“I don’t see it being close. I think it will be an easier fight than Guerrero…Floyd has already won the 154 title twice by beating Oscar and Cotto. Canelo is no different from those guys, just younger. He might punch harder than Floyd, but he is not quicker, not craftier, and does not have as good ring IQ as Floyd. Floyd has probably the best ring IQ in the sport; not just today, but of all time. Canelo can punch hard, but Floyd barely gets hit, and when he does, he has proven he can take it. He [Canelo] is good, but flat-footed. I just don’t see nothing in him that will trouble Floyd,” stated world-class trainer Jeff Mayweather, who gave us an update on how undefeated pound-for-pound king Floyd Mayweather is looking as he continues to train for his highly-anticipated September 14 mega-fight with undefeated jr. middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez. Check it out!
SS: Hi Jeff, how was your weekend?
JM: Good, thank you.
SS: I want to start with Friday night’s action. What did you make of Micky Bey’s performance?
JM: Very good performance all in all, but he just got too brave at the end and got caught.
SS: Is it concerning that in between rounds, Floyd Sr. was telling Micky about keeping his hands up to stop from getting tagged, but he didn’t really take it in?
JM: No, not really. I think he performed well and was winning most of the fight; think he got brave and started to try and make a statement.
SS: Do you think his inactivity and relative inexperience affected his judgment and maybe he could have taken a knee to help survive and see the fight out?
JM: I’ve worked with Mickey before. He is 30 years old and been inactive and had only like 21 fights; as I said, a number of problems with promoters and other things. I don’t think this will affect him too much. He stepped in with a guy who has faced some of the better guys in the division and was winning the fight. With the networks now and the problems he has had with promoters, maybe he wanted to make a statement so he can get fights, and I think working with Floyd, he can get opportunities.
SS: You mentioned the networks. I wanted to get your opinion on this Rigondeaux scenario with HBO showing a lack of interest in him because of his style possibly. Do you think this is a problem in boxing with guys who are not exciting being penalized?
JM: I understand it is a business as well, so it’s not hurting boxing as such, but I think they are just mad because he beat their guy. I mean, they wanted Donaire to be the next Pacquiao and he beat him comprehensively. It was a great performance; he put on a masterful performance and beat their guy. What is he supposed to do? He is quite possibly the second best technical boxer in the world, and going into the fight, he had a good amateur background, but no real experience as a pro in big fights.
SS: Speaking of business, let’s move on to “The One” in September, Floyd vs. Canelo. A few people have raised suspicions that the business and politics could take over this fight, which could lead to a possible draw or a Canelo victory on the cards regardless of how the fight goes. What are your thoughts?
JM: I always look at it from a business point of view as well, but I think it would be dumb to rob the biggest and best fighter in the world. It would be bad business.
SS: I meant it like from the angle of if the fight is in any way close, people are suggesting that a draw or a Canelo win would generate huge income and interest in a rematch as opposed to if Floyd blows him away, like he did with Guerrero, and nobody would want to see a rematch…
JM: (Cutting in) Sorry to cut you off, but Canelo is 22 years old, so a loss to Floyd would not be too bad as it is expected. He still has a long way to go in his career and is Golden Boy’s big name. Floyd only fights Golden Boy fighters, so it would be dumb of the network and Golden Boy if there is a stick up on the best fighter in the world, as Floyd does the best numbers and brings in the money. And they realize that. What people have to realize is that Floyd left for Showtime, as did Golden Boy, because they know that is where the money is going to be. I mean, HBO gave Oscar his own network for Hispanic fighters and he was soon happy to go with Floyd over to Showtime. For there to be a robbery, the fight would have to be close, as it would do Canelo no good as people would turn on him.
SS: Do you see the fight being close? I remember you speaking to me before mentioning that Floyd really is a 147-pound fighter, so do you have any concerns?
JM: I don’t see it being close. I think it will be an easier fight than Guerrero.
SS: Really? Well, many thought Guerrero would be tough; then they say he is a nothing fighter when Floyd beat him. He is a four-weight world champion (laughing).
JM: (Laughing) Yeah, well what people have to realize is Floyd will beat good fighters and make them look ordinary.
SS: So no real concerns about Floyd fighting up at 154 again or any trouble from Canelo?
JM: Floyd has already won the 154 title twice by beating Oscar and Cotto. Canelo is no different from those guys, just younger. He might punch harder than Floyd, but he is not quicker, not craftier, and does not have as good ring IQ as Floyd. Floyd has probably the best ring IQ in the sport; not just today, but of all time. Canelo can punch hard, but Floyd barely gets hit, and when he does, he has proven he can take it. He [Canelo] is good, but flat-footed. I just don’t see nothing in him that will trouble Floyd.
SS: It will be interesting to see. Floyd has been back in camp now for a week. How has he looked?
JM: He has looked sharp; very good.
SS: So no issues with the hand then?
JM: Not that I know of.
SS: This is the first time in a while we are seeing Floyd fight 2 times in a year. Is the camp the same; any changes?
JM: Roger and Floyd are there, yeah. I am not really in the camp, just here supporting, but he looks very sharp. He sparred on his first day back in camp.
SS: Floyd spoke recently about maybe taking it past his 49th fight, which would conclude the original Showtime deal. Do you think this could happen?
JM: Possibly, I’m not sure. I mean, after Canelo, there is really nothing left for him. I think he beats the rest quite easy, so he could go on.
SS: Floyd has spoken about the UK a lot in his career. I know it is a slim hope, but could we see him in the UK, or is it MGM all the way to the end?
JM: Possibly. He has spoken about it before I know, but not too sure.
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