In boxing, sometimes the rumors of the sport quickly become fact. The one that currently is being tossed around involves boxing’s biggest star Floyd Mayweather Jr, and his next fight. Rumors are that Mayweather will be facing British boxing star and former light welterweight champion, Amir Khan, on May 3rd. The idea of this bout has caused debate among boxing fans and media, as to whether or not Amir Khan is worthy of the opportunity.
In this special “On The Ropes” interview, the 500th in the show’s history, I speak to former 2 time champion and current co-trainer of Mayweather Jr, his uncle Roger Mayweather. Roger touches on the training situation between him, his nephew and his brother. Mayweather also discusses at length the rumors of the Amir Khan bout and how he ultimately sees that fight playing out. Additionally he talks about the options out there and if this fight really could be sold to boxing fans. Here is what Roger Mayweather had to say in part 1 of his interview.
Jenna J: Roger, it’s been awhile since I spoke to you, so I think we should start where we last saw you and that was in your new role as assistant trainer for Floyd’s fight with Canelo Alvarez. What was the training situation like for you?
Roger Mayweather: I trained my nephew, the only time his daddy working with Floyd was for the last fight, but I don’t trip about that because me and my nephew get along well, and me and my brother get along well, so I don’t trip about that. Number one, that’s his son, but I am the one that took him the Olympic games, I am the one that trained him for all those years when his dad was not here.
More times then none, I’m the one that warms him up anyway, so it’s not a big thing, I don’t trip about who trains him, how he’s gonna be trained, I don’t worry about that. With my nephew, what I want is what’s good for him.
Jenna: Roger, being that you help your nephew train, what fight would you like to see out there for him next?
Mayweather: Well my thing is, my nephew has beaten every elite fighter out there. Every fighter they said would be good, he beat their ass. He beat all their asses, he beat Shane Mosley, he beat De La Hoya, he beat Canelo, he beat Marquez, all of the elite guys that had a name in boxing, he beat them. I guess he is going to benefit from the few years that he has left in the world of boxing to prove what he can do, and that’s what he is gonna do.
Jenna: Now Roger, what do you think of them saying that Amir Khan will be next for your nephew?
Mayweather: Amir Khan? He can get up in there if he wants to. He can get in there and get fried and died and laid to the far left side, I can see that. You know he’s been to Floyd’s gym before, but he hasn’t fought nobody like Floyd, so he’s got to show me what he can do. He is a good name for the fact of where he’s at, from where he’s at, in England. The fighters in England ain’t elite like the fighters over here, that’s a whole different ball game.
In terms of Floyd fighting him, whether it be in England or here, he’s got a good name for what they’ve got, but as far as talking about the world of boxing, he wouldn’t be an elite fighter if he was over here. He would have never become a world champion if he was over here, so that’s a whole different ball game.
Jenna: So you think because of Amir Khan’s name value, he’ll get a fight with your nephew, not because of what he’s accomplished in the ring?
Mayweather: Yeah I think it’s because of his name value. I think he went to the Olympic games, I think he did, but for whatever reason the fight will probably be big only simply because he’s calling Floyd out. Floyd ain’t calling him out, he called Floyd out, so I’m sure Floyd is gonna answer, and they got to pay what they weigh.
I can’t see why the fight wouldn’t happen, if he wanna fight Floyd, then shit you gotta pay what you weigh. So in that term, I think that fight will be a big fight because people don’t really know much about Amir Khan, not over here. I think it would be a bigger fight than people expect it to be.
Jenna: Roger, the last fight for your nephew, it became the all time biggest selling boxing event ever, when he fought Canelo Alvarez. Do you think for your nephew to be fighting someone like Amir Khan, it’s obviously gonna be a step down because he doesn’t have the same name value?
