"With Floyd, I feel that it would be a little different, and this is why I feel that. I've never been one of these guys to get hit with 2 or 3 shots at a time. Let's face it, he ain't throwing combinations like that. I mean, I feel that I have enough ability to make him miss, frustrate him, and that's going to be my prayer...I think that Floyd is basically the same fighter, but obviously a lot better because of the experience, because of the fights he's been in, and the guys he's beat. Floyd's a great fighter. He can dance better than anybody in the game; anybody in the game. To me, that sparring session was just a sparring session," stated undefeated former lightweight champion Paul Spadafora, who shared his thoughts on the infamous sparring session he had with undefeated pound-for-pound champion Floyd Mayweather years ago and how he thinks a real fight with him would pan out if they faced each other today. Check it out!
BT: Obviously the ultimate goal for you or anyone around the welterweight division is a big fight with Floyd Mayweather or Manny Pacquiao. Hypothetically, if both of those fights were ever presented to you, which one would you prefer to have?
PS: This is just me being a fighter and me trying to keep it real with myself. That Manny Pacquiao pace doesn't suit me as well as a boxing pace. Pacquiao's going to stay busy. Bop, bop, bop, bop, bop, bop, bop. It's like, damn, he needs to chill the fuck out. I'm trying to put him on the pimp game and relax him, and he's going to be bop, bop, bop, bop. You know, I'm going to have to really have my boxing game up. Like Pernell says, I'm really going to have to box. With Floyd, I feel that it would be a little different, and this is why I feel that. I've never been one of these guys to get hit with 2 or 3 shots at a time. Let's face it, he ain't throwing combinations like that. I mean, I feel that I have enough ability to make him miss, frustrate him, and that's going to be my prayer, because ain't no one going to go out there and box with Floyd. Who's gonna do that?
I feel that I have to get him frustrated. I'm white, he ain't gonna like when he starts missing me, he might get salty as hell, and then if shit gets in his mind, next thing you know, there goes a round for me, there goes a round for me. Now next thing you know, he's mad as fuck, and then the fight's over. That's my prayer. That's my way of beating him, you know what I'm saying. I'm gonna keep it real, if the dude says, "Listen, check this out, I'm going to go out here and box this white motherfucker to death," I'm going to have some trouble; real trouble. I'd rather fight Pacquiao. But I feel that, on the strength he's going to be like, "I'm going to go disrespect this dude. I'm going to run through him," I feel that that's impossible.
BT: Obviously you've been in the ring with Floyd before. Everybody knows about the infamous sparring session you had with him. What were your thoughts when that video started surfacing out there, and when you look back at that, how much do you think Floyd has changed since then? When you see Floyd fight now, do you notice anything different in his abilities now compared to back then?
PS: I think that Floyd is basically the same fighter, but obviously a lot better because of the experience, because of the fights he's been in, and the guys he's beat. Floyd's a great fighter. He can dance better than anybody in the game; anybody in the game. To me, that sparring session was just a sparring session. Let me tell you something, I spar with these kids, sometimes I come in here on a bad day, spar with somebody who's 5-0, and this motherfucker will get down on you. I don't take...I'm a real dude; that sparring ain't nothing. I was like, I couldn't believe the next day, they had that shit out there and people were all like blah, blah, blah, blah. I was kind of embarrassed for myself. That, to me, is like real corny what they did with the sparring session.
BT: Well look man, I hear you taking care of business in the gym and I don't want to hold you up any longer. We're definitely gonna get you on the site a lot more though. Before I let you go, is there anything else you want to say in closing?
PS: All I want to do Ben, listen, on everything I love, man, on everything, on my son, all I want to do before I leave this earth is fight the best in the world. I don't want no one to say, "Well Paul didn't fight this guy. He was protected." It ain't me. I didn't protect myself. I want to fight whoever they say is the best and I want to see if I can beat them. The money thing, I swear on everything I love, yeah, it's great to get a big payday like that, but if Jesus comes down here today and says, "Okay Paul, you're going to fight Humberto Toledo and you're going to make 50 thousand dollars, and then you're going to fight Floyd Mayweather and you're going to make 1 million dollars, but this is going to be your last fight and then it's over," I promise you I'm going to fight the Mayweather fight. Any of these guys.