In New York, Floyd Was Being Floyd, And Now I'm Helping To Keep Him Relevant...WOODS

BY Michael Woods ON June 29, 2011
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MayweatherOrtizNYPC_Hoganphotos1Floyd Mayweather has always looked to me like he could carry of the "Pretty Boy Floyd" nickname. He turns 35 in February, but until recently, he had something of a baby face. He'd summon that high wattage smile, flash the gleaming choppers, his unlined eyes beaming, sending out a message of: Who me, worry?

But looking at Floyd in New York yesterday, at the press conference to hype his Sept. 17 showdown with Victor Ortiz, I saw a man who has aged a couple years in the last year or so. Now, Floyd basically looks his age.

When not beaming, when not animately discussing his showdown against the powerful but somewhat defensively suspect Ortiz, you could see little bags under Floyd's eyes.

I know bags, being the father to two girls, aged 4 and nine months. Sleep deprivation will do that.

I'm not busting on Floyd, not trying to make too much of the matter. Lord knows, with all he's got on his plate, the man is allowed a few more lines on his mug, a few sessions of laying his head on his pillow, worrying if it's all going to come crashing down on him.

I wrote a column for ESPN New York on the presser yesterday (http://es.pn/jUG6tz), and was proud to include some analysis from ace attorney Keith Sullivan, who is a contributor to MSNBC, and Fox News. He puts into sharper detail some of the woes that have weathered Floyd somewhat.

"Currently, Floyd has more legal problems than a boxing gym has gloves," Sullivan said.

"On the home front, he has a domestic violence charge pending, for the alleged assault on his ex.  This case won't hit the Courts until after the Ortiz fight.  However, he is looking at 4 felony charges.

He also has two pending misdemeanor assault cases involving security guards at his housing complex.  One of the two is scheduled for trial on Sept. 1.  His attorneys are likely to get this matter adjourned until after the fight.

Manny seems poised to score a knockout victory against Floyd in the Federal defamation suit.  Mayweather violated the judges Order to appear for a deposition in mid-June.  Disobeying any judge is never good, but particularly a Federal Judge.  Manny's lawyer will likely seek a default judgment against Floyd.  If the two ever fight, Manny may be able to walk with BOTH purses to satisfy the judgment!

Allegedly, the IRS is also back looking for more outstanding taxes.

Lastly, Las Vegas media is reporting that Floyd is being sued for assault over having allegedly ordered his bodyguards to rough up a fan who asked Floyd why he was ducking Manny.  Criminal charges were not brought.
The most serious legal problem is the felony domestic violence charges.  This case is set for trial 2 weeks before the Ortiz fight.  While Floyd is one of the most focused fighters, mounting legal problems have an impact on a person, especially when jail is a possible outcome.  I suspect his legal team will do everything in their power to show the Court that Floyd is contrite and willing to partake in anger-management programs and community service as punishment.  This case hinges almost entirely on his exes willingness to testify against him.  Doing so, may not be in the best interest of their children's financial future- sadly, for her economics may play a role in deciding if she wants to cooperate.

I'm glad to see Floyd getting back in the ring.  He needs to focus and get stability back in his life.  Hopefully he finds it through boxing.  I also hope he has his lawyers on speed dial as his legal issues seem to grow faster than his bank account.  He can run, slip, duck, bob & weave away from fighters, but the law is said to have a "long-arm" for a reason, it always catches up to you."

I asked Floyd if that legal stuff distracted him, and he said no, everyone has to go through stuff in life. He switched gears, to blame the media for focusing on the negative stuff. I asked if people target him, as they did Mike Tyson back in the day. "I don't really know," he said, choosing his words carefully, and then added that there has been one instance of someone who accused him of assault that didn't even get touched.

In NY, Floyd was Floyd. He was his charismatic self, showing all the characteristics that make him a must see entertainer. He bragged, he showed humility, he thanked God, he told us how much he loved his kids--who were with him--and his mom, he praised Ortiz, he told us he didn't accuse Pacquiao of using steroids, and then deftly implied that Manny has used illegal performance enhancers to become a star midway through his career, something Mayweather said just doesn't happen. I had to tip my hat to him, when he thanked guys like me, who often are not fans of his conduct, for keeping him "relevant."

