Thursday, April 15, 2010


"Shane has talent, I have a gift. A God-given gift."

- Six-Time World Champion in Five Weight Divisions Floyd "Money" Mayweather said on April 14, 2010 at his open media workout at the Mayweather Boxing Gym in Las Vegas, NV.

"I think Shane is acting out of character. Why would someone wait until they were 38 years old to get a tattoo? I think he feels the pressure of this fight and is thinking about how he is going to beat me.

"There is a blue print to beat him because he has lost five times already. But there is no blueprint to beat me. I think he feels the pressure. I don't have any pressure. I am just getting ready to fight.

"Mosley has problems with boxers. He lost to Winky Wright from a one-handed jab in his face all night long. Now he is facing someone sharp as a razor with two hands. He has been dropped and wobbled on numerous occasions. If he tries to bum rush me, he is going to get clipped.

"No one has a chance to beat me. All of these fighters do the same interviews, talking about how they are going to beat me. Guess what? Same interviews, same results. It hasn't happened yet.

"They all talk about Shane's strength, but in boxing you need all over strength from head to toe. If we were in a weightlifting match then strength might have something to do it with it. But we are in a boxing match and I am the best boxer in the sport. If you compare our records you have to ask yourself which fighter is better and smarter. That would have to be me. This is boxing, the beautiful sport called boxing.

"Shane is a solid welterweight with great accomplishments, but I have been fighting these kinds of fighters my whole career without much appreciation. No one gives me credit for who I have fought during my career. From early to now, look at the opponents I have faced and see where they were when they faced me in the ring.

"My main focus is who I am facing at the time. So many try to build an opponent or a fighter to figure me out and no one has done it yet and Shane won't do it either.

"I train hard and each time a little harder. I always want to look better than the fight before. Faster, stronger. I work hard in the gym to perfect my game. I push as far as I can as this is about the future for me and my family.

"It doesn't matter who I am fighting, I always fight with tenacity.

"A lot of these fighters are media creations. I got this far on my own. I can make anybody look like a nobody.

"I tried to face Mosley before but he outbid himself. Back then we weren't making that kind of money. I was making more than him, but still you have to be realistic. It has to be a fair amount. Now he sees how much I am making and how much he can make fighting me, but now he's older with losses. I was trying to fight him when he was undefeated and he wasn't a smart enough businessman to make a fair deal.

"I am a competitive athlete and before we make any fight the cash has to be right. When you are young, you fight to show you are better and then you prove it. At this level, it is about money because I already proved the rest. I perfected how to get money in the pros and I write my own checks.

"I believe in the drug testing because I want to help clean up the sport. What is so wrong about making sure a fight is fair? I just want to compete knowing that you have two hands, two legs and a heart just like me. Nothing else should be a factor and the USADA drug testing, which can detect things not found in urine testing alone, helps make that happen. It is only fairness I am looking for because when it comes down to it and after all things are said by each guy's team and the media and the fans, the only thing that matters on the night of the fight is me and him. It is just us in the ring and we have to fight each other to show which one of us is the best. Nothing else matters but that.

"I was born to get it done. I have trained hard for every fight and then I just train harder. I have never taken a short cut to my success. My dad and uncle know this and I am glad they are both here."

Floyd Mayweather Jr and Floyd Mayweather Sr comment on Manny Pacquiao’s defamation lawsuit

