Money Meets the Press

By Robert Ecksel on April 25, 2014
Money Meets the Press
Mayweather said about Maidana, “We're going to take our time and pick the guy apart.”

It’s a bit surprising that Floyd’s fighting Maidana if he thinks Maidana is juicing. That was one of the reasons he refused to fight Pacquiao…

The contrast between Floyd Mayweather and Marcos Maidana couldn’t be greater, especially when talking to the press. During Maidana’s teleconference call he said next to nothing, whereas Mayweather had a lot to say.

After obligatory remarks by Leonard Ellerbe, CEO of Mayweather Promotions, and Stephen Espinoza, Executive Vice President and General Manager of SHOWTIME Sports, we got down to business.

The May 3 pay-per-view fight at the MGM Grand is grandiloquently called The Moment, and Mayweather dutifully thanked those who have made it possible.

“First,” he said, “I want to thank Stephen Espinoza, I want to thank SHOWTIME, I want to thank CBS, I want to thank Leonard Ellerbe, I want to thank Al Haymon, I want to thank Richard Schaefer, I want to thank Kelly Swanson, I want to thank everybody, all the networks and all the people that are covering this fight and all the people that have covered my fights throughout the years.

“I want to thank you guys and I just want to say I really appreciate you and everybody that’s a part of the event and that helped get these events started. THE MOMENT. I couldn’t choose a better team, because we work as one. I know Maidana is going to come and bring his best, so I know that I cannot overlook him, so I’m in training every day and dedicating myself.”

Someone asked Floyd about his relationship with Leonard Ellerbe.

“This is something a lot of people don’t know,” replied Mayweather. “Let me enlighten people on the story with Leonard Ellerbe. Now, Leonard Ellerbe had not a good job but a great-paying job in D.C. He’s from D.C. Had a good-paying job, and people don’t know how Leonard got with me.

“Leonard came out here. Leonard used to go on trips, used to pay his own way to go on trips with us and just help out, and he used to leave his job. He’d leave his job and fly on his own money because he had, I think, it was a six-figure paying job. He also was a fitness trainer. He had another job, so he was making very good money.

“He left all that, paid his own way to come support me, and one particular time he was doing some charity work for me. He was doing everything to make sure I got up to do my runs, he was doing security work for me and everything, and all he was making, it wasn’t big money because I was making good money but I wasn’t paying him what I feel like I should have been paying him. But you know, times have changed. He stuck with me through thick and thin. We’ve been through a lot together. He stuck with me through everything. I’m happy to say he’s a multimillionaire now, so I feel like it was worth it, the wait was worth it, and we go through a lot.

“A lot of times people don’t see we go through a lot. Because we strive for the best. We strive for the best, but at the end of the day it’s about communication and one thing that we can do, I respect him as a man, he respects me as a man and we can communicate, and I will always love Leonard Ellerbe.”

Having established the Ellerbe is a multimillionaire that he loves, the questioning turned to Marcos Maidana. A disingenuous reporter asked Mayweather if he thought Devon Alexander “laid down the blueprint to defeat somebody like Maidana,” as though Mayweather needs any blueprint but his own to beat El Chino.

“I think that what’s different is Maidana may not be accustomed to fighting southpaws, so that could have played a major key into his fight with Devon Alexander. Also he was fighting on Alexander’s turf and I think the difference between me and Alexander, he’s a more straight-up boxer. I think he’s a more straight-up boxer but I think when Maidana’s facing me his confidence is built after he beat Adrien Broner because he feels that both of the styles are very, very similar, so it’s like the same style.

“I think he’s more confident now than he was when he faced the kid from St. Louis, Devon Alexander. I think he’s more confident now, so I think he’s more ready and tough. If you have more confidence it’s going to make you fight harder.”

Fighting harder may benefit Maidana. But fighting smarter, especially against someone like Mayweather, is what Maidana needs to do.

The next question was something of a riddle. “Is Maidana as good as he was against Broner? Is he as bad as he was against Alexander? Or is he really average, in between there somewhere?”

Mayweather has heard it all before and took it in his stride by talking about Alex Ariza.

“You know, I can’t really say, but one thing that I did notice, as some of you know I look at a lot of things. I don’t have anything against anyone, but I noticed that when the guy, Alex Ariza, was in Amir Khan’s corner and when he faced Maidana, Amir Khan looked super strong in that fight. Then you go back and look at it, I go look at Maidana’s fights against certain guys, like when he fought Alexander, he was strong, he was still coming ahead because he’s the kind of guy that comes straight ahead, and liked the looped shots. He wasn’t as strong as he was in the Adrien Broner fight. In the Adrien Broner fight he was a lot stronger than he was in a lot of his past fights.

“So you know, I don’t know if Alex Ariza plays a major role into that, but when I sit back and I look, I’m looking at Pacquiao versus Bradley and I notice ever since Ariza has not been with Pacquiao anymore there’s been a total change in his power. So I look at things like that and I question things like that to myself, but I don’t worry about anything and I’m not going to say nothing about Ariza because I think he’s a pretty cool guy. I don’t really know him, but we got USADA, which is the best in the world, and we’re going to continue to go out there and do what we supposed to do.”

