Some boxing media have been notable in their hesitance to direct questions at Floyd Mayweather regarding IVGate. The day the story came out, he was at a press conference, and about five hours after the story came out, top writers still didn't see the story, and/or choose to ask him about it.
Indeed, grand inquisitor Jim Gray, who has made himself a wealthy man over the decades with his rep as a hard-nosed questioner, didn't ask Floyd about IVGate, or even reference it when he chatted with the boxer at the Friday weigh in.
This Fox Business News reporter, Charles Payne, while engaging in some light-treading, hey, we all do that, make the medicine go down smoother, took it to Floyd pretty good in this Thursday chat.
Check it out:
The reporter says he's a huge fan from a boxing perspective, then asks first question about the IV allegations. Mayweather plays it off as people trying to “taint my legacy.”
The Fox guy then says he can't even get 20 people to come over to watch this Berto fight, and asks him why he picked such a foe. Good stuff, good sharp jab.
And by the way, this can happen when a reporter not on that particular beat swoops in, because he's not afraid of messing up access for the future. But guys on the beat are worried about access, so they tread lightly. None of us are immune to this difficult dynamic…
The reporter says Triple G would have pushed Floyd harder, and that they could find a catchweight, and Floyd stammers and tries to counterpunch, and tries to change the subject to Berto.
Floyd maintains that his paydays indicate he is fully appreciated, when the reporter tells him he's “underappreciated.”
Floyd once again tells us he doesn't really even know who Ronda Rousey is, strange as she has taken slaps at him for his domestic violence history and is the top star in UFC.
Payne asks if Floyd will mix it up more in this scrap, and Floyd says, “No one is entitled to watch,” mis-stating, meaning no one is being forced to buy the event.
Payne says Muhammad Ali and others will be seen as better, in terms of legacy, because they engaged in memorable wars, and took severe risks. “You're not going to be named as one of the greats, not one of the top one, two, three, four five,” said Payne, pressing hard. Floyd ums some, and and says only God can judge him.
It is one of the better interviews done with Floyd in recent memory; props to Payne for bringing it.