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Mayweather To Young Fighters: To Say You Got Locked Up Is Not Cool

BY The Sweet Science ON April 08, 2013
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EIGHT-TIME AND FIVE DIVISION WORLD CHAMPION

FLOYD "MONEY" MAYWEATHER MEDIA ROUNDTABLE QUOTES

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Atlanta (April 8) - Eight-Time and Five-Division World Champion Floyd "Money" Mayweather broke from his Las Vegas training camp over the weekend to attend the semifinals of the men's college basketball tournament at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. While there, he also sat down with media members covering the tournament to discuss his upcoming WBC and Ring Magazine Welterweight World Championship mega-fight against Six-Time and Four Division World Champion Robert Guerrero taking place Saturday, May 4 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas which will be produced and distributed by SHOWTIME PPV®.

Below please find quotes on an array of topics in "Money" Mayweather's own words.

On the NCAA Tournament and Enjoyment of Basketball

"I love basketball. I honestly feel if you are not sweating and it is not blood, sweat and tears, it is not a sport. No disrespect to anyone who's involved and they think it is a sport, but to me it's just an activity if you don't have blood, sweat and tears, then I think it is just an activity.

"This year I really thought it was going to be Indiana. One of my teams is still in it too, but unfortunately for me, I did not have them advancing to the Finals. I will watch the game and am probably going to watch the first half before I decide to make a bet. I have watched both teams [Lousiville and Michigan] and see how they play."

"No one had Wichita State and I guess that is why they are called the 'Shockers.' Obviously that program is doing something right.

"I was telling Charles Barclay before my interview, during the Big East tournament, when Syracuse took the lead over Louisville, they started to play comfortably and Louisville came back and won the game. Same thing happened Saturday against Wichita State, but I think if Michigan takes the lead on Louisville, it is going to be harder for them to come back. Both teams are stacked with talent.

"These guys just poured their hearts out for the love of the game. I just saw that situation at Rutgers where the coach was throwing balls and choking those players and those players didn't go over the edge. They knew they couldn't because they weren't in the position to pull their family out of a rough situation so they were in a tough spot. In that case you have to take the bumps and bruises that comes with those situations. but I don't think it was right what was going on and treating those young college kids playing basketball."

On His May 4 Championship Fight Against Robert Guerrero

"I have been off for a year now, so I am looking forward to getting back in the ring.  Less than a month away, so I am excited.

"Robert Guerrero is a tough fighter, a solid, busy fighter.  He only has one loss, a champion in multiple weight classes.  Let's see what he can do in there.  I am sure he is going to be able to make adjustments in that squared circle just like I can, so we will have to see what happens on May 4th.  We will have to see how the fight plays out.  I just want the fans to tune in.  It's going to be an action-packed fight on May 4th.  I am willing to do whatever it takes to get the victory.  If I have to mix it up or box.  I am going to bring it. 

"He [Guerrero] did something right to get here.  I am sure he is going to be on his 'A' game, but I am not really worried about what he can do.  He needs to worry about what I can do because I have already proven what I can do in the ring.   

"I am very appreciative of what boxing has done for me and I am glad to have given back so much to the sport too.  I always wanted to be the best and I think I have proven that over the course of my career. 

"I have been pushing myself in training camp.  I think my body is going to look tremendous for this fight.  I can't say how my performance is going to be, but of course I am going to go out there and perform.  I always am at my best.

"On May 4th I am going to go out there, be ready and hopefully he is ready too.  This is the longest I have trained for any fight, so it should be a great night.

"I am going to dish it out against Robert Guerrero on this one.  I am going to be the Mayweather that is active.  I have young guys who are really pushing me in the gym for this fight.  Sure I have bad days in the gym, but I don't have bad fight nights, bad paydays.

