Seventeen days before his Pay Per View blockbuster against Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez at the MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas, Nevada, pound for pound boxing king Floyd Mayweather Jr hosted the biggest Media Day of his career Wednesday at The Mayweather Boxing Club.
Hordes of media from around the world crammed into the upscale gym in Las Vegas to watch the Eight-Time and Five-Division World Champion (44-0, 26 KO’s) as he continued to prepare for his long-awaited showdown Alvarez (42-0-1, 30 KO’s) during Mexican Independence Day Weekend.
During his Media Day, which lasted nearly three hours, a confident, relaxed and chiseled Mayweather did countless interviews, posed for photos and worked out. His workout consisted of hitting the mitts, hitting the heavyweight bag, hitting the speed bag, jumping rope, stretching and doing calisthenics.
Below is what the pound for pound king had to say on Wednesday
"This was just a light workout today; it was cool. I appreciate all the media coming out and the fans for supporting me throughout my career. It’s been truly a blessing.
"I think I’ll be a lot sharper for this fight. My training camp has been great. Actually, this is one of my best training camps I’ve had, probably since 2005. On my first day back, I got right back into sparring. I think I sparred seven rounds. So as of now, my training camp’s been smooth. My dad is happy, Leonard (Ellerbe) is happy, Al (Haymon) is happy and I’m happy. I’ve been boxing a lot of rounds so I’m sharp. I’m in great condition and happy to get right back in there. I feel tremendous.
"My weight is made. I came into training camp weighing 150 or 149 and I came into the gym today probably weighing 150 or 149.
"Canelo is a solid competitor but it is what it is: I’ve faced the best in this sport, I know what it takes to be involved in a fight of this magnitude and I’m dedicated to my craft. I was born for this.
"This is a great matchup. He’s a puncher. I’m a sharp boxer. You know, a lot of times I hit these guys and I make them go into survival mode. Even in the Robert Guerrero fight I was looking for the knockout, but I hurt my hand. So I wasn’t impressed with myself -- because I didn’t get the knockout. This time around, I’ll be looking for the knockout.
"He’s banking on his youth, I’m banking I on my experience. I have a lot of experience in championship fights. Look at his resume, look at my resume and see what you come up with.
"I can’t talk about the past, but I can talk about the present time and I can talk about the future. The present time is, I’m undefeated, and the future is, I’m going to continue to work hard and give the fans what they want to see.
"On Sept. 14, I just want everybody around the world to tune in and enjoy a great night of boxing.’’
"He’s no pushover; I can’t overlook him. I just have to go out and execute the game plan and do what I do best. Nothing worries me. I can make adjustments.
"He is one of the best in boxing at this particular time. He’s young and strong. He’s got guts so we’ll see how the fight plays out.
"It’s not about the weight, it’s about the skills. The skills pay the bills. I can’t wait to get in there and compete and test my skills against this young guy. I feel good, I’m still hungry.’’
(On Canelo’s opposition)
"Did Canelo KO Austin Trout? This is a whole different ballgame. He may be predicting a knockout but all you have to do is look at the opponents he’s faced. I really don’t know too many, but a lot of the guys went the distance with him. And we’re not just talking about A-fighters but D- and C-fighters. Guys that he should have knocked out in the fourth round, they were able to go into the eighth and ninth rounds even though they were caught with numerous shots.’
"I don’t think Ricky Hatton’s brother is on the level of a Floyd Mayweather.’’