Floyd Mayweather Jr is a happy man right now. In fact he is so happy at the moment that he describes the working relationship with cable network Showtime as a ‘new marriage’. The undefeated multi weight world champion and pound for pound king defends his WBC welterweight crown against Robert Guerrero at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on May 4 and he could be happier.
“Showtime has let me do a lot of creative things,” said Mayweather Jr, speaking at a recent media workout. “30 Days In May,’ ’All Access’ and we have another documentary coming out on CBS. I have a new relationship and a new marriage and I’m happy now.
"Freedom is very, very important. You can be locked up and be rich, but it’s just like being poor if you don’t have freedom. So, freedom is very, very important. That’s how I feel.
Speaking about his upcoming title defence against Guerrero, Mayweather said: " This guy is very, very confident and he believes in himself. We know he has only one loss, but they say a true champion can bounce back.
"It’s obvious he did something right to get to this point. It’s obvious he did something right in the Andre Berto fight. He dedicated himself to his craft, which is boxing. He stayed focused and he listened to his corner.
Mayweather Jr added: "I want a fighter to come in confident. We don’t want the odds to be crazy, but the odds will always be crazy because I’ve proven myself over the years. But we want a fighter like Robert Guerrero who’s confident and believes in his skills. Only thing that we [The Money Team] can do is push me to the limit and take me to that next level. That’s what it’s about.
The pound for pound champ also knows he needs to be smart against someone as determined as Guerrero.
"The game plan is to go out there, be smart and get the victory the best way I know how, continue to give the fans what they want to see, work hard and set record-breaking numbers,” said Mayweather Jr.
"I’m a winner. I like to perform. I like to entertain and that’s what it’s about. It’s about going out and giving the fans what they want - excitement.
"I’ve faced every style so it’s not hard for me to make an adjustment. I just have to go out there and see my dad’s game plan is going to be.
"Like I always say for every fight, everybody had a game plan. All 43 of my opponents had a game plan and all 43 opponents came up short. So, I could care less what my opponent has to say. There isn’t a blueprint on how to beat me. No one has found a way to break the Mayweather code.
"Being a legend, wanting your name mentioned in the mix of other fighters’ names, that’s why I work so hard right now. I’ve been fighting since 1987. I’ve been a professional for 17 years. I’ve been dedicated to my craft.
The world’s No.1 boxer has only fought once since September 2011 but he does not expect the lay off to be a problem.
"I don’t think the layoff will affect me,” insisted Mayweather Jr. My dad is back in my corner. My dad is my lead trainer, but I’m also working with my uncle Roger. The Mayweather family, as of right now, has good chemistry.
"Camp has gone tremendously. My weight has already been made, and I’m ready to fight. I feel good and, like I said, I couldn’t do it without the support from the fans. When I was locked away, the fans wrote me letters and sent cards and I really appreciated that.
"This is world championship boxing and it’s always blood, sweat and tears. It’s not a sport if there isn’t blood, sweat and tears. I’m happy that my dad is back in my camp and we’re going strong. It’s good working with him. If we have a problem and we’re not seeing eye-to-eye, we pull each other to the side, talk about it and we get on the same page."
April 23, 2013