It’s a bit surprising that Mayweather’s fighting Maidana if he thinks Maidana is juicing. That was one of the reasons he refused to fight Pacquiao, before other reasons took their place. But Floyd admitted under questioning that he did watch the fight between Manny and Timothy Bradley.

“I haven’t seen Pacquiao fight in years. I’ve seen highlights. I haven’t seen Pacquiao since before Miguel Cotto. I thought that he deserved congratulations. He’s the better man, but as far as Bradley, whoever he’s working out with, they have to make a lot of changes because he’s lifting too many weights. I think he’s more worried about how he looks when he get on the scale instead of how he performs inside that ring. I thought that Bradley went out there and fought his heart out, but I think he was pulling a lot of shots like an amateur. I think he was making a lot of mistakes and he was very fatigued early on. I think that he was making a lot of mistakes, falling off balance and fighting like an amateur.

“I think both fighters fought like amateurs. I thought Pacquiao fought like an amateur also, and I wasn’t pleased with his performance, but he got the victory the best way he knows how, but I wasn’t pleased with his performance and I’m seeing something totally different in Pacquiao.”

After plugging his favorite website, Mayweather suggested that everyone “go read the story when Freddie Roach was saying that he didn’t know what Alex Ariza was giving his fighters. He didn’t know what he was giving his fighters… It was kind of crazy when I heard that, but like I said before, I don’t see the same pop in Pacquiao’s shots. Once again, I’m not saying this guy is doing anything, but I don’t see the same snap in his shots. He’s getting tired when he wasn’t getting tired before. I’m seeing something totally different whereas me, I’m still sharp, I’m still smart, I’m not getting fatigued. I wasn’t getting fatigued from the beginning, and those are the things that I see. I don’t know if you guys see it, but that’s what I see.”

Having dispensed with Pacquiao, for the time being if not forever (not that it matters at this point), Mayweather meandered in response to meandering questions concerning his legacy, his business interests, and his whatnot. Floyd propped up Maidana, who is an 11-1 underdog, before saying, “We’re going to take our time and pick the guy apart.”

Mayweather was asked if he’d consider fighting Bernard Hopkins, who has called him out more than once. Floyd wasn’t dismissive of The Alien, nor was he effusive.

“I think everybody’s trying to hit the jackpot and fight Floyd Mayweather, from heavyweight all the way down to flyweight. I think Bernard Hopkins, I didn’t get to see the fight. I think I caught the first two rounds because I really wanted to watch Kid Chocolate because he’s originally from Grand Rapids, Michigan, so I wanted to root for Kid Chocolate because I know he’s a friend of mine and he came up watching me. But I watched the first couple rounds and I thought that Bernard Hopkins was losing the fight, I guess. Then I went for a six-mile run, so I guess when I was out doing my six-mile run I guess he picked the pace up and I guess he was victorious. But I can’t take that away from Bernard Hopkins. He’s a legend. He’s a legend like myself and of course, you get your biggest payday when you’re facing Floyd Mayweather.”

Floyd spoke about Canelo. He mentioned Jose Luis Castillo. He knocked Larry Merchant. He praised Emanuel Burton. He compared himself to LeBron James. But all that matters, as far as we’re concerned, is what happens when The Moment arrives.

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  1. Peter 08:28am, 04/30/2014

    I’m really looking forward to this weekend’s fight and the undercard.

    My friend just wrote an article about Floyd. It talks about his rise to fame and how his work ethic paved the way:

  2. chemjong 07:18am, 04/29/2014

    Did you think to try with Bradley!? You never get success to cross him!!

  3. George Thomas Clark 04:40pm, 04/26/2014

    FFC - that’s a good phrase you fashioned about money, and it focuses on an issue that’s always baffled me: why is Floyd (evidently) afraid to jump since he would likely win.  In an interview a couple of years ago Manny said, “Sort of that,” when asked if Floyd was afraid of him.  I don’t think that’s quite it, but haven’t decoded his obsessive avoidance of by far the most logical opponent.

  4. The Fight Film Collector 11:45am, 04/26/2014

    If I know anything about Floyd Mayweather, it’s never to take anything he says in public at face value.  It’s what he’s not talking about that matters.  Displays like the one Robert describes here so well, is Floyd doing to the public out of the ring the same thing he does to his opponents inside the ring.  He’s the same person in either location.  Listening to his analysis of Pacquiao’s recent fights is like watching a Paratrooper, geared up for war, standing at the airplane hatch, but rather than jumping into the battle, he just stands there and talks politics.

  5. George Thomas Clark 10:26pm, 04/25/2014

    Floyd’s a perceptive observer but not the only one to observe that Manny Pacquiao isn’t as relentless and powerful as he once was.  Guys with a style like Pacquiao’s have to slow down.  He’s done that and, especially after Marquez 4, is more conservative defensively.  I think Floyd’s 3-1 to beat him, but a prudent Pacquiao would make the fight at least good and perhaps great.

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