He said, again, that he would like to fight Manny Pacquiao, if Manny accedes to his demands to testing protocol. That's actually not news, for the record. He then blamed the media for pushing the fight further away, by accusing him of being a coward. "Why the world want to see a coward, someone that's scared fight, me myself personally, I don't  want to see a coward fight," he said. I call BS on that front; we may have power to push buttons, to influence the conversation, but we darn well don't have the power to make or break Mayweather-Pacquiao. If we do, then I'd say we are underpaid.

Again, this was Floyd being Floyd. At times showing a softer side, making sense, then mixing in material that doesn't pass the sniff test, doesn't meet my definition as being totally logical. He is the most compelling personality in the sport, among the most compelling in all of sports, and I actually appreciate him more and more as the years pass. I think I've come to identify with him more than I used to, I suppose, and often look past the bragging, and see the sadness, the insecurity. Hey, my four year old does silly things, sometimes infuriates me, but I am over-the-moon fond of her....

I asked Floyd why he didn't fight more often; seeing as how he is a compelling character and makes my job easier, I'd like it, and so would has fans. He said it takes a long period of time to build a pay per view fight. I also asked him if he was liking the sport, a couple years after he took time off because he was burnt out. He didn't say he loved or liked boxing, but did say he was entitled to some time off. Fair enough.

Then Floyd said he had nothing bad to say about Bob Arum, a half hour after busting on Bob for his involvement in the 199 IBF/Bob Lee bribery scandal.

Floyd being Floyd. You can either shake your head in disgust, or marvel at the chutzpah.

"I'm older, I'm wiser, the only thing I want is the best for my children, that's all I want, I want the best for my babies," he told us, and I wanted to believe him.

He talked the talk and walked it in that regard, when he told us he'll be happy to get his just due down the line, when a new batch of writers come on the scene.

In closing: I hope Floyd irons out the legal stuff. I hope he enjoys unity within his family, and is able to bond like he wants to with his kids. I hope we see him fighting more often. He's good for boxing, and as a character, he's entertaining, if sometimes in a semi infuriating way.

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Comment on this article

deepwater says:

floyd gave the thumbs down. My friend is the manager of drais after hours. floyd might be broke in a few years.

amayseng says:

floyd is an idiot.

always has been, near 35 so he always will be..

of course, his dad is an idiot as well, and his uncle a thug as well.

no class, none of them...

he is a hipocrite of his own words, near a half hour later...

floyd is fighting for tax money and lawyer fees, nothing else..

that is all..

and when you fight for money only, when your heart and soul is not in something

you get caught off guard and beat...

dont be surprised to see a young and strong ortiz rough may up

brownsugar says:

Awesome... I first read this article on ESPN BOXING,.. very fair, very insightful.. Floyd looked good,...not an ounce of fat on him.. but his eyes were bloodshot and he seemed to be sporting a scraggly 5'oclock shadow. Looking like he was shouldering the weight of the world on his shoulders. But he's still holding his head high.. and I believe he'll bring his best against Ortiz who is more than a Live Dog... As long as he has his dad and Roger in his corner Floyd stands a good chance to pull this out.. but it's going to be a tough and grueling battle. Just watched the LA press conference. You could tell that something awakened in his fighting heart as Ortiz was getting in his verbal jabs non-stop. What initially looked like signs of resignation in Floyds eyes suddenly changed to defiance when he told Ortiz that after he beats him, Pac is next. Mayweather was professional as ever but you could tell that he was somewhat weary of performing the hype job... Whether he's doing it for lawsuits, the taxes or whatever... all fighters fight for money... what they get to spend it on is their own business. I'm sure no working man ever gets a bad rap for going to work everyday... knowing there's going to be a paycheck dropped into his account on thurday morning. It's the reason I get up at 5 everday even if I stay up untill 2 in the morning the night before.... Mayweather now has the huge task to show that he's up for the serious labor that he'll be confronted with in the form of a Vicious Victor Ortiz on sept 17... will the O go?...don't know,.. but I'll have my subscription for HBO activated in september so I can watch this highly anticipated battle in the comfort of my own home for a change. It's also a good reason for me to use some of vacation time I've hardly touched in 2011. was thinking about flying to Las Vegas... but I'll never get the view that I'll get from my living room. wouldn't miss this for anything.

