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Mayweather calls Guerrero 'a good grappler'
Floyd Mayweather Jr. spoke on topics ranging from his skills, age, jail time, Robert Guerrero's gun charge and the challenger's cancer-surviving wife during a nearly 40-minute interview with reporters on Tuesday.
LAS VEGAS -- Camped on a couch in the VIP room near the casino lobby of the MGM Grand, THE RING's No. 1-rated pound-for-pound king and WBC welterweight titleholder Floyd Mayweather Jr. held court for nearly 40 minutes, answering questions from a small gathering of reporters on Tuesday in advance of Saturday night's Showtime Pay Per View-televised defense against Robert Guerrero.
Having entered the venue prior to Guerrero (31-1-1, 18 knockouts), who followed with a 10-minute session of his own, the 36-year-old Mayweather (43-0, 26 knockouts) discussed topics ranging from his age and jail time, to last month's gun possession charge against Guerrero at a New York's JFK airport, and his assertion that Guerrero is a hypocrite who has overplayed the story surrounding the his cancer-surviving wife, Casey, as a means of eliciting sympathy from fans.
Having been out of the ring for nearly a year since vanquishing Miguel Cotto as WBA junior middleweight beltholder on May 5 of last year, Mayweather has returned to 147-pounds, a division in which Guerrero debuted with his two most recent victories over Selcuk Aydin and former two-time beltholder Andre Berto on the way to unanimous decisions in July and November, respectively.
Not only did Mayweather say Guerrero "out-wrestled" Aydin and Berto, but he also took shots at Guerrero's route-going triumphs as a lightweight over aging ex-beltholder Joel Casamayor and Michael Katsidis, the latter of whom was knocked out by Juan Manuel Marquez, whom Mayweather easily floored and decisioned in a one-sided bout.
Sitting alongside Leonard Ellerbe, CEO of his Mayweather Promotions, the fighter also discussed the fact that last month, Floyd Mayweather Sr. joined Mayweather Jr. and his long-time uncle and trainer, Roger Mayweather, signaling a reunion that ended a long-term feud the father had with the son and uncle.
Below are exerpts of Mayweather's comments:
Floyd Mayweather on Guerrero's story, particularly involving the struggles of his wife, Casey Guerrero:
"But I'm glad that his wife was able to beat the Leukemia. I don't feel that nobody should go through a situation like that. But we all go through certain things. Our mothers go through certain things. Our fathers. Our loved ones go through certain things.
"I just feel like just to gain fans using your wife's story, using a sympathy story...I don't think that's a good thing that happened to her. I'm glad that she was able to beat Leukemia, which is a great thing. And I'm glad that them two have a great bond, but I don't like that every week, it's like, basically, they keep selling the same story. It's time to talk about something different."
"So, that just happened to be a part of my life. It was something that I was faced with before in my life. The only thing that I can do is to take the good with the good and the bad with the bad...When I was incarcerated, my body got big because I was just sitting in a room everyday reading magazines.
"Of course, my lawyer would come and speak to me every day. That's how I was able to get through it, because he would come and talk to me about positive things. So what I would do, of course, when I was incarcerated, I was locked up 23 ours a day."
"Then, he's going on the 700 Club and going to talk to kids. Then, he's carrying a gun. If God's got your back, then why are you carrying a gun? I was talking with a friend of mine about that the other day.
"I would say the same thing to Guerrero. If God's got your back, then why are you even carrying a gun? When he says God has got his back, and then, you look, and he's got Marilyn Monroe pictures all over his wall in his house. So these are things that I just don't understand."
On an assessment of his skills and opponents versus those of Guerrero's:
"I think he's [Guerrero] a good as far as being a physical fighter, but I don't think that he has the movement of a Floyd Mayweather. He don't use the angles that I use, and I don't think that his resume is like mine. You ask yourself, 'Is Andre Berto a better fighter than Miguel Cotto?'
"Do you think that Andre Berto can go the distance with Miguel Cotto?' Absolutely not. These are just true words. I'm not saying that he's not a good fighter, but he won't be able to go the distance with a Miguel Cotto, not the Miguel Cotto that was in top shape and that faced me.
On generally discussing Guerrero:
"He's my mandatory and I guess that he's done some things so far...I think that Andre Berto was going through a lot going into their fight after being off for a year. Some fighters can take a long time off like George Foreman, myself and other fighters.
"So you have to ask yourself those certain questions. Or the fact of him having a dogfight with [Michael] Katsidis, and then you've got guys like [Juan Manuel] Marquez knocking Katsidis out. So I just look at that. That's how I weigh certain situations and look at certain situations."
"I probably trained too hard for the Cotto fight, whereas this fight, I make sure that I've got more rest. For the Cotto fight, I don't think that I got too much rest, it was just a lot of training. My dad is saying, 'You know what? You need the rest, and when you rest, and you come back to the boxing gym, you're going to look better,' and he was right.
"It don't really matter what's the age. I think that any athlete that is competing at the highest level, the body has to rest. So, you know, I don't really think that it's an age thing."
"Because I look at things from the point of view of long term. When my career is over, I want to be able to take J'Leon Love to the next level, and I want to take my team to the next level so that the sport of boxing can live on. I've done this my whole live and this is what I love to do.
"My team is still coming up with creative ideas. I'm not just doing everything myself. My team is coming up with creative ideas, or they will ask me, 'Floyd, what do you think about this.' Because I look at everything like a consumer does, so I'll be like, 'Yay or nay.'
"...I see things from a fighter's point of view. Don King can't see things from a fighter's point of view. Bob Arum can't see it from a fighter's point of view because they're not fighters, they're just promoters. Whereas I believe in the fighter winning in the long run."
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