In a recent interview, Floyd Mayweather Jr and his father Floyd Sr both commented on the defamation law suit that Manny Pacquiao had filed against the Mayweathers and top members of Golden Boy Promotions. The law suit was in response to the public accusations, by the previously mentioned parties, that Manny was taking PEDs. Let’s examine these comments.
“Right now, there’s litigation going on with the courts. There’s really nothing to talk about. He ain't nobody anyway. I’ve never heard of anybody doing something like this in boxing.” Floyd Mayweather Sr, Las Vegas Sun
I can’t recall a lawsuit like this before between two prominent figures in the sport of Boxing. But, I also can’t recall a public bashing like this before. The extent that the Mayweathers have gone to bash Manny Pacquiao is beyond acceptable. They’ve attacked everything about Manny from his ethnicity, his success, his country, and his fellow countrymen.
They accused Manny of taking illegal drugs and saying that his career has been a big lie. They claim that Manny is scared to fight Floyd if he can’t take his PEDs. It has been arguably the worse personal attack I’ve ever seen in sports.
“I don’t know what lawsuit you’re talking about. I’m famous. I get lawsuits from people all the time. Next question.” Floyd Mayweather Sr, Las Vegas Sun
I actually think this response is hilarious. Floyd Jr has been involved in many lawsuits in the past mostly because of his own doing. There was the failed real estate venture and civil suits for his assault charges just to name a few.
It’s probably best that Floyd Jr didn’t specifically respond to the lawsuit. Everyone is waiting for him to open his mouth about it. I’m actually surprised that Floyd hasn’t really said much in regards to the lawsuit. It might be the smartest thing he has done.
Linda Williams Sacramento, CA “Has Team Pacquiao said anything lately about the lawsuit?”
Last I heard, Bob Arum talked about how Team PacMan will keep pursuing the lawsuit. They won’t pull it off the table if Mayweather and Pacquiao renew fight talks.
Nicholas St. Clair Sacramento, CA “Do you think Pacquiao was a baby for filing the lawsuit?”
I actually commend Team PacMan for doing it. There has to be some limitation to the things people can publicly say. The Mayweathers went too far and something needed to be done. I’m not sure how successful PacMan will be in court. But I do feel he has already succeeded some by forcing the Mayweathers to restrain themselves from spewing so many false accusations.

Author: Rick Rockwell


Mosley has soft heart for Pacquiao

MANILA, Philippines - Manny Pacquiao, the greatest boxer in the planet today, recently said he’s picking Shane Mosley to prevail over Floyd Mayweather Jr. when the two Americans square off on May 1 in Las Vegas.

It was time for Mosley to return the favor.

The reigning WBA welterweight champion has wished Pacquiao well in his bid for a congressional seat in the May 10 national elections in the Philippines, and said he’d love to visit the country.

Pacquiao has welcomed some of his former opponents to the Philippines, among them Erik Morales, Juan Manuel Marquez and David Diaz, and wouldn’t think twice taking Mosley in as his visitor.

In an article that came out of Digital Journal yesterday, the 38-year-old Mosley, who will stake his WBA belt against the unbeaten Mayweather, said he likes Pacquiao as a boxer and politician.

“Pacquiao has the spirit of a champion in and out of the ring,” said Mosley, who’s among those being considered as Pacquiao’s next opponent.

“I think it’s a great thing that he could be President or a congressman in the Philippines. I think it’s a great thing. I’d love to come to the Philippines and visit and say hi and have dinner and hang out in the Philippines. He can show me around.

“I’d like to congratulate him on the campaign. To even get that far, and to be able to run for Congress is a great thing, a great accomplishment for a fighter, for all fighters. He’s doing a great thing,” said the native of California.

Pacquiao defeated Joshua Clottey last March 14 in Texas, and kept his WBO welterweight crown. The Pinoy icon said he is temporarily retired as he continues to focus on his bid in the elections.

Pacquiao, according to his promoter, Bob Arum, may fight in September in case he fails in the polls, and in November if he gets elected and becomes the first boxer-congressman, as it is, he’s the one and only holder of seven world titles in seven different weight classes.

And Mosley is being considered a possible opponent, even if the possibility looked bleak following the inclusion of a rematch clause in his contract with Mayweather, meaning if Mosley wins on May 1, Mayweather may seek a rematch by the end of the year.

Pacquiao, on the other hand, may end up facing Antonio Margarito, his stablemate at Top Rank.

For the meantime, it’s easy to say that there’s no bad blood between Pacquiao and Mosley, and a fight between these two gentlemen may be easier to make than one involving Mayweather, considered the greatest of his era.

Until Pacquiao came along.

Author: Abac Cordero


Image gallery: Floyd Mayweather arrives in a Ferrari and proclaims his greatness to the media

Earlier today Floyd Mayweather Jr. conducted an open media workout at his own personal gym in Las Vegas, Nevada. Mayweather was fashionably late, arriving around 3:45 pm as opposed to the scheduled 2 o’clock time but the buzz in the air and the characters in the building kept everyone’s interest until then.

