeff Mayweather: I don’t know, that’s a real tough one. Earlier on I was leaning towards Golovkin but as the fight grows closer, I start leaning more towards Canelo because Canelo is the more all around fighter. Canelo has defense, he throws great combinations, can move on his feet. Golovkin is a decent boxer but for the most part he just goes for the kill and he’s not going to always land a shot, and Canelo can punch too, so nobody knows what ‘GGG’ can take.
Unfortunately for Golovkin, he’s in a division where he’s the king but everyone else is so much inferior to him. It’s great to be king but if you want to be great, you have to step up to the next weight class or you have to step up to the opponents that people want to see you fight. Don’t get me wrong, the Canelo thing is business, and Canelo is basically milking his position as long as he can before he takes that kind of risk, and it makes sense. At the same time, it’s a real fight that can actually go either way.
Robert Brown: Manny Pacquiao is going to be fighting Jeff Horn. Why do you think Bob Arum is making a fight like this? What are your thoughts on the fight?
Jeff Mayweather: It’s just a cash out. A guy whose most significant win is Randall Bailey, that speaks volumes right there because at the end of the day, Pacquiao fought maybe ten guys that are past the level of Randall Bailey and we’re talking a prime Randall Bailey, not the Randall of old.
Robert Brown: Last time we spoke you said that you thought Terence Crawford would beat Pacquiao and could possibly even knock him out. Do you still believe that?
Jeff Mayweather: I think that Terence Crawford is a very big guy. People that don’t know him or haven’t seen him or stood next to him, they don’t realize how big he is. I think that he’s a fighter that’s on the way up and he’s getting better and better with each fight. I think Pacquiao is basically now just a gatekeeper. The guys who are not at the top echelon he will probably beat, but the guys who are hot like Errol Spence or Terence Crawford, he’s not going to beat those guys.