Radam G says:

No commento! Holla!

GerardMcL says:

Bags under his eyes at opening press conference does not mean bags under his eyes come fight night. Floyd is a gym rat and a genius technician in the ring. He will show up in shape and he defence will be too good for Ortiz. I give Floyd a huge amount of credit for a fighting a guy in his prime at his weight (unlike other P4P greats). Floyd can be aggressive when he needs too and I see him frustrate and pick apart Ortiz on way to comfortable points win. I like Ortiz but haven't seen anything to suggest he can handle a guy of Floyd's quality.

Real Talk says:

I'm 80% optimist if you ask me. Welcome back Pretty boy Floyd May. I'll be locked in on the ring enjoying the display on some of the highest level of skills an I'm counting down to the day. The biggest draw in boxing so people pay like they weigh. About these legal issues I know what to do...pray. All of us have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. His sanctuary is the gym where he's gonna be training hard. When you become a freind of him the world becomes your enemy, you know where your strength come from and he'll come with the remedy. Young Floyd is still fresh and his body is well rested, accepted the challenge of a young lion so his fire will be tested. Ortiz will come out to make his mark and stalk very aggresive, which brings out the best in Floyd who's punching power's deceptive. Some are betting on the youth and say May's long in the tooth, ignoring the discipline and the depth of his boxing roots. Team Pac will be lending tips to make Vic more equiped, but will be tipping their hand so they should just zip that lip. I aint braggin just congratzin not riding the bandwagon when I say Vic's about to the ring with a North American DRAGON!!! Brother Naz says when you touch him he starts to breathing fire I aint a liar when I say he's got the eye of the tiger and the hands will be coming relentless like Aaron Pryor, it's the return of the King all bow to the sire.....I know you aint like that ...LOL...that got up ya ire ;-) Dueces

Real Talk says:

Awesome... I first read this article on ESPN BOXING,.. very fair, very insightful.. Floyd looked good,...not an ounce of fat on him.. but his eyes were bloodshot and he seemed to be sporting a scraggly 5'oclock shadow. Looking like he was shouldering the weight of the world on his shoulders. But he's still holding his head high.. and I believe he'll bring his best against Ortiz who is more than a Live Dog... As long as he has his dad and Roger in his corner Floyd stands a good chance to pull this out.. but it's going to be a tough and grueling battle. Just watched the LA press conference. You could tell that something awakened in his fighting heart as Ortiz was getting in his verbal jabs non-stop. What initially looked like signs of resignation in Floyds eyes suddenly changed to defiance when he told Ortiz that after he beats him, Pac is next. Mayweather was professional as ever but you could tell that he was somewhat weary of performing the hype job... Whether he's doing it for lawsuits, the taxes or whatever... all fighters fight for money... what they get to spend it on is their own business. I'm sure no working man ever gets a bad rap for going to work everyday... knowing there's going to be a paycheck dropped into his account on thurday morning. It's the reason I get up at 5 everday even if I stay up untill 2 in the morning the night before.... Mayweather now has the huge task to show that he's up for the serious labor that he'll be confronted with in the form of a Vicious Victor Ortiz on sept 17... will the O go?...don't know,.. but I'll have my subscription for HBO activated in september so I can watch this highly anticipated battle in the comfort of my own home for a change. It's also a good reason for me to use some of vacation time I've hardly touched in 2011. was thinking about flying to Las Vegas... but I'll never get the view that I'll get from my living room. wouldn't miss this for anything.


Well put brother B-Sug. I too will not miss it for anything. I will not take a job and miss this joint. Nossirr!!!! Peace N Blessings

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