Friday, April 2, 2010

Floyd Mayweather Jr receives more criticism about his 'gangster' image

In a recent interview, Bernard Hopkins reiterated what I have been saying all along. Floyd Mayweather Jr has serious self esteem issues. There’s something wrong with him deep down. The way he portrays himself and the things he says about others have led people like Bernard Hopkins to this very conclusion. Let’s examine this further.
“Floyd ain’t no gangster like he thinks he is. If he wants to waste money in clubs, blow $40 million dollars and not pay his taxes, that’s on him. I don’t have a self-esteem problem, Floyd does.” Bernard Hopkins,

Jaime Wilson Sacramento, CA “Why does Mayweather Jr always act like he’s some kind of gangster?”

Mayweather Jr has spent the last several years trying to make people think he’s made of money and that he’s some kind of gangster. Mayweather always brags about how much money he has, how much money he gambles, and how he always ‘makes it rain’. Let’s not forget about how he showed up last year to a press conference with an armor truck.

Almost every interview, Mayweather Jr talks about money. He talks about how much he can make and how it’s a lot more than other people. But, Bernard Hopkins hit it on the head when he said that Floyd has self esteem problems. Anyone who tries so hard to get people to buy into a certain image is covering up for what’s going on deep down.

A few weeks back, Mayweather Jr spoke about how his upbringing was dysfunctional because his parents had drug problems and his father went to prison. This could definitely have contributed to Floyd’s problems. However, you’d think a 33 year old man would have gotten over these issues or at the very least sought professional help. Its clear Mayweather Jr hasn’t.

He just keeps going on attacking others and trying to portray some thug like image. In addition to his thug image, Mayweather Jr is also trying to convince others that he’s a savior of all sports. He’s this big drug crusader. I wish Mayweather Jr would put more effort into fighting legit contenders than he does into manufacturing a certain image. Instead he’s constantly attacking others verbally and getting into trouble with the law.

Author: Rick Rockwell


The Ten Count 04.01.10:Ten Reasons Why I Love Floyd Mayweather Jr.

It's never easy to admit fault, but after a long discussion last night, I've realized that really, given Floyd Mayweather Jr's history in the sport of boxing, it's almost impossible to be against the guy. Ludicrous, even. So, with that being said, I'm just going to jump into this "Ten Count"/apology for my actions.

Ten Reasons Why Ryan Bates Loves Floyd Mayweather Jr.

10. I'll start with the one thing that I've never denied about Floyd Mayweather Jr. – he is exceptionally skilled. Phenomenally skilled. He practically reinvented defensive boxing, defining the sweet science once again as "hit and not get hit," and took it to the Nth degree. When a defensive move becomes labeled as "Mayweather's shoulder roll" you know you're doing something right.

9. Floyd Mayweather Jr. gives to charity. Out of character for him? I think so, but I've seen him do it with my own eyes. You don't hear about it much, but Floyd routinely buys a grip of food for homeless people and passes it out himself. The last time it was reported on the news, it was sandwiches and chips. If this was reported more often, I bet he'd have more people cheering for him than against him.

8. As all of his supporters have repeatedly mentioned, 40-0 is nothing to sneeze at. With such great champions and Hall-Of-Fame locks like Sharmba Mitchell, Carlos Baldomir, and Henry Bruseles, it's understandable why he clearly is the G.O.A.T.

7. His almost-maniacal work ethic, recently demonstrated with his obsession with reaching the catchweight set between himself and top lightweight Juan Manuel Marquez.

6. His sudden need to clean up the sport. Why it took Manny Pacquiao to send Mayweather on this holy quest I'll never understand. I mean, Mayweather is fighting the good fight here. I'm sure Shane Mosley has taken at least 64 tests by now. Not that we've heard about any of them. We hear when Mayweather sneezes in a club or Mosley farts in the Big Bear Mountains, but we haven't heard about any drug tests. Oh well, I'm sure Mayweather is just as insistent with these tests as he was with Pacquiao, and not just making an excuse to save his bacon.

