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FLOYD: "In 18 Years I Haven't Brought My Best Out Yet"

BY The Sweet Science ON April 23, 2014
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FLOYD MAYWEATHER AND MAYWEATHER PROMOTIONS FIGHTERS MEDIA WORKOUT QUOTES

FLOYD MAYWEATHER, 10-Time World Champion

"In 18 years I haven't brought my best out yet. Being around the sport for so long, I have a lot of experience. I've boxed my whole life. I've never worked a job.

"As I get older I want to settle down and be with my family. I've had enough fun.

"It feels good to be in camp. Everyone on the team is ready to go out and do what we do best.

"This is a give and take type of sport. Al Haymon has done a good job. Leonard Ellerbe has done a good job. Now it's time for me to go out and do what I do.

"Maidana deserves the opportunity. He's a champion with an 80 percent knockout ratio. He deserves this fight.

"Everything isn't about speed. Everything in boxing and life is about timing. I'm a fighter that likes to take my time and be smart. Some fighters like to be reckless. You see what happens when fighters are reckless.

"Boxing is like chess. Every move has to be thought about before you make it. I like to study my opponents first.

"I'm not going to do a lot of moving when I get in the ring. I'm coming straight ahead.

"Everyone is supposed to say they want to fight me. Right now Maidana is the guy that I can't overlook.

"I love all my fans that support me from Argentina. It's the sport of boxing, so the best have to fight the best."

LEONARD ELLERBE, CEO of Mayweather Promotions

"Mayweather is always ready for anyone.

"Maidana has tremendous punching power and can knock you out at any moment.

"Maidana should be ready for a toe-to-toe battle.

"THE MOMENT will be a tremendous fight. A must see event.

"Floyd has a unique talent that I've never seen before in my life. He's better now than he was 12 years ago.

"Floyd's preparation elevates him above the rest.

"J'Leon has matured as a fighter. This is going to be a very tough fight for him."

"I have every bit of confidence that this is a challenge that J'Leon will prevail in and then be in a great position to challenge for the world title."

RICHARD SCHAEFER, CEO GOLDEN BOY PROMOTIONS

"Floyd Mayweather did it again. He picked the most dangerous opponent he could have.

"It's going to be a thrilling fight. Maidana is ready and he's going to come to try to knock out Mayweather.

"It is always amazing to be at a Mayweather workout. The turnout is something to see.

"As a boxing fan, I cannot wait for May 3. THE MOMENT is going to be an unforgettable night of boxing.

"The whole card from top to bottom is something that no one is going to want to miss and the pay-per-view portion is one of the best, if not the best we have ever put together."

J'LEON LOVE, Super Middleweight Contender

"I'm going to bring my A-plus game.

"I'm not scared of a guy Periban's size.

"This is graduation season. I'm ready to fight for the world title.

"I know I'm going to beat Periban. I feel it in my heart."

RONALD GAVRIL, Undefeated Middleweight Contender

"My opponent is not a problem for me.

"I'm preparing for a show. He better be ready.

"It's an honor to train next to Floyd. I learn from the champion in every way.

"Keep your eyes on me. The show is going to begin."

ASHLEY THEOPHANE, Welterweight Contender

"I don't worry about my opponent. I fight my fight.

"Experience counts. I've been here before. I'm beyond ready.

"I've never been knocked out before. It's going to be an action-packed fight.

"I'm one win away from the world title. I'm focused.

"It's all about getting the W.

"I'm good for another few years. I'm still young and hungry."

LANELL BELLOWS, Super Middleweight Prospect

"It's just another day at the office. We do what we have to do.

"I'm working harder now. What happened yesterday is yesterday.

"I always strive to push myself further.

"He has to be fast enough to hit me. No mater how big or small.

"Expect a hungry man. Nothing but the very best.

"If I touch you there's a chance you may be going down.

ANDREW TABITI, Undefeated Cruiserweight Prospect

"Never give up. I didn't think I would make it so that's all I have to say.

"It doesn't stop here. I'm trying to get to the next level."

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"THE MOMENT: Mayweather vs. Maidana," is a 12-round world championship unification bout for Mayweather and Maidana's respective 147-pound titles. This is the third fight of Mayweather's lucrative multi-fight deal with Showtime Networks Inc. THE MOMENT is promoted by Mayweather Promotions and Golden Boy Promotions and sponsored by Corona, O'Reilly Auto Parts and AT&T. In the co-main event, Amir Khan faces Luis Collazo in a 12-round bout for the vacant WBC silver welterweight world title. The pay-per-view undercard also features a 10-round junior welterweight fight between Adrien Broner and Carlos Molina as well as a 10-round super middleweight bout featuring J'Leon Love vs. Marco Antonio Periban. The event will be produced and distributed live by SHOWTIME PPV (9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT) will be available in Spanish via secondary audio programming (SAP).

