Lem Satterfield

Mayweather Jr. demonstrates a softer side (but not too soft)

LAS VEGAS — While surrounded by media members in a VIP room of the MGM Grand, where he will challenge WBC welterweight titleholder Victor Ortiz this Saturday night, unbeaten six-time, five-division beltwinner Floyd Mayweather Jr. discussed his career, his goals, his money, his children and his future, among many other things.

Although the 34-year-old Mayweather (41-0, 25 KOs) spoke about his plans for thoroughly defeating the 24-year-old Ortiz (29-2-2, 22 KOs) in their HBO Pay Per View televised clash, he talked just as much, if not more, about the chemistry and the love he has for his 50-year-old uncle and trainer, Roger Mayweather, who is ailing from diabetes.

Mayweather also delivered a parting shot to Ortiz and his trainer, Danny Garcia, who has not spoken to his younger brother, Robert Garcia, for years, stemming from a feud that began with Ortiz when the fighter was a teenager.

Robert Garcia trains WBC lightweight titleholder Brandon Rios, who, likewise, is a sworn enemy of Ortiz and Danny Garcia.

Below are some of Mayweather's comments, many of which demonstrate a softer side than many are accustomed to seeing.

On Roger Mayweather's physical condition for the grueling training camp:

"I've been pushing him. I've been really pushing him. He's had to take a couple of water breaks this time, because I've been pushing him hard in this camp.

On his trust for Roger Mayweather as a trainer:

"The trust?  love him. I love him. When I was a young child, and I saw this swagger, just like I used to see him wearing his cowboy boots with his jeans fitting.

Pinky ring and his nice cloths, I was like, 'Man, you're fly.' But I was a kid. So, you look up to him. He was a champion, and people always welcomed him with open arms."

On the chemistry when they're together:

"With me and Roger, it's just last night, we were riding, and he was like, 'Nephew, what kind of car is this?'  I said, 'A Rolls Royce.' He said, 'How many different Rolls Royce's you got? 'I said, 'I've got a few.' But you know, it's just that I love him."

On looking out for Roger Mayweather's health:

"Before we got to hitting the pads, I know that we were flying back on the jet, so I told my chef, I said, 'Make sure that you bring the food up to the gym so that my uncle can get a meal.

And I said, 'make sure that he gets water with his meal, because he has sugar [issues,] and he likes to eat sweets at night. Sometimes, he doesn't eat correctly and he likes to drink a lot of soda. But he tells me that I can drink soda."

On how their relegate their boxing talk and work to the gym:

"We talk, but a trainer can tell a fighter don't do something, but once a trainer is somewhere else in his home, the fighter's going to do what he wants to do regardless.

But I love my uncle Roger. I love him. He's one of my best friends.  When I go to the gym, I might say, 'I'm not going to give it 100 percent because I'm not really comfortable, so I don't feel like I'm 100 percent.

So he'll say, 'Go home.' I don't want to be forced to do something that I don't want to do. This camp was good."

On what he will do for Roger Mayweather after the Ortiz fight:

"We'll get a nice ballroom and put the big screen up and chop up the tapes and show all of the behind-the-scene stuff and just show everything that me and my uncle have been through. My family has been through.

Everybody's going to give Roger a gift. A lifetime gift, because to us, he's an all-time great. Hall of Fame fighter, Hall of Fame trainer to us. Everybody around the camp loves him.

"I'm going to get him together. I'm going to take him to the dentist and get his teeth fixed. He's not as sharp as he used to be, but my better half, Ms. Jackson?

"She told me the other day that 'Your uncle may not know about a lot of stuff, but he will never forget that boxing."

Floyd Mayweather Jr. on fighting until the age of 40:

"Can I fight fight until I'm 40? Absolutely. I can. Will I? I don't think so. But I've got some fights left."

On the most he's ever weighed between fights:

"Probably about 152. Probably 152 with close on. Probably 150."

Taking a shot at Golden Boy Promotions' President Oscar De La Hoya:

"You can't shoot shots at somebody and don't expect to get shots fired back…Me and Oscar De La Hoya may not see eye-to-eye.

But me and [Golden Boy Promotions CEO] Richard Schaefer do good business. Great business I should say."

On Mike Tyson's losing $300,00 million and whether that can happen to him:

"He did it his way. The thing is this with Mike Tyson, he done it his way. He lived life to the fullest. He lived life the way he wanted to live it. My job ain't to judge how much money you make, or how much money you make.

It's a thing that's within the world that we always talk about.  I never count the next man's money or worry about what he does with his money or how he lives. Each man lives how he wants to live.

"Some people want to live a relaxed live. Me, myself, I'm just animated. I'm animated, I'm happy, and I'm full of energy. You only have one time in your life.

So me, I only have one time, I'm going to have fun…I want to still be energized and still happy. That's how I want to live my life.Money don't make me. I make money, but it don't make me. Money don't define who I am as a person."

On when he started boxing at the age of 2:

"I didn't live a block away from the gym. I thought that boxing was the best thing in the world. Every day, if my dad went to the gym and didn't take me?

Oh, I was crying and crying, like, 'Please, somebody take me to the gym. Please.' Just to go to the gym to hit the speed bag and to hit the heavy bag. Watch the guys spar."

On the rift between the camps of Victor Ortiz and Brandon Rios, who are trained, respectively, by Danny and Robert Garcia:

"Brandon Rios? I want to make sure that — what's Victor's trainer's name? Danny Garcia? I want to make sure that the other side gets tickets to the fights, so let them know.

I want them guys to come. I want to bring the Rios crew. Why not? I just want them to come. It's entertainment, baby."

 

Lem Satterfield can be reached at lem.satterfield@gmail.com

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