Floyd Mayweather Jr. Interview
Floyd “Money” Mayweather Jr. is back and, as per usual, the superstar is headlining the boxing event of the year. On Saturday, May 1st (pay-per-view), Mayweather puts his 40-0 record on the line against Welterweight Champion “Sugar” Shane Mosley. While Mosley is predicting Mayweather’s first defeat, Mayweather’s brash prediction is a Mosley beat-down.
While Mosley is the welterweight champion, Mayweather has won six different belts in five different weight classes and as his 40-0 record indicates, not many boxers have touched him. He is the No. 1 pound-for-pound fighter in the world, and from trash-talking outside of the ring to hall of fame boxing skill, Mayweather always puts on a show.
This show begins this Saturday at 9:00 p.m. ET on HBO pay-per-view. Find out whether Mosley makes history and hands Mayweather Jr. his first defeat or whether Mosley is just boxer No. 41 to lose to Mayweather.
Q1: AskMen.com : Are you fully focused on Shane Mosley for this fight or is there an eye for Manny Pacquiao as well? Floyd Mayweather Jr. : May 1st and Shane Mosley is the only thing I’m focused on. Mosley is a very tough competitor. You need to be 100% focused for a guy like that. You’ll see that I have done everything possible to prepare. You’ll see how seriously I’m taking this bout. On May 1st, I’m going to take care of business.
Q2: AM : Do you feel that Mosley deserves to be in the ring with you right now? Has he earned the shot at you – or is he just the best fight out there right now? FMJ : Mosley’s the biggest challenge out there for me right now. Shane Mosley is a good fighter. He’s fought some of the top guys out there. He deserves everything he has coming to him this Saturday.
Q3: AM : What kind of insight can Oscar De La Hoya provide to his friend and partner, Mosley, considering De La Hoya already stepped in the ring with you? FMJ : I don’t really know. Maybe how to get beat down.
Q4: AM : You’re 40-0 and have seen quite a bit in the ring — different fighters, different styles, different settings — does Mosley present anything that you haven’t seen before? FMJ : He’s one hell of a fighter, but I’m not worried about Shane. I’m ready for battle. He’s been beat, but there is no blueprint on how to beat Floyd Mayweather. 40 have tried. 40 have failed. He’ll be 41.
Q5: AM : How do you feel about the general view that Mosley has the same hand speed as you — is that accurate? FMJ : Nobody is faster than me. For everyone out there saying that, I guess we’ll see now won’t we. Only have a few days left to find out.
Q6: AM : He has to be at his best to beat you. Do you have to be at your best to beat him? FMJ : I am the best. There is nobody better than me. When I step in the ring, I bring everything I have.
Q7: AM : Do you think Mosley is past his prime and that he would have been better suited to pick this fight earlier in his career? FMJ : It doesn’t matter. The outcome is going to be the same.
Q8: AM : What effect does it have that he’s changed trainers recently and his father no longer has that duty? You went through something similar in your camp. FMJ : Listen, the trainers don’t fight for you. When you step in that ring it’s just you and one other guy. As much as people like to point to trainers, and ask questions about what they bring to the table, there is only so much they can do. They can’t get in there and fight for you. Shane is going to have to deal with me in that ring.
Q9: AM : What role is your father playing in your camp in preparation for this fight? FMJ : He’s been in the gym with me, really supporting me. It’s been great to have him there.
Q10: AM : Is your preparation for this fight any different to how you trained for Juan Manuel Marquez? FMJ : I don’t adjust my training for any of my opponents. I don’t watch films on my opponents. It doesn’t matter who I face — when I get in there you know the outcome. This fight will be no different.
Q11: AM : Mosley is predicting that your first lost will come on May 1st – what’s your prediction for the fight? FMJ : I am the best fighter in the world, and the best fighter of this era. Tune in May 1st. You’re going to see one hell of a performance.