35 year old Floyd Mayweather interviewed with Bob Costas on NBC. The 46-0 boxer appeared to make an effort to choose his words carefully. But somehow he still ended up admitting that he feared getting hurt in a fight with Pacquiao. But the most interesting thing about this interview is the way Floyd speaks about his father. He says Mayweather Sr. is jealous of him because he is everything he wanted to be.. Floyd even goes to the point to say his dad mistreated his mom and his mom was nothing but kind to him..
Now I will be honest like I always am and tell you that I don’t watch much sports, but I attended a good majority of Floyd’s bouts.. From my perspective Floyd is solidly making a wise decision because at the end of the day it’s all about winning.. When everything is done and over with it’s about winning or losing and how much money you have in the bank..
Muhammad Ali was a great fighter. He is held in the highest regard. BUT true to what Floyd stated Ali is without his health and would definitely give all the money back in exchange.. So after reading this article on Boxing Insider I’m not understanding how the writer can dare call Floyd a coward just because he is not doing what he wants him to do.. You know they say pressure will burst a pipe. But Floyd is refusing to burst by falling under such pressure.
Boxing Insider Had This To say:
Now the truth has finally been confirmed by Floyd Mayweather himself: He’s afraid of getting pounded on like a punching bag by Manny Pacquiao.
Mayweather admitted this to Bob Costas in an NBC show interview about why he doesn’t want to fight Pacquiao. “I am in the game to win, not just inside the ring, but outside the ring,” stated Mayweather. “My health is more important than anything.”
Costas then countered with, “Are you implying there is something to fear in Manny Pacquiao?”
Floyd: “I don’t fear no one. If you’re insinuating that I’m a scared fighter, why would you want to watch a scared fighter?”
Earlier in the interview, Mayweather mentioned Muhammad Ali’s health. “With or without Manny Pacquiao, Floyd Mayweather is okay. Floyd Mayweather fights for Floyd Mayweather. At the end of the day, Floyd Mayweather has to be happy and comfortable…Look at the Ali situation. Fans pushed him to get into fights at the end of his career that he didn’t want to get in…If Ali could trade it all in for his health, he would.”
(Note: Let me correct Floyd. Ali was not forced by fans to get in the ring with Joe Frazier, George Foreman, Ken Norton, Larry Holmes or Trevor Berbick. Money, pride and a fearless belief in his skills were the motivation for Ali to take those fights.)
Floyd also said: “One shot can end your whole career. Boxing is a very deadly sport.”
Costas said Floyd has to fight Pacquiao, to see who is the best, to give the fans what they want and to pump up the sport with a much-needed big, exciting, Super Bowl event: “I come first. Self preservation. I gotta worry about my family. If the fight don’t happen, so be it.”
There you go: “Self preservation.” So the reasons Mayweather gave us for two years of ducking and dodging Pacquiao – drug tests, fake retirements, Manny has to leave Arum and be his own boss, no 50-50 split, he doesn’t need Manny, it’s all Bob Arum’s fault, etc. – were indeed mere smokescreens, bluffs and lies. Cleverly but dishonestly used to cover up the real secret truth – Mayweather fears for his health because he knows Pacquiao would simply beat the hell out of him.
Mayweather knows his skills that pay the bills wouldn’t work against Manny Pacquiao.
This surprising admission by Mayweather now puts heavy pressure on HBO. The sport of boxing is supposed to be about the best gladiators testing their courage and talents against the best of the best. Now HBO must fully recognize, if they paid attention to what Floyd Mayweather told NBC’s Bob Costas, that Floyd Mayweather is a manufactured fraud, a coward who is unworthy of being marketed and promoted as a premium sports attraction. Mayweather is a pretender who would be better suited for the world of professional wrestling.
It would be counterproductive for the most powerful television network in American boxing to promote and market, with maximum resources, a cowardly fraud who doesn’t care about the sport or it’s fans, only about perserving his own career with safe, low-risk, set up opponents.
“I’m in a great position, a very lucrative position,” Mayweather told Costas, who was pressuring him to accept the 50-50 split with Pacquiao. “I’m NOT giving up the split. I can’t. I can’t afford to.”
Of course he can’t and won’t. Mayweather and his advisor Al Haymon manipulate HBO and the public like subordinates. With HBO’s promotional machine at their beck and call, Mayweather and Haymon think they can keep on going for as long as they wish, making easy money safe “fights” via their stooges at HBO and most of the American media.
Don’t forget, Mayweather already told us that he doesn’t love boxing anymore like he used to because “it’s not real anymore.”
With that in mind, can we really expect Mayweather vs. Cotto to be fought at full intensity on May 5, since Mayweather said his “self preservation” is top priority? If Mayweather is, as he says, so concerned about his health, which is “more important than anything”, how do we know for sure he and Cotto won’t make one of those Teddy Atlas silent agreements? Like Floyd told us at Fight hype, “Boxing isn’t real anymore.”
I mean, how much longer can this great deception be allowed to contaminate the sport of boxing?
And you have to wonder if, after this Mayweather revelation to Costas, the powers that be at HBO continue to permit Mayweather’s advisor Al Haymon to use and manipulate the network like his own personal broadcasting service, like he has done for the last five years with Mayweather, Broner, Arreola, Williams, Jacobs, Berto, Mitchell, etc. How many more super fights will be canceled because one fighter and his advisor fear coming out on the loser’s end, which would destroy their “great position” and leverage?
I’m curious as to what you make of the interview. Does this interview put pressure on HBO? Is Mayweather being a coward?
Via: Boxing Insider