Middleweight beltholder Peter Quillin could soon defend his WBO title against promotional stablemate Danny Jacobs.
Mayweather speaks out on race, Pacquiao, Obama, Ali, Floyd Sr.
Floyd Mayweather Jr. on his affinity with Muhamad Ali: "I feel like I'm in the same shoes as Ali. They hate me. They hate me when I'm at the top, but once my career is over, they're going to really miss me."
Floyd Mayweather Jr. called money "nothing but comfort," said he would have President Barack Obama carry his title belt into the ring if he ever faced Manny Pacquiao, likened himself to Muhammad Ali in terms of the racial resentment and derision he arrouses from his detractors, and addressed his early life in a dysfunctional household that was affected by drug abuse and neglect.
The 35-year-old WBC welterweight beltholder's assertions were made during "Floyd Mayweather: Speaking Out," which aired on HBO on Saturday in advance of his HBO Pay Per Per View-televised match with Miguel Cotto (37-2, 30 knockouts) on May 5 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
In pursuit of his eighth title belt over five weight divisions against Cotto, a 154-pound beltholder, Mayweather (42-0, 26 KOs) was introduced as "one of the most provocative athletes of our time" by acclaimed author, academic and interviewing host, Michael Eric Dyson, a professor of sociology at Georgetown who has conducted similar conversations with Obama, among others.
Dyson broached a number of topics with Mayweather, ranging from a potential bout with Pacquiao, the fighter's expressed affinity with Ali, Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X, his controversial comments about Asian New York Nicks' guard Jeremy Lin and his adversarial relationship with HBO commentator, Larry Merchant.
On a more personal note, Mayweather spoke on his impending jail time as well as his relationships with both a mother who was once addicted to crack and heroin, and his father and former trainer, Floyd Mayweather Sr., who was once imprisoned for his actions as a drug dealer.
According to Dyson, Floyd Mayweather Sr. once held up a 1-year-old Floyd Mayweather Jr. as a "decoy" to shield himself during an argument with a family member who wound up shooting the father.
The 30-minute show will air during multiple times that are listed below, with other HBO playdates being April 23 (8:15 a.m., 7:00 p.m.); April 25 (8:30 p.m., 2:15 a.m.); April 28 (10:30 a.m., 1:00 a.m.); April 29 (8:30 a.m.); and April 30 (11:30 p.m.). The show will also be shown on May 1 (12:30 a.m.), and May 3 (2:00 p.m., 12:45 a.m.)
Below are some of the subjects addressed by Mayweather during the interview.
"Like I've said before, people worry about being judged. Who is and who ain't going to like you. The thing is it's just as long as you like yourself."
"Eventually, I moved back to Grand Rapids Michigan to live with my father. I asked my mother can she move back also. She eventually moved back to Grand Rapids, Michigan. I was happy when she moved back, but she was back on drugs.
"I saw my dad sell my mother drugs. Those were things that I went through in life. But I'm a strong individual. I can get through anything. I think that's what makes me a stronger person now."
"Me and my dad have never been bowling or me and my dad have never been to dinner. We've never sat down and talked as father and son. Me and my dad's relationship has always just been boxing. Nothing else. Just boxing. If it wasn't about boxing, then it wasn't about nothing.I try to be outside of the box and break the cycle.
"I go to both of my son's football games. They play basketball. I don't try to force nothing on my children. Boxing was forced on me. My dad did start me off. But it's no hard feelings. It's no hard feelings at all. Just because we don't see eye-to-eye. He's stuck in his ways.
"He don't want me to love my mother because he feels that I owe everything that I've made and everything that I've done in the sport of boxing, he feels that I owe all of the praises to him. I just have to enlighten him and let him know that he's not God."
On whether or not there is a racially-based resentment against him:
"But it's okay. It's okay for Puerto Ricans to support Puerto Ricans. It's okay for Cubans to support Cubans. It's okay for every country to come over here to America and take their flag and wave it high and to support their own. So it's a crime for me to support my people first? Black Americans first?"
"If you got money, you can go and say, 'you know what? I want this car for Monday, I want this car for Tuesday.' You want to go and buy that car because it's for comfort. To move and to do what you want to do."
"Absolutely not, because I knew what I wanted. I left school to put my mother in a better position and to take care of my family. Was it worth it? Absolutely, because I knew that school was going to always be there.
"But this opportunity that I had only comes once in a lifetime. And I'm surrounded with smart people, and that's why I'm where I'm at in my career.
"People said that I'm an a--hole because I don't want no new friends. You know, I say within my circle and only within my circle. I'm being honest. You know, like, we're a family."
"People want to know how much power Floyd Mayweather's got? I can guarantee you this. I show you how much power I've got. If I could fight Manny Pacquiao, I would let Obama walk me to the ring carrying my belt. Can I make it happen? Absolutely."
"Trash talking. Actually, I've never met him. I called him to make the fight...You can tell somebody is in his ear. Because he already knows. Like I said before, my offer is what it is. And my offer, it won't change.
"I'm not budging. $40 million is what you are getting. Either you take it or you leave it. Like I've said before, Manny Pacquiao needs Floyd Mayweather. Floyd Mayweather don't need Manny Pacquiao."
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