"Everything is going in camp like it should go.  My Dad and me have an understanding that we all work as a team so that is going well because I need my whole team.  My uncle Roger is coming along as far as his health, but one thing is for sure, that is my family and I love them.  We can't choose our family and as my mother said in the documentary [30 DAYS IN MAY], they gave me a hand and I am just playing the hand they gave me.

"I really wouldn't be here without my team.  My career is not just about the money like some people want to believe.  My career is about my legacy.  It's also about living, loving and laughing and enjoying life. 

"I go through ups and downs.  It's a roller coaster ride.  I just keep on going and do the best I can, but I am strong and am going to continue to survive.  Continue to go strong not just for the sport of boxing, but to entertain the people too.

"I am happy to be with SHOWTIME and CBS.  This is the beginning of our relationship and for the next 30 months I plan to give you action-packed fights.

"I flew to Atlanta for the Final Four, flew to Miami to check my property, I am heading back to Las Vegas to train, then have to make a stop in Los Angeles.

"Everyone is entitled to his or her own opinion about me and my career.  I honestly don't really care what you say.  I love my fans, but I don't live for anybody except myself and my family.  I am comfortable with myself.  If people are out there saying 'I don't like Floyd Mayweather and he is only about the money,' I am pretty sure I have some of their pay-per-view money too."

On Heroes and Young Fighters

"I looked up to a lot of people coming up.  I looked up to different people: my father, my uncle Roger, a lot of other fighters who have come before me too like Muhammad Ali and even Mike Tyson.  I looked up to a lot of people.  I always wanted to be the first to do something, so I was always listening and learning the best I could.

"The person you meet now is the same person you are going to meet down the road.  I don't care what car I am driving or jewelry I am wearing. I stay who I am regardless of what you think I might be or who you think I am.

"People always say, 'If I had this much money, I would do this or I would do that.'  Well those people don't actually have the money or are not in my position.  As Stephen Espinoza just said, you don't stay at the top for as long as I have just because.  I obviously have been doing something right. 

"My mindset has always been to be the best.  I would rather be known as a smart fighter.  If you go back and look at my interviews from when I was young, I always said the less you get hit, the longer you are going to be able to stay in the game.  Going to toe-to-toe just because you can say you did it is not cool to me. 

"Sure I have done it in some of my fights, like the Miguel Cotto fight, but there is also a limit.  I couldn't have done that in all of my 43 fights.  There is a limit.

"I say to the young fighters that some things just aren't cool.  They think taking a lot of punishment and going toe-to-toe in every fight is cool?  That's not cool.  Or to be able to say they got locked up.  That's not cool either.  I know I have made mistakes but I can wake up every morning and say I have been honest admitting that.

"Also for the young fighters they should make sure they have a good team around them.  People that are going to keep it real with you and can help you make the right decision.  There are limits to everything you do.  Even though I might seem edgier at times, I have limits too.  I am older now and I understand it better.  Things can come to a young good fighter so fast they can get caught up in a bad situation. I am going to continue to mentor the young, up-and-coming fighters.  I will try to be the best mentor I can for some of these young fighters.

"For young people I say, work hard and dedicate yourself to your life.  Be respectful to your parents, go to school because education is important and never compromise to be the best that you can be.

"I want to be able to get around and be sharp when my career is over. I want to be like Rafael Garcia who is here with me today.  He's almost 90 years old, hanging with us, still jogging, driving, and wearing sunglasses.  I want to be like that when I am older.  I want to be able to hang out with my grandkids and be the patriarch of my family."

On Training and Music

"If I was to identify with a rapper I would probably have to say Tupac.  Just with everything that has happened in my career and what he rapped about and his own life struggles, I would have to say. 

"As far as listening to music, I am older now and I am an R&B man.  I got a lot of nice cars and when I am driving around in a nice Rolls Royce taking Ms. Jackson out to eat, I'm not trying to be bumpin' some wild music.  Even in the gym or when I run with cars following me with the music, I tell them to give me some old school music, all old school."

