The Mayweathers: We Are Family

By Robert Ecksel on February 14, 2013
The Mayweathers: We Are Family
The First Family of Boxing, however gifted in the bruising art, has been a bit dysfunctional.


Sigmund Freud would have had a field day with the Mayweathers. When he wasn’t shooting cocaine or unlocking the doors of perception, he might have found the relationship between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and his father a suitable subject to study.

Among the Viennese psychoanalyst’s many contributions to the end of innocence was the oedipal complex, a phrase Freud named after the star of Sophocles’ Oedipus Rex, a doomed character who mistakenly kills his father and marries his mother.

That may sound like nasty business, but it pegged the psychosexual development which includes a boy’s anger toward his father, with whom he is supposedly in competition for possession of his mother.

We’re not suggesting any hanky-panky, unconscious or otherwise, between the Mayweathers. But the First Family of Boxing, however gifted in the bruising art, has been nothing if not dysfunctional, at least until now.

Most of us have been so focused on Money May’s next opponent that we’ve overlooked who if anyone was going to replaced the indisposed Roger, Floyd’s uncle and longtime trainer.

Well, that lack of speculation can be put to rest.

“Me & my trainer (my dad) back working together getting ready for May 4th,” Floyd wrote yesterday, which is good news for those who were wondering.

It’s a fact that there would be no Floyd Mayweather Jr. had it not been for Floyd Mayweather Sr. He not only gave him life. He also gave him boxing, which is no small thing from our vantage point.

Their volatile relationship will likely continue, and Floyd Sr. no sooner needs to tell Floyd Jr. what to do in the ring than he needs to tell Secretariat to gallop or James Brown to get down. But Money May, to his credit, has reached out to his formerly estranged father, which suggests there may be more to the man than the myth had led us to believe.

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  1. the thresher 08:04am, 02/18/2013

    I’m beginning tear up over this reunion. Very emotional. Now please pass the puke bucket. Floyd Jr. needs a trainer like I need a dose of shingles.

    Just hold the gloves up while Lil Floyd warms up and stfu because no one can understand what you say anyway.

  2. Mundele 09:49am, 02/17/2013

    I really disagree with Duran Boy who said that Floyd has hand picked most of his fights, and Cotto wanted him out around 3/4 years ago.

    Let’s be honest to ourselves.
    What difference was it to make 3/4 years ago? Are you saying Cotto was more dangerous and more skilled than Floyd at that time, and suddenly things changed four years later?
    As for Pacquiao, it never crossed my mind at any time that this guy was to beat Floyd. I came to this conclusion by seeing how Floyd destroyed all the southpaws he ever fought, and believe it or not Pacquiao was not to make any difference.

    A lot of people underestimate Floyd I don’t know for what reason, but the best way to find out how exceptional this guy is, is to interview all the fighters he faced.
    Only those fighters can evaluate his true qualities, and not those who never laced boxing gloves.

    When he fought Ortiz, the haters came with an excuse: Ortiz was too green. Have you never seen young fighters crushing the older ones? For this one the list is long. Rocky Marciano, Ali, Larry Holmes, Mike Tyson, Oscar De La Hoya, Fernando Vargas, so and so on. It was fine for them, but a sin for Floyd. 
    When he fought Mosley; Mosley was too old. Have you never seen old guys knocking young guys out? George Foreman did many times. If Mosley could not do it, it is simply because Floyd is better than him. Don’t you get it?

    The treatment you are giving to Floyd is not new. Ali went through it, and now that he is old and out of boxing, all the hypocrites who wrecked his career praise him. Mike Tyson and Roy Jones Jr went through it too.

    No one talks about Rocky Marciano. This guy fought old guys and became a legend. Double standard? Yes it is.

  3. Darrell 05:17pm, 02/15/2013

    AK said it best.

    Floyd’s at the pinnacle & has the clout to do things his way.  All power to him.

    People still pulling the “Floyd ducked Pac” thing?  It’s clear that both fighters made & agreed to concessions, therefore the greater sin is with….the Bobfather, who was never going to sacrifice his cash cow.

