Hype recently did an interview with Floyd and a few regular posters took some cheap shots at the interview as being too soft. I was one and I'm sorry. The only reason I made the comment (see other thread) was because I was trying to be funny. Hype phrased a bunch of hypothetical questions that the board could have asked him about the interview but didn't, and so I thought it would be funny to phrase a question in the same spirit that Hype's hypothetical questions were phrased but with a sarcastic twist.
The truth is that I think it's very cool that Hype has access to the biggest star in the sport. That said, Floyd's interviews almost always suck because he's either too in love with himself (and interviewers allow him to get away with it) or he's too defensive. Given the very low bar on all Floyd interviews, I'd say that Hype's interview was about as good as we could expect. Obviously if Hype asked any hard hitting questions about Floyd's legal situation (or Roger') the interview would be over. Just for fun I've come up with a few questions that I would actually like to know Floyd's thoughts on:
1. Roger seems convinced that the Pac-Marg fight is fixed. Knowing Arum as well as you do and knowing boxing as well as you do, do you think there's even a slight possibility that Roger is right? Do you really think that in this day and age that Bob Arum would be willing to risk his career by fixing a fight between Pac and Marg? How about Pac's fight with Clottey. Did that look fixed to you? Can you understand why so many fans are convinced that it was? And if you do think it's possible that the Pac-Clottey fight was fixed, what does that say about the state of boxing today?
2. Do you think it's possible that a professional fighter like Marg could somehow be unaware that he had plaster in his wraps. If not, should Marg even be allowed to fight again in the US? If so, and if he ko's Pac, would you consider fighting him?
3. Do you think the sanctioning bodies are controlled by the promoters? If so, what do you think should be done about it?
4. Does boxing need a commissioner? If so, who would be your first choice?
5. MMA has been an incredible success and some say that it will be the end of boxing. What are your thoughts on the subject?
6. A lot of fans have no idea how much money the fighters actually make in a big PPV event. You obviously do and obviously you can't say specifically how much as I'm sure that every boxer has a different deal with HBO depending on his market value. But roughly speaking, is it fair to say that the boxers and the promoters get AT LEAST HALF of the PPV buy money. In other words, if there is 1MM PPV buys at $50 a pop, the cable companies and HBO are going to take their pieces, but do the fighters and promoters still get to keep at least $25MM of that?
7. Three years ago if you had been asked about a possible Pac-Marg matchup, what would you have thought? What do you think today?
8. What's more impressive/fishy to you about Pac's rise from 106 to 150, his ability to carry his speed and punching power up to the higher weight classes or his ability to take a punch at the higher weight classes?
9. A lot of people find it fishy that even though Pac got ko'd twice at 112, he was able to take Cotto's best shots at 145. Do you think the fact that he got ko'd twice at 112 is relevant in any way in a discussion concerning his possible steroid use?
9. What do you think about the idea of the 168 pound tournament on Showtime? How would Lucien Bute fair against Ward, Abraham, or Froch?
10. Most on the Fighthype board think that Antonio Tarver is doing an excellent job as commentator at Showtime. What's your opinion on him as a commentator? How about as a HW? Do you think he has the power or skills to be a serious threat to either Klit?
11. Outside of yourself, who's your favorite fighter today?
12. According to the Real Estate website Zillow.com, 1 in 29 homes in Las Vegas is in foreclosure and 74% of all mortgages are underwater. Has the market hit bottom? If so, are you investing in rental properties?