Lem Satterfield

Mayweather-Costas interview covers Pacquiao, family, and more


“I’ve been successful with my uncle Roger. My uncle Roger is a brilliant trainer. Has a brilliant game plan. I’ve worked the majority of my career with my uncle Roger, and he’s the man that’s behind Floyd Mayweather’s victories.”

“My father has his ways. He’s stuck in his ways. He’s very, very jealous of my uncle Roger. He has always been jealous of my uncle Roger and his brother, because his brother has been world champion, and now, his son and his brother are working and have an unbreakable bond,” said Mayweather.

“My mother is a woman who has been through a lot. All my dad has ever done was down talk her. But she is such a great lady. She’s a beautiful lady. And, you know, without my uncle Roger and my mother in my corner, I don’t know where my career would be at today and my dad hates it so much.”

Mayweather also credited advisor Al Haymon, saying, “without him in my corner, and the rest of the pieces of the puzzle that we put together, Floyd Mayweather wouldn’t be where he is.”

Also covered was Mayweather’s version of a phone call with Pacquiao.

“I got on the phone with Manny. I done my homework, and seen what he was used to making in big fights. So the offer that I gave him. I offered him $40 million, and said that I would wire him $20 million within 72 hours,” said Mayweather.

“The manager said that he’ll get back to me. A guy by the name of Michael Koncz [Pacquiao's advisor] flew to Las Vegas to talk to me, because he told me that he was in control. I met with him a couple of times, kept trying to make the fight happen, and they said they were going another route.”

Mayweather did not dispute Costas’ assertion that his version of the deal required that Pacquiao would receive none of the money from pay per view, and that he turned down Pacquiao’s proposal of a 50-50 split of the revenue as well as an one from Koncz of a 45-45 split, with the remaining 10 percent going to the winner.

“How my deal is structured at this particular time in the sport of boxing is that I keep 100 percent of the revenue, so why would I even give a 50-50 if I’m out there?” said Mayweather. “At this particular time, I’m not just the highest paid guy in the sport of boxing, I’m the highest paid athlete.”

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Asked a final time about a potential even split with Pacquiao, Mayweather, once again, responded, “Absolutely not.”

“I’m not giving up the split. I’m not. I can’t. I can’t afford to. I give this sport my whole life,” said Mayweather. “I’ve been in this sport dominating. I have record-breaking numbers. He has no record-breaking numbers.”

Using Muhammad Ali’s facing Joe Frazier when Ali was the bigger draw, Costas argued, “Ali needed Frazier to a certain extent.”

“You need Pacquiao for the biggest payday in the history of boxing, which would help boxing, which, in the mainstream, has been diminished,” said Costas. “This would put boxing back, front and center.”

Mayweather said that he does not need Pacquiao to feel as if his career was a success.

“Without Pacquiao, Floyd Mayweather is okay. At the end of the day, Floyd Mayweather has to be happy, because when your career is over, and all is said and done, I have to be happy, and I have to be comfortable,” said Mayweather.

“Look at the Ali situation. Once again, the fans and the people were pushing him to take certain fights that they wanted to see. But guess what? They pushed him, because they wanted to see what they wanted. That’s not what Ali wanted, it’s what they wanted. If Ali could trade it in right now, for his health, he would.”

 

Photos by Tom Hogan, Hogan Photos-Golden Boy Promotions

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

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