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"MAY DAY: Mayweather vs. Guerrero,a 12-round fight for Mayweather's WBC Welterweight World Championship and the vacant Ring Magazine Welterweight World Championship, is promoted by Mayweather Promotions and Golden Boy Promotions and sponsored by Corona, O'Reilly Auto Parts, AT&T, Star Trek Into Darkness and Valvoline.  The mega-event will take place Saturday, May 4 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and will be produced and distributed live by SHOWTIME PPV® beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT.  The event can be heard in Spanish using secondary audio programming (SAP).  Also featured will be Daniel Ponce de Leon vs. Abner Mares, a 12-round fight for Ponce de Leon's WBC Featherweight World Championship, former IBF Bantamweight World Champion Leo Santa Cruz facing veteran Alexander Munoz in a 10-round junior featherweight bout and rising star J'Leon Love squaring off against recent world title challenger Gabriel Rosado in a 10-round middleweight battle for the vacant NABF Middleweight Championship.

Comment on this article

brownsugar says:

Well said MoneyMay... See you on May-Day...

deepwater says:

Good job Floyd

DaveB says:

It's good to hear him talking some sense for a change.

amayseng says:

That actually has to be said?

I thought that goes without saying.

I mean if we have to tell anyone hey it's not "cool" or a good idea

To have your entire freedom taken away as you ruin your life

then I think out society and the human race is in trouble.


Wait a minute, too late.


Floyd talk is cheap.

Actions speak louder than words, like bernard Hopkins

has not been in trouble since and continues to talk to inmates and make appearances

to spend time and educate the youth.


I'm sorry but Floyd's talk is cheap.

And not impressive.

I mean the dude just it out and has had 3 different

allegations of domestics violence.

That's not coincidence.

That's disturbing.

amayseng says:

That actually has to be said?

I thought that goes without saying.

I mean if we have to tell anyone hey it's not "cool" or a good idea

To have your entire freedom taken away as you ruin your life

then I think out society and the human race is in trouble.


Wait a minute, too late.


Floyd talk is cheap.

Actions speak louder than words, like bernard Hopkins

has not been in trouble since and continues to talk to inmates and make appearances

to spend time and educate the youth.


I'm sorry but Floyd's talk is cheap.

And not impressive.

I mean the dude just it out and has had 3 different

allegations of domestics violence.

That's not coincidence.

That's disturbing.

brownsugar says:

I think Floyd does have some issues but he served his time. And the jail time seems to havemade an extreme impact. Nobody really knows the other side of the story... Allegedly his babies mamma was throwing some project X style parties around his kids in a major way. Obviously Floyd's response was inappropriate.. But If I was paying 60,000 a month on child support an my ex was importing old friends from the projects..... Burning up my hard earned money in a puff of smoke and covorting with a house full of leaches and hangers on I'd have my share of issues too. This not a black and white situation.. You cant continually tear a man down for doing something good by just focusing on his faults or past mistakes..... amayseng ... If everybody had to live by your standards there wouldn't be a single good man left standing on the planet. The very same woman who brought the charges against him didn't have a mark on her. She appeared in a video with him at his moms house breaking bread with his family even after Floyd had been convicted and sentenced...she has also made several interviews saying she provoked Floyd and openly shares part of the blame...
The situation on a whole is a bit disfunctional... But the same time its far more complex than somebody's card board cut-out holier than thou perspective makes it seem.
Give the man time .
If Mike Tyson can rise from the ashes of being a rapist and a wife beater to becoming a Vegan with his own Broadway show... Dispensing wisdom and life- transformating advise... Then surely the sky is the limit for the far more reserved Mayweather to have the same potential to transform his own life.
Its takes time to change behaviors learned over a lifetime.

ali says:

Love watching him fight hate listening to him talk. I actually thought he said alot of great things in this interview but im pretty sure pretty soon he's going to say something that's going to rub me the wrong way.

ali says:

B-sug your 110% right I think he will get it after his career is over but right now he's just so wishy washie I can't tell if he's being sincere or not. I will give him the benefit of the doubt for now but I got a feeling

amayseng says:

Brown sugar I know for a fact women can e crazy and drive u crazy.
If his ex is throwing some weird parties or putting his kids in jeopardy then why hasn't he taken FuLL custody of his kids to
give them a safer and better life?
A father always protects his children.
He hasn't even attempted to receive full custody.
I don't see him doing that.

