"Camp has been going great. I feel good and all of the hard work is done. I'm ready to do the easy work Friday... I expect for him to try and put up a good fight. I'm sure he coming to win. That won't happen, but I think I will get some competition out of him for a few rounds. I will pick him apart after that, but I'm just looking for a tough fight out of him. That's about all he got is toughness, but you can't measure that up against skill and science," stated undefeated lightweight contender Mickey Bey, who talked about his upcoming return to the ring this Friday to face Robert Frankel on Friday Night Fights. Check out what else he had to say.
PC: The big fight is Friday night on ESPN. How was camp and how do you feel?
MB: Camp has been going great. I feel good and all of the hard work is done. I'm ready to do the easy work Friday.
PC: Robert Frankel has a ton of experience and has fought a lot of big name guys. What kind of fight are you expecting for him to put up?
MB: Like you said, he got a lot of experience. He's never fought a guy like me, but he's fought some tough guys. I expect for him to try and put up a good fight. I'm sure he coming to win. That won't happen, but I think I will get some competition out of him for a few rounds. I will pick him apart after that, but I'm just looking for a tough fight out of him. That's about all he got is toughness, but you can't measure that up against skill and science.
PC: Was Hank Lundy's fight last week an eye-opener to you or you don't even think about being upset because of the work you put in?
MB: That guy Hank Lundy fought, I didn't even see the fight actually, but Lundy had a lot of rocky fights. I didn't get to see the fight, but the guy he was fighting was a pretty good fighter, just like the guy I'm fighting, but I don't have one of those potty mouths like a lot of guys got. I believe in putting in the work and talking with my hands. I think he kind of dug a whole talking about Adrien Broner this and that, and he ended up coming up short. I don't worry about that though; we are in two different classes. Like I have said before, I just had management problems, which kept me from being an elite fighter up to this point, but my time is coming now. The world will see that there is another great fighter out there with me being on the big stage.
PC: Now that you will have the attention of the big stage, what are some of the things you want to showcase on that stage?
MB: The science. A lot of guys get away from the science. I don't even think people know what that actually means. I got an old school style; hit and not get hit and thinking everything out. That's one of the keys. Actually, I'm going into this fight like I'm fighting Pacquiao. I don't underestimate. I mean, this guy can fight. He got a pulse and bleeds through similar veins as me and Pacquiao and everybody else. He got two hands, so I don't overlook him, but I know the science and that's what Floyd taught me. You gotta be taught. I know the Sweet Science and that's what I been taught by my trainer and I'm gonna show a lot of what I've been learning.
PC: You are not only coming off of a bit of a layoff, but you are coming off of some hand issues. How are you feeling physically with the hand and mentally from the layoff?
MB: My hands, man, they are good as they have been in over 2 years. I'm very happy about that. All I ask for is my health really; just in life. I'm feeling real good. Weight is not a problem. I'm used to fighting a little lighter than I'm fighting now, so my weight is comfortable.
PC: Is the hand 100% okay or something that is in the back of your mind?
MB: That's crazy you brought it up because honestly, this is the first time it hasn't been. I always try to block it out, but it's tough to block out when you get in the fight and in the 1st round, you can't use it anymore throughout the fight. I haven't had a problem with it in a long time, so it's not even in the back of my mind. That's really why I can't wait until this Friday to be able to have two guns and showcase a lot of things like I say, the Science; showcase a lot of moves, defensive and offensive in there.
PC: How important is it for you to not only win this fight, but win it impressively?
MB: Ah, it's very important because it's all about entertainment and it's what's expected from a fighter of my caliber. On top of winning, putting on a show is definitely important.
PC: I know you mentioned fighting a couple of times this year. Is that still the plan after Friday night?
MB: Yeah, hopefully a title fight. Whenever Floyd say I'm sharp and I'm ready, I pretty much go off of his word because Floyd ain't gonna bullshit you at all; you know that about Floyd. He just told me man, "No way you shouldn't have a title." And that's what we sat down with our promoter about, so by the end of the year, I should be getting a title shot, but you know, first things first Friday. I gotta beat this guy Friday and then I'm sure we will get something good lined up next.
PC: What has the anticipation been like for you to get your managerial problems intact and your hand intact and now you can finally get back to do what you love to do?
MB: The main thing really, I would have rather it be me than other things like attorneys and managers that had their own personal agendas for me, and it held me back. I would have rather it been me not being so disciplined and doing my job instead of like an attorney, because they don't want to deal with a certain manager; they cut my throat or a manager brings me to a promoter that doesn't make sense versus a top promoter. And then, when I didn't want to sign the contract, it's like, "Okay, we gonna slap him on the hand and show him we can sit him on the shelf if he don't want to do what I say and let me make my money by bringing him to a certain promoter." They didn't let me go to the best manager in boxing. It's just been crazy Percy. As a matter of fact, when this fight over, I'm gonna say a lot. I'm gonna tell you exactly what happened with names in it.
PC: Fasho. Well best of luck to you on Friday night, man. I want to start letting you zone in to the task at hand. Is there anything else you want to add?
MB: Nah, man. Thanks Percy.