  4. The Fight Film Collector 12:06pm, 02/15/2013

    Robert, great writing as always, but please don’t make me look again.  These two gentleman were a story 10 years ago, but now they’re not even a side-show.  As for Floyd, it may be harsh to claim he cherry picks opponents, but it’s certainly clear that he is gaming the system.  He’s become a part-time fighter, who’s active only enough to avoid title-stripping heat from the ABCs.  And since the Ricky Hatton fight in 2007, Floyd has chosen fighters either too green, or on the downslide or ready-made made for his style.  Not to mention doing everything he could to avoid the one fight that he supposedly came out of retirement for – Pacquiao.  None of the above has been good for boxing.  And certainly not when a reigning champion announces a pair of empty calendar days, followed by making a bogus opponent claim.  As Thresher suggested, Floyd may now be having difficulty finding an opponent to work within his business model.  I don’t care who Mayweather fights anymore.  And it’s too bad, as I want to be a Floyd Mayweater fan.  But I can’t get behind any champion who spends most of his fights charting the path of least resistance, and then closes the show with his feet up on the desk.

  5. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat Saijo (aka) Gimpel 07:14am, 02/15/2013

    From the photo above it’s clear for all to see where Pretty Boy got his good looks! Heck yea!...gotta love this upside down world!

  6. the thresher 06:46am, 02/15/2013

    AKT, not at all. I love his skills. I just want to watch them more often—-kind of like Donaire or 4 times a year.

  7. Rasslin 05:53am, 02/15/2013

    Mayweather should stick to boxing and leave the rasslin to the rasslers!

  8. AKT 04:08am, 02/15/2013

    I think people on here are way too biased against Floyd.

    1. He has fought opponents bigger than him - Diego Corrales, Oscar De La Hoya ..

    2. Time Intervals - He is getting older, and this coincides with when he is the most marketable. Fight 1ce or 2ce a year: Make as much money as you can without losing your faculties by getting your head rocked too many times. A lot of fighters would do the same if they were at the pinnacle like he is. He fought more regularly whilst he did the climbing. Now he is at the top, why can’t he dictate? CEO of large companies do exactly this, why should it be different in the boxing world?

    3. I agree that he has the persona and ego of a spoilt little brat, but I also suspect that he is business savvy enough to put on that charade so as to sell tickets. Quite frankly, I don’t give a toss about that. He promised to deliver boxing, not to be St. Francisco. We have a responsibilty towards our children to bring them up and not to look towards supposed ‘role models’ for inspiration when it comes to how to live their lives.

  9. Duran Boy 03:10am, 02/15/2013

    I agree with Thresh, He has hand picked most of his fights and never fights anyone bigger then him.
    He fought a war torn Cotto as well Cotto wanted him out around 3/4 years ago!
    Im not even going to go into the Pacman saga!
    I think hes “legacy” if you can call it that will be forever tarnished because he hasnt consistenly boxed the best of the best…as in froch..ward…Donaire etc etc
    But he is a master of his craft obviously just ducked to many fights!

  10. the thresher 03:04pm, 02/14/2013

    bk don, I mean it by the way he uses time intervals, nto by his opponents.

  11. bk don 01:37pm, 02/14/2013

    Thresh, I think singling him out for cherry picking his opponents is a tad bit harsh. You really can’t say that he’s purposely ducked too many fighters in the weight classes he’s been in. I certainly don’t believe he’s done it anymore than your average star/superstar fighter has/does.One thing i can say he’s done that still perplexes me is that he became a huge ppv star w/o ever becoming a bonafide ticket seller. In regards to training,  I understand that Roger is unable to train him, but i wonder if he ever considered his uncle Jeff. Seems like his personality might be a better fit than Floyd Sr, though I assume the HBO people at 24/7 wouldn’t be as happy w/the quiet, and normal Mayweather, Jeff.

  12. THE THRESHER 08:20am, 02/14/2013

    THIS KID IS AS DUMB AS A FOX. HE GETS AWAY WITH A LOT OF PERCEIVED NONESENSE BECAUSE THE PUBLIC ALLOWS HIM TO GET AWAY WITH A LOT OF SAME. HE CHERRY PICKS, HE IS CONSTANTLY IN THE NEWS. HE GETS MONSTER PURSES. AND HE HAS DEVELOPED AN INTERESTING BUSINESS MODEL. NOW THIS.

    THAT SAID, ROBERT, I WANT TO SEE YOUR FEELINGS ABOUT HIM?

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