Money Mayweather Meets the Press

By Robert Ecksel on April 24, 2015
Money Mayweather Meets the Press
“I’m a fighter. I’m a professional prizefighter. I believe in God and I love God.” (Mike Meth)

God did his fair share of smiting in the past. Maybe we should ask the survivors of Sodom and Gomorrah what they think…

“The media’s the most powerful entity on earth. They have the power to make the innocent guilty and to make the guilty innocent, and that’s power. Because they control the minds of the masses.”—Malcolm X

In an attempt to control the message, Floyd Mayweather met with handpicked members of the press via teleconference call this week and it was business as usual.

After brief intros by Kelly Swanson and Leonard Ellerbe, the call was turned over to the man of the hour.

“Hey,” said Mayweather, “how is everyone doing? I want to thank Leonard. I want to thank Kelly. I want to thank my team. I want to thank all the media from around the world that have been covering this fight. I want to thank everyone. I just want to say that you guys are doing a great job and I appreciate you.”

Thank you, Floyd. The feeling is mutual.

Cutting to the quick and deviating somewhat from the script, Mayweather was asked about his controversial comment that he was better than Muhammad Ali and Sugar Ray Robinson, even though the questioner failed to mention Sugar Ray, an unforgivable but hardly surprising oversight.

“I just feel like, like I said before, I take my hat off and then acknowledge all of the past champions. Ali, I think he was a legend. I respect Ali like I respect any other champion. I just feel like I’ve done everything I can do in this sport over my whole life, for 30-something years. I feel like I’ve done just as much in this sport as Ali did. There’s no disrespect to him. I just feel like, when you look at it, Ali was great in one weight class, which is heavyweight. But he stood up for a good cause; he stood up for a hell of a cause in his era. I think that it’s hard for a guy to beat me. I’m still sharp, still very, very sharp at the age of 38. Still going strong at the age of 38. There’s no disrespect to Ali, as I said before. I just feel like I’m the best, no different from how he called himself ‘The Greatest,’ I call myself ‘TBE.’ I’m pretty sure that I will get criticized for what I said, but I can care less. I couldn’t care less about the backlash. I believe what I believe like he probably got criticized at one particular time when he said that he was The Greatest. He felt like he was better than Sugar Ray Robinson. The list goes on and on. I’m pretty sure there’s going to be another fighter that’s going to come along and say he’s better than Floyd Mayweather and he’s going to get criticized.”

Among the nonsensical things spouted preceding the fight, it’s hard to choose which is most ridiculous. But Freddie Roach’s comment about this fight being for nothing less than the soul of boxing may take the cake.

“I’m not going to speak negative about Freddie Roach,” Floyd said. “I’m not fighting Freddie Roach, so I’m not worried about that at all. Freddie Roach, he’s Pacquiao’s trainer and he’s going to do what he has to do for his fighter to win. If that’s trying to get an edge, then that’s what he should do. If I say something about the guy, they’re going to think Floyd is picking on a guy, who is not 100 percent healthy. Then, if I comment on some of the stuff he says, he’s making this basically a God and devil type thing. The best way to handle a situation like that is not to say anything at all, if you don’t have anything positive to say. He don’t have to get in there and fight, so when it comes down to it, it’s up to the two fighters. He’s entitled to say what he wants to say, but the fighter is not speaking like that. I couldn’t care less because it comes down to the two fighters. I wish Freddie Roach nothing but the best. I don’t have anything negative to say about him. I’m truly blessed to be where I’m at and I’m thankful to be where I’m at.”

Not to be outdone by Freddie’s crazy talk, Manny said God is in his corner and wants him to win.

“I actually believe God loves us all,” Mayweather said. “The people that are on this call, every writer, every fighter, every athlete that goes out there and competes. God loves us all. Once again, I’m a fighter. What I do, I’m a professional prizefighter. I believe in God and I love God. I don’t think God takes sides.”

If memory serves, God did his fair share of smiting in the past. Maybe we should ask the survivors of Sodom and Gomorrah what they think.

A compliant journalist asked Floyd if he was excited about the fight.

“It’s just like I said before. I’m not really going crazy. It’s just a fight to me. I know it’s the biggest fight in boxing history, but I can’t approach it like that because I’m not going to put any unnecessary pressure on myself. He’s a fighter that’s extremely talented, he’s a very good fighter also, and my thing is just to be Floyd Mayweather. People actually don’t know how this fight going to be fought. I can’t say. Like I said before, I’m not a psychic. I cannot predict the future. But I will be at my best May 2nd.”

On the subject of legacy, of this being the defining fight of his career, Mayweather said, “It’s just another fight. I just look at the situation. He’s another guy that I faced. You’re just going to say in history, that these two faced each other at one particular time. It was hard to make the fight happen, eventually they made the fight happen, and we faced each other… When Pacquiao first saw me in Miami, he didn’t expect to see me over there at the basketball game. He looked shocked, like, ‘Damn, he is taller than me. He’s bigger than what I thought he was.’ Just being in the sport for so long, you’re able to read body language; you’re able to read a fighter’s eyes.”

Pacquiao may be short, but “It’s obvious he’s done something right to get to this point. I have to respect that…he’s one of the last good fighters of this era.”

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  1. Eric 08:16am, 04/25/2015

    The demsheviks proposed taking Andrew Jackson off the twenty dollar bill and replacing Mr. Jackson with a female. Why not Floyd or how about the “new” Bruce Jenner?

  2. Mongol 04:06pm, 04/24/2015

    Well said Floyd Money Mayweather.

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