Floyd Mayweather Rips Oscar, Liddell, MMA

BY Michael Woods ON March 27, 2007
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I really think these guys don’t like each other. I could be wrong. This could all be hype for their May 5 Super Bowl of Boxing, but I really think Oscar De La Hoya and Floyd Mayweather don’t like each other. It wouldn’t be so surprising if the dynamic duo’s back and forth barbs are legit, and not presented solely for the purpose of fanning the flames for their May mashup. After all, they went on an 11-city media tour to prime the pump, and if there wasn’t enmity going into it, you know there would be after that junket. Smart people have known about the concept of familiarity breeding contempt since…I don’t know…since marriage was invented…(My sterling union aside, sweetie).

Mayweather and De La Hoya upped the hate factor, which had been dwindling at an impolite “7” to a full-fledged “10” on Wednesday. They held a separate (but equally hateful) conference call, and Floyd was first. He got right to the verbal flamethrowing. “Oscar ain’t real,” PBF said. “He’s a fake ass fighter….he’s greedy, ungrateful, he’s a brat.” Mayweather said that ODLH shouldn’t be talking about his status as a top grosser in the sport, as he thinks that designation should be reserved for Mike Tyson. And, PBF said, Oscar isn’t in the same league of stardom as Ali or Tyson were. And, he said, as far as talent goes, De La Hoya can’t hold a candle to Floyd Mayweather. He didn’t stop there. PBF then compared Oscar the Promoter to Oscar’s most heated competitor, Bob Arum, and Don King as well. “Mayweather Promotions is coming, watch how we treat fighters,” PBF said. Floyd’s fury wasn’t reserved for the Golden Boy. The press got slammed for fixating on the Junior vs. Senior soap opera angle. “I don’t ask you what’s going on between you and your dad,” he said. “I’m not fighting my dad. I’m not here to talk about him.” Senior has been working with Junior said, but as of now, Uncle Roger is his trainer, period, exclamation point, end of story. (Anyone wanna bet that Senior’s in his corner on fight night as an extra added bonus attraction?) I shrunk back in agony when Floyd landed a direct hit on the “Fourth Estate,” when he said, “America is about controversy and money. What goes on between me and my dad is my personal business.” Hold on, the UFC and Chuck Liddell didn’t escape Floyd’s venom. “UFC ain’t shit,” he said. “It ain’t but a fad. Anyone can put a tattoo on their head and get in a street fight.” He singled out UFC poster boy Chuck Liddell for an extra overhand right. “We should put Liddell against a good heavyweight, under Mayweather Promotions, and if Chuck wins, then I’ll give him a million dollars out of my own pocket.” PBF then shoe-shined all MMA fighters. “These are guys who couldn’t make it in boxing,” he said. “So they do (MMA). Boxing is the best sport in the world and it’s here to stay.” Love him or hate him, think he’s just speaking truth or he has a rampant ego and you’re hoping Oscar has a pin on May 5th, and will pop Floyd’s bubble, you must admit this about PBF: he’s entertaining when he gets that mouth in high gear.

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