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“Quotes & Notes from Floyd Mayweather, Jr. Conference Call”

By: Marc Livitz: Floyd “Money” Mayweather took part in an hour-long
international media conference call today to discuss his upcoming WBC Welterweight Championship fight against Victor Ortiz taking place on September 17 in Las Vegas. CEO of Golden Boy Promotions, Richard Schaefer began the teleconference with the following comments, which expressed his excitement about the upcoming bout and all the attention it has received.

Schaefer: “I see we have over one hundred people calling in today, so this fight has become hot just like the California weather. This is the biggest Pay-Per-View event of the year. This is the return of the superstar, Floyd Mayweather, who averages 1.5 million homes per fight on PPV. This fight will also be available in the UK as well as a French feed into Canadian homes. It will be viewed in over a hundred countries worldwide. We have multiple sponsors in addition to a record-setting number of movie screens that will be televising the fight live across the United States. It’s the most heavily promoted fight ever from Golden Boy.”

Leonard Ellerbe, CEO of Mayweather Promotions further stressed his own good feelings about the fight and the training camp he has overseen.

Ellerbe: “This has been a great training camp. The best ever. Floyd’s been working very hard and he’s found a way to give back during this time. He chatted with some troops stationed in Afghanistan and let them know how
much he appreciated their efforts. Yesterday was big. We opened up for media day and a training session which was watched by over 88 thousand on Ustream.”

Mayweather then took to the phone and thanked everyone in his inner circle as well as heap praise upon Richard Schaefer. “I prefer to call this Richard Schaefer Promotions”, he said.

Floyd was then asked what he saw as he sat ringside at Victor Ortiz’ previous fight (versus Andre Berto at the Foxwoods Casino in Connecticut) and if he was looking to fight the winner at that time. Mayweather answered, “ I was actually going to 50 Cent’s house and he told me he lived close to the casino. I sat down at ringside and enjoyed it. It was interesting and both fighters were impressive. As I watched Victor, I thought this guy can get it on and he would be an exciting fight. I had previously met him at the Marquez fight and I told him to be patient and you’ll get your chance. At the Berto fight, I wasn’t scouting any opponent. I was just a spectator.”

He was then asked if was looking for a knockout, to which he replied, “I’m not looking for knockouts, it’s just that some fighters go into survival mode. Mosley & Marquez did it. Hatton was different. He came to fight.”

Mayweather stated that he was already at his desired fighting weight. “I keep my weight between 147-150. I don’t overindulge with eating. If there’s something I like to eat, then I’ll eat it, but I’m not going to pig out. I also love to play basketball a lot. I do this because it takes at least six months to build up a fight of this magnitude and it has to be the right opponent.”

Floyd still knows that he has his doubters (or haters, as he coins them), but insists that he will forge on and has already seen his influence on current fighters. He stated, ““What better fighter to pattern than Floyd Mayweather? The main thing about life is winning. Everyone should be looking to be the best. All these new guys and I know I must have been doing something right, as there are none left from the 1996, 2000, 2004 & 2008 Olympic teams. Where are they? I’ve been dominating since Victor was 9 years old & I’m still here.”

When asked how felt about the prospect of retiring undefeated, Mayweather answered, “It can happen on any given Saturday, but I want to be beaten the fair & honest way.”

The next question put to Floyd concerned his favorite knockout victories. He stated they were as follows: Genaro Hernandez, Diego Corrales & Ricky
Hatton. He elaborated upon this as he said, “Hernandez was where it started. I beat Hatton & Corrales when they were undefeated and at the top of their game. The Hatton fans booed the national anthem when we fought and that made me fight harder. Hernandez gave me my first title shot.”

Mayweather expressed his sorrow over the recent passing of Hernandez. “I was sitting on the couch in my hotel room and I was going through the numbers on my phone. I still had Genaro’s number on my phone and the tears came to my eyes. Everyone who I faced has a family & children. Hernandez gave me my first chance at 130. Diego Corrales, we were undefeated when we fought. Against Ricky Hatton, I moved up in weight and he’d beaten all they put in front of him. I fought for the red, white and blue.”

Floyd was asked if he had any concerns about his age or if his training was any more difficult than usual, to which he replied, “Those in my camp, they say I look young & sharp. When I get to the gym, I don’t shadowbox. I get in the ring & start sparring, but I may go running at 3 or 4 in the morning. The reason why I can do this is that I haven’t been in many toe-to-toe wars. I haven’t taken the abuse.”

The inevitable questions concerning Manny Pacquiao in some shape or form eventually surfaced about midway through the conference call. One of the many theories floating around is that Mayweather chose to fight Ortiz (a southpaw) as a practice run for Pacquiao. Floyd rebuked this idea and said, “I prefer to hold court in the squared circle. Freddie Roach doesn’t want me to say anything about them, so if you’re at a Marquez press conference, why is my name coming up? As long as he fights my leftovers, the media pays attention to it. Shane Mosley looked the best when he beat Margarito. His next fight was against me. The fighters are never the same after they face me. He gets a draw after that, but I beat him first. Margarito cheats and beats Cotto. I beat Hatton when he was undefeated, but they’re never the same. I took the Marquez fight and they said Mayweather is too big for Marquez, but not Pacquiao, even though they’re the same size”.

Mayweather stuck to his idea that Pacquiao’s ascension in weight was far from ordinary. “He can go from 105 to 154 & they say it’s all natural. If I went from 147 & started knocking out heavyweights, you wouldn’t think it’s all natural. The sport is different now. My health is more important than money.”

He spoke briefly of his legal battles. “ Life is a roller coaster ride, with its up’s & down’s, but as long as I have a guy like Al Haymon in my corner and a strong team, I feel that no one can stop me. Things happen for a reason. The Josie situation: she said she got punched, stomped and beaten she knew that the highest child support figures were in California and so that’s where she moved to. She said, “the system will make you give me what I want.”

Mayweather was praised for his defensive genius and his ability to throw off a fighter’s game plan. Floyd commented, “In the Mosley fight, during the first round when we locked up, I knew he was a beat fighter. I could move him around. Whatever their strongest point is, I take it away and break a guy down. If we see an opportunity to go for the kill, then we do it. I guarantee this fight won’t go the distance. Against Mosley, even when I got hit with the big shot, yes I held on but I kept coming.”

He closed the conference with following comments. “If I didn’t back up my loud talking, then I wouldn’t be here. If all I did was sit at home without a story to tell, then (HBO’s) 24/7 it would be boring. I’m on 24/7 to entertain. This is Ortiz’ biggest payday, so it’s great for both of us. The under card with Canelo (Saul Alvarez), (Erik) Morales & (Jessie) Vargas is also great.”

Mayweather insisted that a future fight with Amir Khan of the UK would be on hold until after Khan fights undefeated light welterweight prospect Jessie Vargas.

Floyd lets us know that he’s here to stay and that he’s confident in his ring abilities, as he stated, “I make hall of famer’s look like ordinary fighters. Just because I’m not getting off the canvas eight times like Rocky with a busted eye doesn’t mean I’m not great. Winning, keeping your faculties and taking care of your family is what matters.”

September 7, 2011

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