LAS VEGAS — During Thursday’s 15-minute-long round table interview with reporters promoting his nephew’s upcoming clash with WBC welterweight titleholder Victor Ortiz on Sept. 17 in Las Vegas, Roger Mayweather, the uncle and trainer of unbeaten six-time, five-division titleholder Floyd Mayweather Jr., addressed a number of topics, the most riveting of which was eight-division champion Manny Pacquiao.
Between questions about Ortiz (29-2-2, 22 KOs), Roger Mayweather, nevertheless, found several opportunities to rip Pacquiao (53-3-2, 38 KOs) for failing “to take the test,” something he insists led to the twice failed negotiations for a bout against Mayweather Jr. (41-0, 25 knockouts).
The 49-year-old trainer took shots at Pacquiao’s lawsuit against him and his nephew seeking compensatory and punitive damages for defamation of character, claiming that the Mayweathers have insinuated that the Filipino superstar’s success over eight weight divisions is owed to performance-enhancing drugs.
Pacquiao, who has never tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs, names in the lawsuit Roger Mayweather, Mayweather Jr., and his father, Floyd Mayweather Sr., for having “conducted a campaign in a set of interviews to make people think he used them.”
Roger Mayweather repeatedly fired shots at the reputation of Pacquiao, who has a Nov. 12 defense against RING, WBO and WBA lightweight titleholder Juan Manuel Marquez.
Below are Mayweather’s responses to various topics.
Roger Mayweather’s first veiled reference to Pacquiao off of a segue about the best man winning the fight:
“The best man is going to win, unless he’s got something in him. If he ain’t got nothing in him, he’s going to get his a–whipped.”
On Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s being so good:
“There is always a reason why somebody is good. You can’t question why my nephew is good. Why don’t you question Pacquiao? He’s been knocked out twice at 125 pounds.
“Now he’s beating guys that weigh more than 150 pounds? Alright then. I ain’t got to elaborate about it. I know he’s going to say some bulls–t about me, but that’s okay.”
On the continued questions about why Floyd Mayweather Jr. hasn’t fought Pacquiao:
“When people ask us about Pacquiao, why wouldn’t he want to fight Pacquiao? My nephew ain’t never been knocked out. Pacquiao’s been knocked out twice.
“So why do people talk about , ‘Oh, your nephew don’t want to talk about fighting Pacquiao.’ All he got to do is take that test.
“Manny Pacquiao take that test, he’s going to get his a– whipped just like everybody else that Floyd has beaten before. That’s it.”
On whether Floyd Jr. is afraid of Pacquaio:
“Why do you think it is that they haven’t fought? He should take the test. You’re a fighter ain’t you? If you call yourself a fighter, then in a worldwide sport, especially of this magnitude, what are you supposed to do?
“You’re supposed to take the test. Ain’t you? I thought you were supposed to take the test. Ain’t you? You would take the test, wouldn’t you? [Pointing to reporters.] He would take the test, wouldn’t he?
“Every fighter Floyd fights has to take the test. So what’s the big deal? What’s the big deal if you ain’t got nothing to hide? Then you take it. If you got something to hide, then you won’t take it.”
“But there is always a question with him, like, ‘Why I got to do this,’ or, ‘Why I got to do that.?’
On the notion that Pacquiao has agreed to take the test:
“If he agrees to take the test, then he’s going to get his a– whipped, too.”
On his belief that a fight against Pacquiao would be one of Floyd Jr.’s easiest fights:
“It sure will be. Can you find the last two guys that knocked Pacquiao out? They probably ain’t even boxing no more. Where are they at? Now, all of sudden, he becomes one of boxing’s superstars?
“How in the hell did he do that? He’s been knocked out twice. No, all of a sudden, he can come back into boxing and beat all of the superstars? I ain’t never seen it before.”
On Freddie Roach’s influence on Pacquiao’s career:
“Freddie Roach? Freddie Roach can’t fight anyway. I used to whip his a– all the time. So I know he can’t fight. It ain’t about Freddie Roach fighting anyway. The whole thing is about what Pacquiao got in him.
“What do he really got in him? That’s what I want to know. We’re not worried about beating Pacquiao in a fight. That’s the easy part.
“He take that test, he would have gotten his a– whipped a long time ago. But he didn’t take it, so that’s why he’s still undefeated while he’s taking all that s–t that’s in him.”
On the danger of making his comments while Pacquiao still has a lawsuit in play against him:
“F–k a Pacquiao. What am I going to worry about him for? F–k that s–t. If he take that test, and prove that I’m wrong, he can do what the f–k he want to do.
“But that’s if he takes that test. He ain’t taken it has he? Well, alright then.”
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