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Skibbz says:

Yet he's the best ever and refuses to fight those other champions around him. 18 years and we haven't seen the best of him... but wait a short while and we will see the last of him.. For his legacy to still live on he needs to fight those other champions, so he isn't remembered for making the most $, but can truly be acknowledged as the best ever.

Radam G says:

Yet he's the best ever and refuses to fight those other champions around him. 18 years and we haven't seen the best of him... but wait a short while and we will see the last of him.. For his legacy to still live on he needs to fight those other champions, so he isn't remembered for making the most $, but can truly be acknowledged as the best ever.


Seldom in the history of boxing have the "best ever" fought the truthfully other best ever of his era. Lil' Floyd is among many greats in doing what he is doing. The one that quickly keep coming to my mind is the late, great Sugar Ray Robinson. He didn't step up and fight the best around. But he's often called the greatest pug to ever live by many earwitnesses and film eyewitnesses.

No matter how you shake it or make it, Lil' Floyd is going down in the annals of boxing as one of the greatest ever. He is a prizefighter, not pridefighter, fanfighter or the likes. Making fans and critics happy is the last thing he wants to do on his list of things to do just above being sick or dead. Holla!

Skibbz says:

Seldom in the history of boxing have the "best ever" fought the truthfully other best ever of his era. Lil' Floyd is among many greats in doing what he is doing. The one that quickly keep coming to my mind is the late, great Sugar Ray Robinson. He didn't step up and fight the best around. But he's often called the greatest pug to ever live by many earwitnesses and film eyewitnesses.

No matter how you shake it or make it, Lil' Floyd is going down in the annals of boxing as one of the greatest ever. He is a prizefighter, not pridefighter, fanfighter or the likes. Making fans and critics happy is the last thing he wants to do on his list of things to do just above being sick or dead. Holla!


It's one thing to dance around your opponents inside the ring, but I will never accept it if it's done outside of the ring. Whether or not people have done it in the past makes it no better or right for someone to do it in the present or future.

We have one voice, and one mind so there's not much we can do to change the views of the many who live in our era unless we get in the limelight. But for the billions that follow us in future generations, opportunities are there to show them a different path. When you are in a position to do that and you simply do not it's not agreeable with me.

At the end of the day, RG until he fights the one or two other guys close to or on par with him... I won't offer him recognition as the best ever. But you're right, what does that matter to him? When I was a sportsman, it didn't matter to me who thought what of me, so long as I knew in myself that I was the best and I acted accordingly. My problem is that Floyd does the first part... but not the latter.

Radam G says:

It's one thing to dance around your opponents inside the ring, but I will never accept it if it's done outside of the ring. Whether or not people have done it in the past makes it no better or right for someone to do it in the present or future.

We have one voice, and one mind so there's not much we can do to change the views of the many who live in our era unless we get in the limelight. But for the billions that follow us in future generations, opportunities are there to show them a different path. When you are in a position to do that and you simply do not it's not agreeable with me.

At the end of the day, RG until he fights the one or two other guys close to or on par with him... I won't offer him recognition as the best ever. But you're right, what does that matter to him? When I was a sportsman, it didn't matter to me who thought what of me, so long as I knew in myself that I was the best and I acted accordingly. My problem is that Floyd does the first part... but not the latter.


I read you loud and clear. But there will always be Floyds, Jacks, Joes and a lot hoes. Hehehe! And they ain't gonna get down never and no how [sic] with danger to comfort fans or critics. Holla!

amayseng says:

RICHARD SCHAEFER, CEO GOLDEN BOY PROMOTIONS
"Floyd Mayweather did it again. He picked the most dangerous opponent he could have.

Am I in crazy town???
most dangerous? Pac, GGG, SM, Pwill, margarito, prime cotto, prime shane, Vernon,


WOW are they blowing smoke up everyone's ***


And why the hell is J'leon talking? what has he ever done? He is not worthy of a quote.


this promotion is looking desperate.

The Shadow says:

RICHARD SCHAEFER, CEO GOLDEN BOY PROMOTIONS
"Floyd Mayweather did it again. He picked the most dangerous opponent he could have.

Am I in crazy town???
most dangerous? Pac, GGG, SM, Pwill, margarito, prime cotto, prime shane, Vernon,


WOW are they blowing smoke up everyone's ***


And why the hell is J'leon talking? what has he ever done? He is not worthy of a quote.


this promotion is looking desperate.


Lol that was funny, no he's not worthy of quotes.

To be fair, none of those guys were available. GGG is exclusive to HBO and so is Sergio Martinez. GGG has bigger fish to fry, anyway, literally speaking.

I actually remember when Williams was in a position to inch closer to that shot but he messed around and got beat by Carlos Quintana. By the time he had avenged that loss, the ship had sailed. Floyd was on to PPV.

