Exclusive Don King interview on Mayweather vs Pacquiao, James Brown and More - SEEN Sport Magazine
By Eoin Mundow, SeenSportMagazine.com, Special to Doghouse Boxing (March 11, 2011) All Photos © David Martin-Warr/DKP
The King is Back!

You are very close to Floyd Mayweather, is there any possibility of working together to give the boxing fans what they want – Mayweather v Pacquiao or is Al Haymon (Mayweather’s Manager) a sticking point?

Well, you know Floyd Mayweather Jnr is the best fighter in the world, whether he is with me or without me. He is the best fighter in the world!

He leaves a lot to be desired in his public relations and his promotable skills with the people. In the PR war they are taking advantage of him because he is just a young kid from the ghetto, but he stands up for what he believes in and I admire and respect that in him. Hopefully one day we can get it, I don’t want the train to pass us by in the meantime. But he is a terrific fighter and if we ever do get it together BELIEVE ME – He will beat Pacquiao!

Promoter in history, not only in boxing, you also promoted the Jackson’s’ Victory tour. Do you think you have inspired the new generation of entrepreneurs such as Jay-Z, P Diddy?

You can ask them, but let me tell you this.

James Brown was the “Godfather of Soul”; Don King was the “Godfather of Hip Hop”!

We changed the game. The game used to be cup and hold, and hold tight and don’t let go! So the thing here that you have to understand is we are like when Shakespeare and them were going round and playing on a ukulele or little banjo and they would tell the state of the union what all the rappers would tell the story of the community and the story of the ghetto, the stories and of the high profiling.

The same as they did in the time of King Louis in France and when Shakespeare and all of them were was out there, the Bard of Avon telling the state and the nature of the people. What you are seeing in the revolution today was taking place years and years ago through songs, dance and entertainment were the revolt of the persecution.

Don’t forget I took all the magicians to Africa; I took them across the world to a continent they held from their ancestry ethnically. From BB King, James Brown, Sister Sledge, all of the song- writers and producers. I took them there to Africa and then again I took them to the “Thrilla in Manila”.

Do you think it would be possible to do another “Rumble in the Jungle” or something similar? You mentioned the three-day music festival, would you be able to transfer that into the modern day for example with possibly Floyd Mayweather Jnr, Jay Z?

Well there is every possibility, every possibility, if we can get the stars to be a part of it and to be part of the people. We represent the masses not the classes; but we unify the masses and the classes. Judge and yet ye not be judged, that is the theme. You know the only way I can know what you are thinking is by borrowing your eyeballs and walking in your shoes.
So we have to be able to deal with what is real and I think the promotions a possibility and I think it’s time that we should come together, working together works.

For the rest of this MUST READ interview visit www.seensportmagazine.com and here is a link for this issue - http://cde.cerosmedia.com/seen-sport-magazine/1L4d70f91fe4640012.cde.
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