Roger Mayweather Central

By Robert Ecksel on September 15, 2011
Roger Mayweather Central
“Freddie Roach ain't train shit,” Roger Mayweather said. “He can't fight his own self.”

There’s something about Roger Mayweather, but I can’t quite put my finger on it. He was one helluva fighter. No one disputes that. And if his nephew Floyd is any indication, he’s a helluva a trainer as well. But when listening to Roger, I often shake my head in disbelief. It’s not only what he says. It’s the way he says it.

During a 15-minute roundtable interview to promote Saturday’s fight against Victor Ortiz, Roger commanded the room. There were many things he might have spoken about, but stuck with the “take the test, take the test” mantra.

“All he gotta do is take that test,” Roger said about Manny Pacquiao. “He take that test, he gonna get his ass whupped like the rest of the 41. If you ain’t got nothing to hide, then you take it. If you got something to hide, then you won’t take it or you’ll question it.”

It was pointed out that Pacquiao agreed to take the same test that Victor Ortiz and Shane Mosley had taken, but Roger wasn’t buying it.

“Well, if he take that test he gonna get his ass whupped too. He ain’t agreed to that though.

“The whole thing is about what Pacquiao got. What do he really got in him? That’s all it was about. It ain’t about Pacquiao fighting. Nobody is worried about that. That’s the easy part. If he took the test he would’ve got his ass whupped a long time ago. But he ain’t took it, have he?”

If one says something long enough, it starts sounding like the truth. But who has time for nitpicking?

“There is always a reason why somebody is good,” Roger said. “You can’t question why my nephew is good. Why don’t you question Pacquiao? He’s been knocked out twice at 125 pounds. Now he’s beating guys that weigh more than 150 pounds? Alright then. I ain’t got to elaborate about it. I know he’s going to say some bullshit about me, but that’s okay.

“All he got to do is take that test. You’re supposed to take the test. Ain’t you? I thought you were supposed to take the test. Ain’t you? You would take the test, wouldn’t you?”

Roger thinks Pacquiao is a second-rate fighter, and a juiced up second-rate fighter at that. And Pacquiao’s trainer, Freddie Roach, is barely worthy of consideration: “Freddie Roach? Freddie Roach ain’t train shit. He can’t fight his own self. I used to whup his ass all the time, so I know he can’t fight. It ain’t about Freddie Roach fighting anyway. The whole thing is about what Pacquiao got in him.”

If I were Pacquaio I would take the test, if for no other reason than it would force Roger Mayweather to talk about something else.

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  1. mikecasey 04:46am, 09/19/2011

    I certainly don’t think Roger would get the old joke about one man saying to another, “I met an old pal of yours the other day who said you didn’t know shit - but don’t worry, I told him you did.”

  2. The Thresher 05:03am, 09/16/2011

    Roger is one that requires compartmentalizing as well. In the corner, he knows exactly what he is doing and is outstanding. Outside the corner, he is out of his sanctuary and makes a bit of a fool of himself. But say what you will, Roger is an original. I like him.

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