Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Floyd Mayweather out for sympathy, then claims 'I want to fight the best'
Its that time again folks, the all to familiar itch comes over Floyd Mayweather and he can't stop himself from flapping his jaw and saying whatever comes to mind without thinking about it first.
This time around he discussed the fact that people will criticise him no matter what he does in his fight against Shane Mosley. Painting himself as a tragic figure who gets a hard time if he wins and an even harder time if he doesn't.
Earth to Floyd, come in Floyd.
Shane Mosley is the number three ranked fighter in the welterweight division. Despite what ever the critics might say there isn't a more difficult match up out there other than Manny Pacquiao. The only fighters who anyone could even argue might have been more difficult would be Paul Williams, Antonio Margarito and Miguel Cotto. Of course Cotto has moved up, Williams has other plans and Margarito was denied his license to fight for the time being.
That isn't to say that Mayweather has necessarily always looked for the hardest fights in the past, it isn't as if Margarito, Williams, Cotto and others weren't available in the past. Similarly a fight between Floyd and current pound for pound king Manny Pacquiao now looks to be off the table permanently given Mayweather's comments on the purse split recently.
Speaking to Ron Borges today Floyd revealed:
“I could have easily gone on a world tour fighting stiffs and made $200 million but I want to fight the best. You got two guys who are fast,’’ Mayweather said. ‘That’s where timing comes in. Timing and inches. I know what I can do. I know a lot more is coming after this.’’
Floyd also took the time this week to offend large sections of society with this little gem in the Grand Rapids press:
“It’s sort of the same stance Martin Luther King and Malcolm X made, so we could have freedoms, so everybody could tell the world that we’re equal. The only thing I’m saying is that we are equal. So if you’re not on nothing and I’m not on nothing, then let’s go take the test. That’s all I’m saying."
David Ward, Pittsburgh PA: "Does he really expect to get a lot of sympathy from the fans when most hold him responsible for the canceling of his fight with Pacquiao?"
That's a good question David, but apparently he does. Floyd doesnt seem to realize the impact what he says and does sometimes, which seems to be a common theme in the family. Just look at Roger Mayweather, already facing charges for attacking a woman, not to mention the lawsuit from Pacquiao. Knowing this he then goes on his rant about A-side magical meth that makes Filipino soldiers bullet proof. I bet Manny's lawyer was uncorking his second bottle of champagne as Roger's was recovering from the hyperventilation his client no doubt gives him.
George Hasegawa, Pittsburgh PA:"Don't both sides of this argument over who is the best see that the only way it will end is for Manny and Mayweather to fight? Both of them can claim whatever they want, but until they fight each other, its impossible to say for sure which is the better fighter and which deserves the praise and respect they both want. Floyd makes himself unpopular with the kind of comments he makes every day, and every fan he loses with his spoiled child attitide is another Pacquiao gains."
You have a very good point there George, before this whole mess between Pacquiao and Mayweather Floyd was merely disliked because of his cocky attitude. Now he's made himself the most hated man in boxing, which is in incredible when he's either the best or second best fighter in the world. I can't think of any other time in boxing when someone at the pinnacle of the sport was so unpopular.
Darnell Jones, Philly, PA: "I used to be a fan of Mayweather, but he's got the (expletive removed) to nerve to compare getting some blood work done to the struggles of Martin Luther King and Malcolm X? I thought it was bad when he compared himself to American soldiers but this is just offensive in every way. The worst part is, he isn't even joking, that deluded (motherlover) actually believes this stuff. He's a multi millionaire who makes more in one fight than most people do in a lifetime and he thinks he has it tough?"
I must admit I couldn't really see much common ground between extra drug testing for boxing and the social rights movement, but I don't think Floyd tends to realize what he says is offensive to people.
Author: Scott Heritage