"We got big plans. We gonna get in the ring and shake the dust off and then we got some big plans after that. Of course the first place it's going to be discussed is right here on FightHype...I can only do my part and stay focused and work on my craft. I more look at Floyd Sr. as my manager because that's the one that gave me my skills and is teaching me the science of boxing; so long as I do my part and stay serious, it's all good," stated undefeated lightweight contender Mickey Bey, who talked about his future plans and much more. Check it out!
PC: Mick, Floyd Mayweather Sr. told me you guys had a very productive meeting with Bob Arum regarding your future.
MB: Yeah man, it went excellent. We got big plans. We gonna get in the ring and shake the dust off and then we got some big plans after that. Of course the first place it's going to be discussed is right here on FightHype.
PC: You already know, man. I hung out with you for a couple of days in Vegas. I appreciate the love you showed me, my brother, and the site. You and your fam are good people. We talked a lot out there and you have felt like that diamond I the rough for a while now. How does it feel to seemingly be on the cusp of showing your greatness?
MB: Oh yeah, without a doubt, man. But on my career, like I said man, a lot of mismanagement. One of my managers, we are still cool and close and all, but it just wasn't a good fit. Sometimes you can't mix friendship with business and that's what I did with him. And the other one just had too many fighters; 50 fighters. He just really didn't put me in the right position that a fighter of my caliber should have been in, but like I say, I can only do my part and stay focused and work on my craft. I more look at Floyd Sr. as my manager because that's the one that gave me my skills and is teaching me the science of boxing; so long as I do my part and stay serious, it's all good.
PC: Big Floyd really feels you are his next world champion. You guys put in some tough work and he speaks highly of you. It has to help to have a trainer that has your back like Big Floyd has yours?
MB: Ah man, it's unbelievable. I love Floyd like a father. He taught me a lot about boxing. We click to the point to where it's like we were made for each other. I'm real strong in the spirit world. I know a lot of things. If I wasn't boxing, I would probably be doing something in the spirit world. I already knew something always told me that and this was in '98, I knew he would be my trainer way back then. Most people caught on once Floyd became "Money" Mayweather. I been hip to Floyd Sr. since the 90's. I always knew that was the guy I wanted to train me once I turned pro, and this was before Floyd even became champion. As soon as I turned pro, I reached out to him and our styles clicked. He was perfect for my style.
PC: One thing I learned about you being around you that I didn't know before I met you is that you are a true student of the game. Where did that come from, because you go way back?
MB: Well, I think it was in my blood. It pretty much comes from my ancestors. My grandfather was a fighter. He fought with Ray Robinson and all of those guys. He never turned pro, but he was a Golden Glove champion. He also grew up with Don. Him and Don King were great friends in Cleveland. I actually had a couple of family members in the early 1900's that fought from Oakland, California, and the south. I had family members actually fighting with Jack Johnson and stuff, and I wasn't aware of this until a couple of years ago. I always knew about my grandfather. He died when I was a kid, but he passed the hunger and stuff down to my dad. My dad was a good athlete. He was a good track runner and a state champion as a wrestler. He was just a big fan and when he died, we got his library. Before I even boxed, I was already watching the greats, like Ezzard Charles, Ray Robinsons, Jersey Joe Walcott, Kid Gavilan and guys like that. I liked those guys before I even liked the newer guys. I enjoyed watching the black and white tapes.
PC: A guy you knew since you guys were amateurs, and we talked a lot about him and you praised him, was Lamont Peterson. Just days after we talked about him, he was cited with a positive PED test. You say there is no way, right?
MB: Ah man, it's one thing you just asked me about studying the game. When I study the game, I look at character and stuff outside of the ring and know the story behind the person and everything. One thing about Lamont he is one of the most honest guys you will ever meet. Anybody that knows Lamont and knows him well knows Lamont won't cheat in Monopoly. And I will vouch for that. It's like I was telling you, Lamont is a slick boxer, but he's got the mentality of like Arturo Gatti. The dude loves the sport. My brother used to stay with them in DC and train with them and Lamont was training on Sunday. He was just working out and drinking Gatorade. Lamont is not the kind of guy that will cheat because he doesn't mind taking a loss. He just wants to fight. He loves the sport. I remember Barry Hunter didn't even want my brother Cortez to take a protein shake after training a few years ago because he said he didn't know what was in it. He definitely needs to be vindicated. He's the one that asked for the tests, so people really need to look into that. Why would he ask for the tests, pass all of the random tests where someone randomly showed up to test him, and fail the scheduled test? That doesn't make any sense. Of course Khan n'em gonna say this and that because he lost to Lamont and he want to get his revenge, but common sense will tell you that if you asked for the tests, you obviously want a fair fight and want to make a statement in the game to make sure everything is on an even playing field. Lamont is the last guy and I will vouch for him harder than anybody when it comes to stuff like that. If you asked me to name 3 of the most honest fighters in the world, of course I would include myself, but I would also have Lamont in there. He's not trying to stay undefeated or avoid a loss. That dude is just a fighter and he wouldn't cheat to stay a champion. I was proud of him when he won that title. There ain't too many guys in this game that deserve it more than he does. He didn't beat some bums like a lot of these guys beat. He got it the hard way, so I was happy to hear that he was getting this payday and everything and I'm sure it will come back around. But like I say, at the end of the day, they do the right thing and they good people. Not even just Lamont, but I know Barry and he is like an uncle to me and I know everything about these guys in and out of the ring, and the word cheating and Lamont Peterson don't even go together. That don't even sound right.