|Floyd Mayweather Sr: "Pacquiao is not going to be the same fighter he was. I think Pacquiao should go and be the Hawaiian President"
By Jenna Jay, OnTheRopes Boxing Radio, Doghouse Boxing (Dec 18, 2012) Doghouse Boxing
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(Please allow 10-15 seconds to buffer.) It's now been just over a week since we witnessed one of the most shocking conclusions to a fight in recent boxing history, and even with this time that has passed, there are still quite a few questions about the fight that was "Manny Pacquiao vs. Juan Manuel Marquez IV". Some people have suggested that Pacquiao should retire, while others have insinuated that Marquez might of cheated in some way, but one thing is for certain... the fight people have long wanted to see in Mayweather vs. Pacquiao has forever been changed. During the 183rd edition of "On The Ropes" I had a chance to speak with boxing trainer, Floyd Mayweather Sr. We discussed the result of this fight, and how it has impacted the boxing scene. Floyd also touched on the future of Pacquiao, and if he will ever be the same fighter again. Floyd spoke on the possibility of training his son Mayweather Jr., and so much more. Here is what Floyd had to say in part one of my two part interview.
Jenna Jay: Floyd you
have had a little bit of time to reflect on Pacquiao-Marquez IV. What
are your thoughts on that fight today, and it's surprising finish?
Floyd Mayweather Sr: I
think that Pacquiao was winning the earlier rounds, but he got dropped
early too though, so I'm pretty sure he did not win that round, but
pretty much the rest of the fight he was winning. Pacquiao did little
something that was changing the fight; he was doing some fainting,
fainting his head, he was fainting there fainting here, he was making
Marquez come at him, and than Pacquiao was clocking him, Pacquiao
killing him with the punches. And I am going to tell you right now,
what he did...that didn't come from Freddie Roach, because out of all
those years he’s been fighting with Freddie Roach, I’ve never seen him
faint like the way he did when he fought last. He was really setting up
Marquez, catching Marquez punches, 2-3 punches, he was catching Marquez
just like that, fainting here fainting there, and that’s what he was
never taught him that before, Freddie don’t know anything about that.
One thing is that you don’t teach what you don’t know. Somebody else
came to the gym, and gave him some knowledge about what he did. I think
whatever he did, whether he was using, Marquez was awfully slow, and
Pacquiao was going for the KO, Marquez was going for KO, and Marquez has
got very, very slow since his time they fought first time up. Until
now, and like I said even though Pacquiao got dropped once he before, he
was clearly winning the fight totally, but like I said Marquez was
strong with whatever he did his weight, and whatever he did with it, I
In the aftermath of the fight, you see people trying to place blame for
Pacquiao's defeat. In your honest opinion, who do you think should be
blamed more for the loss?
Mayweather Sr: I
can’t say it’s on Freddie Roach, I can’t say it’s on Manny. It just
happened. He got dropped earlier in the fight if you remember, then down
the line Pacquiao started to do really good, he was then fainting the
jab, hitting him with 2-3 punches, and every time he was doing that, he
was doing really good, but that’s not the work of Freddie Roach I am
telling you. I’ve never seen that in my life, and you can’t teach what
you don’t know.
mentioned something earlier about Marquez, and it's something that
Freddie Roach actually came out in the press about, saying that he
suspected Marquez was using something due to the way his body looked at
the weight. What did you think about Roach coming out with this before
A lot of money wasted. It’s a fight that my son could of definitely won
if Pacquiao would of taken the test. My son could of definitely beaten
Pacquiao, you see how he whipped Marquez who would want to see my son
and Marquez fight again?
Mayweather Sr: We
went through the same shit, what they gone through same shit, same
stuff, why the hell you want to sue some for talking about saying
something, now his ass about to get sued. If you say something bad
about somebody else, and he’s got all this money, and beat all these
fighters that he wouldn’t normally beat, if he hadn’t had something
stuff in him? Now Freddie Roach has got something to say about this,
because of one fight, because the guy who use to beating everybody and
knocking all these big guys, now he got knock out someone damn near his
size, now all they talk about is which one is using this, which one
using that, but there is nothing to talk about now between him and my
son, that's over with.
have to ask you about that Floyd, because for 3 years all people have
talked about was a Mayweather-Pacquiao fight, and now with this result,
no one is going to want to see it, how much of a waste do you think it
is that this fight was never made when it could have been?
one would want to see that fight Floyd, so that asks another question,
and that is who is there out for your son to fight now?
My son has not contacted me. I guess I probably should check too, but
being that my brother is sick, he probably going to need me to help, and
that’s what my friend was reading to me the other day. Me being the
father, and a trainer, him being my son, I have no problem with training
and helping, however it goes… my son doesn't want his daddy to treat
him like some 10 year old, but guess what? I am still going to be
respected as a father-however it goes.
Mayweather Sr: There
is some big challenges out for my son. Being that my brother (Roger) is
sick, that he's sick, the other day someone was reading off the
computer or whatever it was that my son wanted me to comeback and train
him, because my brother is sick.
Jenna: Your son contacted you about training him?
you have seen a lot of great fighters come and go over the years. After
seeing the type of loss Pacquiao suffered, do you think he can comeback
from it and still be an elite fighter?
Mayweather Sr: I
would have to say no. When you get knocked out like that, pretty much
everything is over. When you get knock out like that, when you start
fighting and stuff, and when you get hit with a good punch, another good
shot another good punch, you say oh shit, you realize you escaped that
one, and you realize you can’t escape another. I am just saying that,
not that it can’t happen again. Pacquiao is not going to be the same
fighter he was... I think Pacquiao should go and be the Hawaiian
President or whatever it is, whatever that he wants to be, and go on and
do that, because he is done all that he could in Boxing. If he fights
Marquez again, Marquez is real tough, so I think the same thing could
happen again. I think the Pacman needs to shut it down, but than again
he do have another option, he got a contract drawn up that say they
have another rematch. My opinion is that it’s your money or your brain,
and who wants to catch brain injury if you got money.
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