Mayweather: Well let me say one thing, there’s only so many elite fighters in the sport, there’s only so many guys in the sport that you can fight. They thought Canelo Alvarez was gonna whoop Floyd, that’s what they thought. I remember I’d seen him (Canelo Alvarez) fight some a few guys, he ain’t fast, and he ain’t that slick, only thing he is, is bigger than Floyd. He ain’t got more skills than Floyd, he’s just bigger, and when it came down to the end of the fight, the last 3-4 rounds, I said “What was good about the guy?”
You know the only reason why Amir Khan is gonna get a chance at Floyd? Because the people wanna see him fight over there, they wanna see Floyd fight over there. I don’t know if the fight is gonna happen over there, but they want to see Floyd.
Jenna: Do you think Floyd would ever consider fighting over in the UK for a big fight?
Mayweather: I can see it if they got some money, if they can pay him more money than they pay him over here. That’s the only way I would take a fight, why would I risk what I do to go over there and fight in somebody’s backyard when they have to come to me anyways?
I mean it makes sense for Floyd, I’m not saying Floyd wouldn’t beat his ass over there, but it makes sense for Floyd to stay right here and get the fight, that’s the only thing that makes sense to me. It don’t make sense to risk it, I gotta go way over there and train over there with fucked up hours that I don’t know what time it is, then I gotta beat his ass. He can do that over here!
Quote Floyd Snr Pacquiao is the last man standing!
Yeah Last Man Standing is THE PACMAN, so fight the PACMAN, face your nightmare. Weeehhh
W.BC has stripped Mayweather but he fights for money not for belts, and that’s the bottom line!
Floyd will ko khan he stands to tall after throwing shots walks straight back gives know angles know chin equals ko middle rounds
This is a f*cking joke but it’s Floyd’s easy money mentaity that makes it happen
If your nephew can beat opponents you’ve said elite but why floyd still choose fighter he fights and not fighting fighter’s who has equal qualities like him. It means he has no hundred percent confidence in his abilities because he is still human that there is somebody who is better than him. common roger don’t choose a low risk fighter so we will see
Your nephew will never ever get the credit he will just win the judges every fight but loses the whole crowd. “No Guts No Glory” as simple as that.
Roger is right, Floyd did beat all the best fighters. At least the ones that weren’t scared of him (Pacquaio)
Are you [email protected]#?ng serious, Roger baby? How about Kostya Tzu? How about Margarito? How about Paul William? How abooutut Mosley in the early years? How about Cotto in his prime? And most of all, how about Pacquiao? Still can’t find the balls?
Williams is sort of in a wheelchair; Margarito’s promoter (Arum) never had a legit deal on the table for a Mayweather/Margarito bout; Tszyu was old, physically injured, shot, and lost to Hatton by the time Floyd came along; and prime Cotto was with Arum, and Arum wasn’t going to make a fight with Mayweather. Note that Cotto never fought Mayweather until after he dumped Arum and became a free agent?
Favorite quote from the interview:
” Amir Khan? He can get up in there if he wants to. He can get in there and get fried and died and laid to the far left side, I can see that.”
My guess is, most people today are unaware of the meaning of that metaphor.
The boxing associations such as WBO,WBA,WBC etc. should impose mandatory fight like they did on almost of their matches….so that FLOYD cannot avoid MANNY….. What happen to that rule?
Mayweather is avoiding to fight the elite of all elite in boxing and that is the only 8 Division Title Holder in Boxing no other than Manny Pacquiao.
If you really consider yourself great then go fight Manny dude. Stop being a chicken.
crack make you stupid roger…
[…] ROGER MAYWEATHER: “MY NEPHEW HAS BEATEN EVERY ELITE FIGHTER OUT THERE. EVERY FIGHTER THEY SAID WOULD BE GOOD, HE BEAT THEIR ASS! (Part 1) read here –> https://ontheropesboxing.com/?p=2219 […]
Anonymous, please do your research before you make a comment regarding drug usage. The Mayweather’s are the cleanest athletes known as they don’t drink, smoke or utilize any form of recreational drugs. Roger is a former boxing champion who has had over 80 fights and suffers from cognitive impairments due to his remarkable history in the boxing arena. You should refrain from such comments without knowing the facts.
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