Arriving in a sleek white Ferrari, Mayweather's presence was instantly felt. As he entered the gym Floyd immediately headed to the southeast corner of the facility where he conducted an in depth interview with several members of the media. Not holding anything back, Mayweather spoke of his flamboyant lifestyle, his god-given abilities, and of course his May 1st clash with ‘Sugar’ Shane Mosley.

Taking place at the MGM Grand, the Mayweather-Mosley contest could very well be this year’s most anticipated fight. Mosley is considered by many to be Floyd’s biggest challenge to date and if Mayweather’s training regimen was any indication he is surely going into this contest with much focus and determination.

After speaking to the press Mayweather made his way to the ring and started shadowboxing with much vigor. Looking extremely fit, Mayweather rattled off combinations in mid-air at a lightning quick pace for the better part of ten minutes. The gym was chalked full of fighters, members of the media, and several people from Floyd’s entourage. During Mayweather’ shadowboxing there was probably thirty or so photographers and people filming Floyd’s every move.

Mayweather returned to the sport in September of last year with a whitewashing of proud Mexican Juan Manuel Marquez. It was Mayweather’s first fight since his retirement from the sport and today’s media workout showcased the fact that Floyd is right where he wants to be as he is again the center of attention fighting in the sport he loves most.

Author: Chris Robinson


Opinion: Shane Mosley is Manny Pacquiao's Newest Boxing Fan

Shane Mosley has some good words for Manny Pacquiao. He says he'd love to be shown around by the Filipino boxer if and when he visits the Philippines. He is also doing great in his political career, Mosley said during a recent press conference.
Filipino boxing champion Manny Pacquiao has gained a new friend in Shane Mosley who is lining up for a crack at the pound-for-pound king's WBO welterweight belt.
In a recent news conference about the USADA random drug testing protocol which he and Floyd Mayweather, jr. have agreed to take in connection with their May 1 encounter at the MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas, Nevada, Mosley says, he wish Pacquiao can show him around if and when he visits the Philippines.
Mosley who is eyeing a match with Manny Pacquiao if a rematch clause in his fight with Mayweather is not exercised, says 'Pacquiao has the spirit of a champion in and out of the ring'.
"I think it's a great thing that he could be President or a congressman in the Philippines," said Mosley. "I think it's a great thing. I'd love to come to the Philippines and visit and say hi and have dinner and hang out in the Philippines. He can show me around.
"I'd like to congratulate him on the campaign," he added. "To even get that far, and to be able to run for Congress is a great thing, a great accomplishment for a fighter, for all fighters. He's doing a great thing.
It appears that a Pacquiao-Mosley fight will take place within the year. The match has a better chance of becoming a reality as Mayweather is expected to continue his demand for the Olympic-style USADA drug testing protocol which the Pacquiao team earlier declined.
A Pacquiao-Mosley fight would be easier to arrange as Mosley has earlier shown his willingness to face Pacquiao under the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) supervison.
Likewise boxing fans see an exciting fight in a Pacquiao-Mosley match as both boxers are known for their offensive boxing stance.
Both boxers love to brawl and this is what boxing fans like to witness and enjoy. They are of the opinion that a Pacquiao-Myyweather fight could end up as another boring fight similar to the Pacquiao-Clottey match which boxing fans did not like.
Similarly, a Pacquiao-Andre Berto fight could also present a good choice for millions of boxing fans around the world as the protagonists are known for their offensive fighting styles.
Manny Pacquiao has said earlier that he wants to entertain his fans by fighting actively inside the ring and a fight with either Mosley and Andre Berto would clearly satisfy the wishes of boxing fans.

Author: Leo Reyes


Mayweather may respect Mosley but he shows no worry as fight date approaches

Beyond the perks of massive wealth, national celebrity and his standing as one of the two best boxers in the world, Floyd Mayweather Jr.'s 40-0 record provides him the ability to answer tough questions simply.

Mayweather, 33, had a news conference Wednesday as he continued preparing for his welterweight showdown against Shane Mosley May 1 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Mayweather was asked how this stiff challenge was affecting him.

"There's only two game plans people try against me: bum-rush me or try to out-box me," Mayweather said inside his gym inside a string of small businesses a short drive from the Strip. "They can never do either one.

"You guys ask me the same questions, and it's the same result every time."

Mayweather camp insiders acknowledge their fighter is in for perhaps the toughest test of his career, a battle against Mosley, the proud 38-year-old from Pomona who's coming off a January 2009 pummeling of Antonio Margarito. And last September, Mosley stepped into the ring to call out Mayweather after his one-sided decision over Juan Manuel Marquez.