5. His immense mainstream crossover appeal, as demonstrated by... um... the WWE! Well, maybe that's not the best example of mainstream. Uh... he was in... um... that internet provider commercial... and... um... oh yeah! Dancing With The Stars.

4. Philthy Rich Records, and Floyd's bustling rap career.

3. Hahaha! I can't keep this up... I'm laughing too hard over here. You HAD to know there was an April Fool's article coming up! Happy April Fool's Day!

2. The fact that Floyd's Disciples are probably right now working on hate-filled emails and trying to firebomb my house before they even reached Reason Number 3 and figured out it was all a joke. (10 and 9 weren't jokes, by the way. He IS insanely skilled and donates to the homeless.)

1. The fact that come May 1, there's a very valid chance that Floyd Mayweather may not be laughing from the ass-whooping that Shane Mosley might have in store. And that, my friends, is no joke.

Author: Ryan Bates


Pound for Pound: Floyd Mayweather, Manny Pacquiao, or None of the Above?

Ranking a fighter pound-for-pound has never been easy for me.

Some fighters are exciting to watch whether they win or lose. It’s really hard to rank a fighter based on pound-for-pound.

What do you look for?

Some fighters are big punchers who knockout their opponents; then there are some fighters who are so skillful in the ring, that they can hit and don’t get hit. Meaning they give punishment, but taking very little punishment themselves, if any at all.

Should a pound-for-pound fighter be judged on how many opponents they knockout, or what kind of ring generalship they show in the ring? There have been some experts in the sport that don’t believe in a best pound-for-pound ranking. Hall of Fame Trainer and HBO boxing analyst Emanuel Steward does not believe in such a thing.

Steward feels that ranking a boxer pound-for-pound is something that’s been made up of lately. Steward has been involved in the sport of boxing for many decades and “when he’s asked that question” he quickly ops out of it. “I don’t believe in a pound-for-pound ranking,” he’d say without any hesitation.

I remember during a HBO telecast years ago, Hall of Fame Boxing Analyst Jim Lampley asked Steward to pick the pound-for-pound best fighter for that era. Steward quickly responded, “I don’t have one”. I just don’t believe in a pound-for-pound ranking. He then said, “If I had to pick a fighter, I would have to pick my all time favorite, and that is…Sugar Ray Robinson. He would be the only one worth such a title” pound-for-pound in his opinion, he said.

That same year, during a Roy Jones, JR., fight, Lampley asked Former Heavyweight Champion and HBO boxing analyst at the time, George Foreman that same question. Foreman answered saying, “trying to rank a fighter pound-for-pound is pure garbage, there should be no such thing.”

Lampley smiled and turn away.

I really share the same views as Emanuel Steward and George Foreman on this subject. Everyone has their own opinion when it comes to ranking fighters. I’m one that enjoys the “sweet science of boxing.”

I rank fighters high who display skills in the ring. No disrespect to the trainers, but–smart fighters who can think for themselves in the ring to pull off a win, gets my vote.

A fighter that is smart and can deliver punishment without taking much in return, while in the ring, and win, gets my vote.

Fighters such as; Muhammad Ali, Sugar Ray Robinson, Aaron Pryor, Sugar Ray Leonard, Pernell Whitaker, Bernard Hopkins, Sugar Shane Mosley and Floyd ”Money” Mayweather. These fighters have displayed unbelievable skills in the ring. I usually can look at fighter’s face at the end of any bout and see the damage that was done in the ring

Very rarely did these guys show damage to their face after a fight.

I’ve just recently added Manny Pacquiao to these special names above; even though his defense is still a little suspect, but the excitement he always brings makes him worthy.

To place Pacquiao at the top of the current pound-4-pound list, will be based on how well he competes against Mayweather and Mosley should those fights take place.

If there is a pound for pound list, this is what it would be:

1. Floyd Mayweather, JR

2. Shane Mosley

3. Manny “PacMan” Pacquiao

4. Bernard Hopkins

5. Juan Manuel Marquez

6. Paul Williams

7. Chad Dawson

8. Israel Vazquez

9. Miguel Cotto

10. Nonito Donaire

Some may agree or disagree with my picks, but this is how I rank the best fighters in the world today.

Author: Joe Wilson


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