Thursday, 15 April 2010

Maywether In The Press

LAS VEGAS – A crush of onlookers crowded his path, but Floyd Mayweather Jr. bounded into the ring and glided effortlessly around it. He beamed as he moved, surveying the crush of reporters, photographers, staff members and well-wishers who crowded into his gym a mile or two from where, on May 1 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, he’ll meet Shane Mosley in the biggest fight of his life.
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by By Kevin Iole Yahoo sports

Q&A With Floyd Mayweather Sr.: 'Every Day Is A Blessing'

The father-son feud reportedly lasted for seven years, to the point where Floyd Mayweather Sr. once threatened to train Oscar de la Hoya to defeat his talented offspring, Floyd Mayweather Jr., in the ring.

But the 57-year-old Floyd Sr. is now a permanent part of his son's entourage, and, more importantly, says that he can play the proper role of parent, and, even, grand parent to Floyd Jr.'s four children.

Floyd Sr. will also be ringside on May 1 at The MGM Grand in Las Vegas, when the 33-year-old Floyd Mayweather Jr. (40-0, 25 knockouts) takes on 38-year-old WBA welterweight (147 pounds) champion, Shane Mosley (46-5, 39 KOs) in a highly anticipated bout.

Floyd Sr. spent time with FanHouse for this Q&A.
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Mayweather's Trainer: Floyd is Knocking Shane Mosley Out

Nate Jones, the assistant trainer for Floyd Mayweather Jr., is predicting a knockout win on May 1 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Those who are picking Mayweather to beat Mosley, are picking him to win by decision. Few, if any, are picking Floyd to win the fight with a KO. Jones thinks his fighter can pull it off.

"He's fighting one of the best fighters out there, and knows he has to be in the shape of his life," Jones said to the Los Angeles Times. "He's done it. I predict he's going to knock Mosley out, the way he's hitting and letting his hands go. This is a fight where that can happen."

"He wants to show the world he's the greatest. It took this guy four days to get in shape, and he'll keep training up until about three, four days before the fight. I've told him, ‘Floyd, you're getting scary.' He says, ‘Nate, I gotta beat this [guy].' "

Uncle and head trainer, Roger Mayweather, told the paper his nephew is probably facing the best skilled fighter of his entire pro career.

"This guy's bigger than Marquez, was a good amateur like Floyd, has good hand speed and power," Roger Mayweather told The Times. "I still say [if] we get him in the middle of the ring, we'll get him. There ain't a more skilled fighter in the middle of the ring than my nephew. But Mosley is among the elite my nephew's ever faced....probably the No. 1 guy as far as skill level."



Mayweather may respect Mosley but he shows no worry as fight date approaches

Reporting from Las Vegas
Beyond the perks of massive wealth, national celebrity and his standing as one of the two best boxers in the world, Floyd Mayweather Jr.'s 40-0 record provides him the ability to answer tough questions simply.

Mayweather, 33, had a news conference Wednesday as he continued preparing for his welterweight showdown against Shane Mosley May 1 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Mayweather was asked how this stiff challenge was affecting him.

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Mayweather camp: rematch clause was only a business decision

The lead advisor to Floyd Mayweather Jr. rejects speculation by Shane Mosley's camp that the rematch clause inserted into the fighters' contract could affect Mayweather's effort in their May 1 super-bout.

"It was only put in there [by Mayweather's manager] because it's good business, Floyd didn't even know it was there until later," Mayweather advisor Leonard Ellerbe told The Times.

Mosley's trainer, Naazim Richardson, told The Times recently in Big Bear that the rematch clause may enter Mayweather's mind if Mosley starts winning the early rounds of the pay-per-view fight at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Mayweather is fiercely protective of his unbeaten record -- he's 40-0.

A rematch with Mosley would still generate another likely eight-figure paycheck.

Yet Ellerbe, echoing comments by Mayweather's uncle and trainer, Roger Mayweather, that their fighter intends to showcase his superb boxing skills and win again, explained he and Mayweather's manager pushed for the rematch clause in the case of an accidental ending.

"There could be a cut, a slip, a head butt, a no-contest called," Ellerbe said. "Those things have happened before in boxing. If they do, we're covered. We'll get another fight. That's the only reason it was put in there, not because Floyd was thinking about a loss. He didn't even know it was in there until we told him."

--Lance Pugmire

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