"This guy's bigger than Marquez, was a good amateur like Floyd, has good hand speed and power," Mayweather's trainer and uncle Roger Mayweather said. "I still say [if] we get him in the middle of the ring, we'll get him. There ain't a more skilled fighter in the middle of the ring than my nephew. But Mosley is among the elite my nephew's ever faced," pausing to scratch his goatee and think, "probably the No. 1 guy as far as skill level."

The respect is there. Mayweather's assistant trainer, Nate Jones, tells how Mayweather Jr. got off the plane in Las Vegas a few weeks ago after a Los Angeles news conference, and quickly summoned his friend to drive alongside him as he ran nearly 10 miles.

"He's fighting one of the best fighters out there, and knows he has to be in the shape of his life," Jones said. "He's done it. I predict he's going to knock Mosley out, the way he's hitting and letting his hands go. This is a fight where that can happen."

Such an outcome would be a major boost for Mayweather's reputation. Despite his perfect record, he's often criticized for not truly engaging his opponent and avoiding major tests to his chin as he follows his "hit and not be hit" style.

"He wants to show the world he's the greatest," Jones said. "It took this guy four days to get in shape, and he'll keep training up until about three, four days before the fight. I've told him, ‘Floyd, you're getting scary.' He says, ‘Nate, I gotta beat this [guy].' "

Talking as he shadowboxes and hits the mitts of his uncle in the ring, Mayweather only concedes that he "trains harder every fight. I push myself hard, I know what I need to do.

"I already shut everyone up," he said. "This fight is for me and my family."

Mayweather said of Mosley's power, "Nothing bothers me. I got nothing to worry about. There's a way to beat him. He wants to rush me? He'll get clipped."

He then mocked Mosley, joking that his opponent "punches with his eyes closed," is distracted by divorce proceedings and has acted differently, getting an arm tattoo and "nose job."

"Shane's talented. I'm gifted."

Want to argue? Tough to do against 40-0.

Author: Lance Pugmire

Is the ‘rematch clause’ with Mosley a ‘smart business decision’ or a ‘sign of fear’ for Floyd Jr

Just recently, the spotlight has been shined on the fact that Floyd Mayweather Jr had a rematch clause put into his fight contract with Shane Mosley. Shane’s camp says that Mayweather did it to protect himself. Mayweather’s camp says it was a smart business decision. Let’s examine further.

Smart Business Decision

"It was only put in there [by Mayweather's manager] because it's good business, Floyd didn't even know it was there until later," Leonard Ellerbe, LA Times.

First, I don’t believe for one second that Mayweather Jr didn’t know it was put in there. It was probably his idea. Second, I do agree that it is smart business. Here are a few reasons why:

If Mayweather loses, then it gives him a chance to avenge his first loss.
It’s a guarantee to big money for 2 fights. We all know how Mayweather loves and needs his money.
It does protect Mayweather Jr from any unforeseen circumstances which Ellerbe also shared with the LA Times.

"There could be a cut, a slip, a head butt, a no-contest called," Ellerbe said. "Those things have happened before in boxing. If they do, we're covered. We'll get another fight. That's the only reason it was put in there, not because Floyd was thinking about a loss. He didn't even know it was in there until we told him." Leonard Ellerbe

A sign of fear

Now there are many Floyd critics who say that the immediate rematch clause is a sign that Mayweather is afraid of Mosley. This is possibly true but we will never know because Mayweather will never say so. However, with Mayweather’s history of “ducking” and “running, his critics have some serious ammunition for their claims that Mayweather is afraid of Mosley.

How many of Mayweather’s previous fights had immediate rematch clauses? I can’t remember there being much hype about any immediate rematch clauses for Floyd.


Mikey Jones Sacramento, CA “Did Floyd add the immediate rematch clause because he thinks he will lose to Mosley?

Honestly, I think it’s a little bit of smart business and a little bit of fear. Mosley does have the best chance of beating Mayweather than anyone else Floyd has faced in a long time. Mosley is a HOF boxer who will come to fight. On the other hand, anything can happen in a big time fight. So, an immediate rematch clause is smart business too.

Author: Rick Rockwell


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