If my high standards are dont beat or abuse or physically harm women then don't you think

that is very telling that you or others accept those as high standards when they should be

what is expected?

Floyd made one comment - it ain't cool to go to jail.

Well no ****.

I am supposed to be impressed by one sentence?

Don't tell me Floyd.

Show me Floyd.

Show me not only by staying out of trouble but by actions.

Make some appearances.

Do some good.

Tall is cheap.

I expect more out of a 36 year old father who has so much money that limitations financially are not an issue.


I work a full time job. I'm a single parent with full custody of my boy his whole life of 14 years now

And I coach the city's babe Ruth baseball team of 13-15 years old.

I don't have time for **** but I spend 6 days a week 1/2 the year with these kids trying to pass something

on to them not just with baseball but with life.

1/3 of my kids have divorced parents.

I could be golfing everyday after work but I choose to spend my time helping these kids.

Forgive me but Floyd's talk is cheap.

Do something to help.

brownsugar says:

Brown sugar I know for a fact women can e crazy and drive u crazy.
If his ex is throwing some weird parties or putting his kids in jeopardy then why hasn't he taken FuLL custody of his kids to
give them a safer and better life?
A father always protects his children.
He hasn't even attempted to receive full custody.
I don't see him doing that.

If my high standards are dont beat or abuse or physically harm women then don't you think

that is very telling that you or others accept those as high standards when they should be

what is expected?

Floyd made one comment - it ain't cool to go to jail.

Well no ****.

I am supposed to be impressed by one sentence?

Don't tell me Floyd.

Show me Floyd.

Show me not only by staying out of trouble but by actions.

Make some appearances.

Do some good.

Tall is cheap.

I expect more out of a 36 year old father who has so much money that limitations financially are not an issue.


I work a full time job. I'm a single parent with full custody of my boy his whole life of 14 years now

And I coach the city's babe Ruth baseball team of 13-15 years old.

I don't have time for **** but I spend 6 days a week 1/2 the year with these kids trying to pass something

on to them not just with baseball but with life.

1/3 of my kids have divorced parents.

I could be golfing everyday after work but I choose to spend my time helping these kids.

Forgive me but Floyd's talk is cheap.

Do something to help.


I appreciate the fact that you devote so much time to the youth....its an admirable thing.
But Floyd donates a modest sum of money unpublicized to the needy people in his state.... Maybe its only for tax purposes but needy people are benefitting from his generosity.... I don't know the full extent of his philanthropy because philanthropy doesn't get reported as much as the negative stories. ......When you look at the celebrities who do nothing at all... I think Floyd's efforts to project a positive message is a positive thing.

amayseng says:

I understand that he does donate and help

And I'm glad he does.

But troubled youth do not see nor hear.

I feel his actions and physical services would go a long way.

They are needed and he has the ability to

contribute greatly.

Radam G says:

Lil' Floyd is full of ______! He does his parts -- no doubt! But everybodee and dey momma will know, because about it, he and his groupies are going to shout. The Money Team is doing what is in publicity fashion to the minimum IMHO. But at least it has it to give. And it is real.

