"A lot of these guys now don't have balls no more, man. They ain't got it. You gotta go back in my time, man, when dudes would fight. Even Sugar Ray Leonard, you understand me. People was fucking him up, and Ali, people was fucking him up, and them guys some kind of way fought through it. The only one quit, and I would take back talking about him quitting, is Roberto Duran. That night, he just wasn't...I have to give an exception to Duran because Duran...you can't say nothing about Duran because Duran was a bad motherfucker. So you gotta make an exception for him," stated world-class trainer Floyd Mayweather Sr., who shared his thoughts Chad Dawson's loss to Andre Ward and his opinion on the differences between fighters today compared to when he fought. Check it out!
PC: How are you doing Big Floyd? You sound good my man.
FM: Man, I feel real good, man. My Sarcoidosis is pretty much gone, man. They had this woman from LA give me some herbal stuff and since I drunk that stuff, I mean, the next day man, I woke up and I felt real good, man. I'm ready to go. She gave Roger some too. Roger had took it before, so he gave me a gallon of his and man, I'm telling you Percy, I feel good, man.
PC: That's real good to hear. You sound a lot better. You back doing your pushups and situps?
FM: Oh yeah, you better believe it. I even been running a little bit too. I haven't been overdoing it, but I have been running a little bit. I don't cough no more at all, man. I gotta get some more of that stuff. I got just a little bit left, but I haven't touched it in 3 weeks or so. I used to be scared to wake up, man. I ain't lying man, because I knew when I got up, I was just going to be coughing, but that's over with now, man. I feel good.
PC: I have been talking to a lot of old school fighters lately and wanted to get your thoughts on some of them. When you fought, you were a pure boxer, Roger was a good puncher, and Floyd of course is a great boxer. I was talking to someone and it's funny because most big punchers back then couldn't really take a good shot.
FM: That's very true. If you take Roger, either he would get you or you would get him. That's just how those guys fought. They can punch hard as hell, but a lot of them couldn't take it. Terry Norris, Julian Jackson, Fernando Vargas...hit him on the jaw or chin and see what happens. A lot of them, man, even Tommy Hearns. Tommy could punch like a son of a bitch, but he never had the best chin in the world either.
PC: One of the rare exceptions was George Foreman. He could dish it and take it.
FM: Oh yeah, well, you always gonna have exceptions to the rule. George damn sure give a lot and take a lot. But George Foreman was just a big, strong, tough motherfucker. They don't make 'em like that too much. He was an exception to the rule. It's not all of them. But most of them guys that could punch can't take one.
PC: You said Andre Ward could probably stop Chad Dawson and you were spot on with that prediction.
FM: Man, look here man, I told you. I already told you; it's clear as white. The best he has ever looked was with Floyd "Joy" Mayweather Sr. He ain't looked that good sense. He ain't no fucking fighter, and you know why?
PC: Why is that?
FM: Did you see when me and Leonard fought?
FM: Man, look here man, he quit when he could still fight. He quit when he could still fight. Motherfucker ain't got no fucking balls, man. He ain't got no balls, man; you could forget that. Anytime you see a guy quit like that...you ain't never fucking seen me quit. A lot of these guys now don't have balls no more, man. They ain't got it. You gotta go back in my time, man, when dudes would fight. Even Sugar Ray Leonard, you understand me. People was fucking him up, and Ali, people was fucking him up, and them guys some kind of way fought through it. The only one quit, and I would take back talking about him quitting, is Roberto Duran. That night, he just wasn't...I have to give an exception to Duran because Duran...you can't say nothing about Duran because Duran was a bad motherfucker. So you gotta make an exception for him. Duran knocked down Barkley and guys way bigger than him. He fought a lot of big guys. Duran was an exception to the rule.
PC: And Duran didn't quit because he was getting an ass whoopin'; he quit more due to frustration.
FM: That's all that was. When he fought Leonard, Duran wanted to fight and Leonard wanted to run and wind up and do all that stuff. That's why Duran just quit. He wasn't dealing with that that night. He ain't quit because Leonard was just dominating him like that. If they would have fought, see, Duran wanted Leonard to fight like he did the first time, toe-to-toe and flat-footed. Duran wasn't having all of that shit with Leonard shuffling and winding up and all of that shit. Duran wanted to fight. That motherfucker was tough...real tough!
PC: Did you ever want to fight someone and never got the chance to fight them?
FM: Um...you know, my thing is man, I really wanted to have a comeback fight with Leonard. I don't think he would have gave me one, but when we fought, my hand was messed up. I had a hairline fracture in my hand. I wanted to fight him on even grounds because I know he can't whoop me on even grounds. I don't even worry about that. But I had got shot and by the time I wanted to have a comeback fight, he said he didn't want to get hit upside of the head no more, so he was really done fighting.
PC: You didn't get to retire on your own terms. You had to go out after being shot and your leg just never recovered correctly.
FM: Yeah, I had to go out, man. I had to. But Percy, I gotta go; my fighter getting ready to punch the bag now.
PC: Oh okay, do your thing man. Hit me back when you are free.
FM: I will check back with you Percy.
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