Like Lou DiBella says, sometimes guys just don't intersect. Maidana was the most dangerous of the ones who were available in his weight class.

Floyd is just kinda too polished for the rest of those dudes.

Interesting with Vernon, was there talk of them fighting at some point? Maybe I'm wrong but I remember Floyd fighting at lightweight during the time Vernon was beating Shane and getting beat up by Mayorga.

Would've been an interesting fight at 147!

SouthPawFlo says:

18yrs & better than ever right now, when everybody from his generation has either retired, died, or is a shell of themselves he's still at the top of the game....


People underestimate how smart the man is in the ring, he pretty much enters every fight as the older man, the smaller man, or the one with the least punching power, and the most boxing miles on the odometer but his Conditioning & Ring IQ picks up where his physical gifts don't...

The Shadow says:

18yrs & better than ever right now, when everybody from his generation has either retired, died, or is a shell of themselves he's still at the top of the game....


People underestimate how smart the man is in the ring, he pretty much enters every fight as the older man, the smaller man, or the one with the least punching power, and the most boxing miles on the odometer but his Conditioning & Ring IQ picks up where his physical gifts don't...


Agreed, though I don't think his physical gifts have eroded much, if at all. He's very genetically gifted and will probably be fast into his fifties.

kidcanvas says:

thats because he dosent fight them at their best and its sad ... for us , for him for boxing .the 0 will always have a footnote in my head

The Shadow says:

thats because he dosent fight them at their best and its sad ... for us , for him for boxing .the 0 will always have a footnote in my head


Who can beat him, though? It's hard to find a real challenge.

I don't believe Lara is a threat. People may say, should Thurman suddenly explode to #1 P4P, that Floyd ducked him, even though he's not a viable challenger at this point, kinda like the Paul Williams situation.

Who else? GGG. It's contractually impossible, not to mention the fact that GGG has never fought at 154 let alone 147...

Sergio Martinez, same thing. He's tied to HBO.

Regarding the Pacquiao situation, "I think people will say why didn't they fight each other, and blame both guys to be honest with you. Because the first negotiation we were against the blood test, and it was kinda our fault that the first time it didn't work."

- Freddie Roach.

Bradley isn't a threat, I think we all know that now. Neither is Marquez.

Who else do we really have?

The Good Doctor says:

Who can beat him, though? It's hard to find a real challenge.

I don't believe Lara is a threat. People may say, should Thurman suddenly explode to #1 P4P, that Floyd ducked him, even though he's not a viable challenger at this point, kinda like the Paul Williams situation.

Who else? GGG. It's contractually impossible, not to mention the fact that GGG has never fought at 154 let alone 147...

Sergio Martinez, same thing. He's tied to HBO.

Regarding the Pacquiao situation, "I think people will say why didn't they fight each other, and blame both guys to be honest with you. Because the first negotiation we were against the blood test, and it was kinda our fault that the first time it didn't work."

- Freddie Roach.

Bradley isn't a threat, I think we all know that now. Neither is Marquez.

Who else do we really have?



I agree with you, I don't think anyone now or in the last 20 years beats him but that is where the conundrum begins. We don't know because he never got in the ring with some of the guys that appeared to be able to push him for whatever reason. He is in the catbird seat right now though because most of the competition around him right now is not prepared for a step up to his level. With the exception of being caught with the "Antonio Tarverish" type punch, it is hard to see Floyd not finishing his career with a 0 at the end.

Unfortunately for Floyd, unlike most sports boxing weighs the merit of your competition almost as much as being a winner. This will always be the hole in Floyd's resume and it is a fair criticism.

King Beef says:

Lol that was funny, no he's not worthy of quotes.

To be fair, none of those guys were available. GGG is exclusive to HBO and so is Sergio Martinez. GGG has bigger fish to fry, anyway, literally speaking.

I actually remember when Williams was in a position to inch closer to that shot but he messed around and got beat by Carlos Quintana. By the time he had avenged that loss, the ship had sailed. Floyd was on to PPV.

Like Lou DiBella says, sometimes guys just don't intersect. Maidana was the most dangerous of the ones who were available in his weight class.

Floyd is just kinda too polished for the rest of those dudes.

Interesting with Vernon, was there talk of them fighting at some point? Maybe I'm wrong but I remember Floyd fighting at lightweight during the time Vernon was beating Shane and getting beat up by Mayorga.

Would've been an interesting fight at 147!



I don't think there was any talk of fighting Vernon, just another name thrown into the pot. Its the same way everybody talks ducking "prime" Mosley; even though Floyd was chasing Mosley and Oscar at that time because they were the big dogs. People either don't know or choose to forget that back then Floyd was the high risk low reward guy...before he became "Money".
I have had to point alot of people on other sites to the Mosley vs Vargas II fight, when you get the infamous bad tooth tap dance.

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