Raining on those whores is not always legit. Oftentimes it's a stunt for coolness publicity. Holla!

brownsugar says:

Great comments

amayseng says:

Let me be clear, I am not Hating soley on floyd...

as a society in todays day and age, morals, values and expectations are at an all time low.

doing the very least in my eyes is not admirable..or ACCEPTABLE.

i strive to be better everyday, and do my best everyday...

the older you get the more you understand that...

now do i expect a 23 year old broner to understand that? no hes too young and immature..

but i expect a 36 year old Floyd who has 100 million dollars to do more the the "minimal"

that is what is wrong with the people in this country today, they do the minimum, in every aspect...

my expectations are high, as are my morals and values...


i expect athletes and celebrities even a normal joe like myself to do what i can.


throwing some money here and there wont solve as much as people think.


growing up children have role models for what accomplishments athletes make, not how much money they have...


kids dont have a sense of money

SouthPaul says:

I just envisioned Floyd showing up at Amayseng's local park for a charity softball game. You're the pitcher to his hitter . You've tried several times hitting him with a underhand fast ball but you can't penetrate the shoulder roll defense . Now I see you taking off your cleat and throwing it at him Muntadhar al-Zaidi style .

Bernie Campbell says:

Why does hi jive about this subject merit attention! Is this message to the youths? What does he fucn think his audience is a bunch of idiots! Its like Bill Clinton telling a bunch of lawyers dont get the job on the job! Im tired of this bloody soap opera with the Mayweathers, and 50c, and Snookie, and Cloee, and Panetella. Talk about Huck's right, and Broner's beard, and Gary Russel's noise, and Donaire's hook! No more media propaganda! You dig!

Bernie Campbell says:

Why does hi jive about this subject merit attention! Is this message to the youths? What does he fucn think his audience is a bunch of idiots! Its like Bill Clinton telling a bunch of lawyers dont get the job on the job! Im tired of this bloody soap opera with the Mayweathers, and 50c, and Snookie, and Cloee, and Panetella. Talk about Huck's right, and Broner's beard, and Gary Russel's noise, and Donaire's hook! No more media propaganda! You dig!

Radam G says:

Dang FRISCOES! Hehe! Holla!

SouthPaul says:

Lmfao @ Bernie's rant. People love a soap opera. They need someone to be critical of in order to feel good of themselves. Nice guys are boring . Look at Sergio Martinez for example . He just gave up a 6 figure donation ..folks hardly noticed or commented on it. Society loves the bad guy!

TioMamoy13 says:

Floyd rains on hoes on camera/Pacquiao rains on hoes in burlesque huts/mayweather has a witty advisor named Leonard ellerbe/Pacquiao has a thief advisor in Michael koncz.

Who cares if he is a role model or not, this is boxing! The theater of the unexpected! Smack talk 101! My people versus your people! Nephew versus uncle! Etc

amayseng says:

Floyd rains on hoes on camera/Pacquiao rains on hoes in burlesque huts/mayweather has a witty advisor named Leonard ellerbe/Pacquiao has a thief advisor in Michael koncz.

Who cares if he is a role model or not, this is boxing! The theater of the unexpected! Smack talk 101! My people versus your people! Nephew versus uncle! Etc



What are you even talking about?

Maybe you should read the article before posting.

Radam G says:

Amayseng, the guys is a long-time idiot from the old Universe. I know this _______ _____ from his syntax. How many times have posters told him that "hoes" are what you use in a garden to chop weeds with. "Hos" are the colloquialism of proper English whores in what he means. Dude is an instigator and racist that routinely crash into this Universe with hateful dimwitted syet until Editor Mike bounces him out..

And NO! He doesn't read the scribes' copies. He is strictly here because he has issues, and apparently needs escapes from his failures in real life. So he comes here to vent with whackout racism, participantly against Pinoys because he works under them and always has in real-space time. Hehe! Holla!

amayseng says:

Yep Radam I noticed he likes to try to bully.

That's why I called him out.

I hate bullies.

Of all sorts.

TioMamoy13 says:

@amayseng
I don't even know radam or his agenda but he comes across *** the bully and racist

dino da vinci says:

Please stop.

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