They say life experience comes with age and at 37 years-old and after 18 years as a professional boxer pound for pound boxing king Floyd Mayweather Jr finally seems as though he is at a point in his life where he feels content.
Inside the ropes the self styled ‘Money’ man has proved faultless in amassing a highly impressive unbeaten record of 45-0 including 26 by the short route. Out of it, though, Mayweather Jr has experienced his fair share unwanted headline news including a spell in a Nevada Correctional facility after pleading guilty to a domestic violence charge and no contest to two harassment charges.
That was then and this is now and on May 3 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Mayweather Jr faces WBA welterweight champion Marcos Maidana. Speaking about his upcoming title battle with the Argentine born champion and reflecting on his life and career Mayweather said:"In 18 years I haven’t brought my best out yet. Being around the sport for so long, I have a lot of experience. I’ve boxed my whole life. I’ve never worked a job.
"As I get older I want to settle down and be with my family. I’ve had enough fun.
"It feels good to be in camp. Everyone on the team is ready to go out and do what we do best.
"This is a give and take type of sport. Al Haymon has done a good job. Leonard Ellerbe has done a good job. Now it’s time for me to go out and do what I do.
"Maidana deserves the opportunity. He’s a champion with an 80 percent knockout ratio. He deserves this fight.
"Everything isn’t about speed. Everything in boxing and life is about timing. I’m a fighter that likes to take my time and be smart. Some fighters like to be reckless. You see what happens when fighters are reckless.
"Boxing is like chess. Every move has to be thought about before you make it. I like to study my opponents first.
"I’m not going to do a lot of moving when I get in the ring. I’m coming straight ahead.
"Everyone is supposed to say they want to fight me. Right now Maidana is the guy that I can’t overlook.
"I love all my fans that support me from Argentina. It’s the sport of boxing, so the best have to fight the best."
April 23, 2014