During a training session shown in the second episode of Showtime’s All Acess: Mayweagther vs. Canelo, which aired this past Saturday night, Floyd Mayweather Jr. responds to a small boy’s question about whether he hits “the speed bag better than everybody.”
“I do everything better than every boxer,” said Mayweather. “Everything. Now, come on and watch me.”
THE RING’s No. 1-rated pound-for-pound boxer at the age of 36, Mayweather (44-0, 26 knockouts) will take on Canelo Alvarez (42-0-1, 30 KOs), a 23-year-old Mexican star who is THE RING and WBC junior middleweight champion, on Sept. 14 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on Showtime Pay Per View..
The highest paid athlete in sports over the past two years, Mayweather reveals that he “received $25,000 for my first” professional fight, a four-rounder. [Note: according to the Nevada State Athletic Commission, Mayweather made a guaranteed purse of 2,500 for his first fight.]
“I feel like in ’96, I was crawling,” said Mayweather, adding, “and, you know, now I’m running.”
Mayweather also addressed criticism of his lavish lifestyle.
“A lot of times you hear people say that ‘Floyd Mayweather’s always flashing his money. He’s always flashing his cars. He’s always flashing his jewelry.’ I didn’t rob anyone for it,” said Mayweather, who is paid a visit by promoter Don King during one training session.
“All I did was go out there, like an American citizen, and dedicate myself to the sport of boxing. Of course, it’s the American dream to take care of your family and take care of your loved ones. So I always want my family to have the finer things in life. I’m a man, no different from no one else. I’m giving back to the people I’m supposed to give back to. I’ve worked hard, I’ve earned it, so I’m able to spend it like I want to spend it.”
ALVAREZ DISPLAYS POWER AT SHANE MOSLEY’S BIG BEAR COMPOUND
Alvarez spent seven days preparing at Shane Mosley’s jam-packed home gym in Big Bear, Calif., where his is reported to have injured two of three sparring partners, both of whom had to leave. One was ushered out with fractured ribs, and another, with a dislocated shoulder.
“It’s the work. It’s the way that we train. They can’t keep up,” said Alvarez. “They can’t keep up with the work. They get hurt, and that’s why they leave.”
Among Alvarez’s training partners is Keondre Gibson, a junior welterweight.
“He was kind of stronger than I thought he was. He was asking me did it hurt when he was hitting me on my arms, ” said Gibson, 23, who is 8-0 with three knockouts. “Yeah, it did. You know, it got my arms real tight where I couldn’t lift them like I wanted to and throw them like I wanted to.”
MAYWEATHER WILL ‘BE READY’ DESPITE PAST HAND INJURY
Mayweather discussed the hand injury suffered during his last fight, a unanimous decision victory over Robert Guerrero for THE RING’s welterweight championship in May.
“In the Robert Guerrero fight, I was looking for the knockout,” said Mayweather. “But of course, I had a hand injury, which was my right hand. But, I feel good, and, when it’s time to fight, I’ll be ready.”
Mayweather is working with hand therapist, Jodi Lindner.
“A long time ago, he hurt his fourth metacarpal. And so, that bone kind of dropped down,” said Lindner. “And so, we’re doing a lot of strengthening for the little muscles that are in between those bones just to help with keeping the hands strong.We just do a lot of hand-strengthening stuff for the little muscles in the hand, and then a lot of wrist stabilization exercises as well.”
MAYWEATHER SCOFF AY OSCAR DE LA HOYA:
Golden Boy President Oscar De La Hoya has predicted that Mayweather will be stopped inside of eight rounds by Alvarez, whose trainer, Jose “Chepo” Reynoso, likewise, says that his fighter will upset Mayweather similarly to how an unheralded Mexican Alejandro Gonzalez scored a knockout over previously unbeaten Kevin Kelley for the WBC’s featherweight title in January of 1995.
Although Mayweather is in the books for a split-decision victory over De La Hoya in 2007, Alvarez said, “I think Oscar De La Hoya won.”
“When I fought Floyd Mayweather, I laid out the blueprint,” said De La Hoya. “Yes, they gave him the decision. They gave him the fight. He beat me. But the blueprint is right there. Just look at it. I took it out of the vault and I handed it over to Canelo Alvarez. Like Floyd Mayweather says: Everybody has their time, and this is Saul Canelo’s time — right now.”
Mayweather offered a retort.
“Oscar De La Hoya, I kicked his ass. and everybody that Oscar De La Hoya gave the blueprint to, I kicked their ass too. Oscar De La Hoya? How you going to have the blueprint on how to beat me and you didn’t beat me? I don’t give two flying f–ks about it. He’s not s–t to me,” said Mayweather, who poked fun at Alvarez’s red-hair, Mayweather calls his opponent, “Carrot Top,” and, “Chuckie.”
“When you go to war, you’re going to get hit. It’s just how you react after you get hit. Do you fold? Do you run for cover? Do you quit? Do you wave the white flag, or do you keep fighting? I keep fighting.”
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