"I'm looking for a lot more excitement from Adrien Broner. He seems to be the next coming up a real great fighter. He's moving up in weight, and every time he moves up, he's more exciting. He looks real good. I'm looking for Marquez to maybe have one, maybe two more fights before he calls it a career. I'm looking for the greatest fighter that we have in our generation, Floyd Mayweather," stated world-class trainer Eddie Mustafa Muhammad, who talked about his expectations for the upcoming new year of boxing. Check out what else he had to say!
PC: How is it going Eddie?
EMM: Everything is going real smooth. Just kicking back on a nice afternoon in Vegas and just had a nice breakfast with Chad Dawson and his family and everything is lovely.
PC: Good deal. A lot going on in the world of boxing lately, so let me get your thoughts on some of the happenings. I watched Cunningham/Adamek and I think as long as we have judges who are up in age, a pure boxer doesn't stand a chance in a close fight. What are your thoughts on the reversal from draw to split decision win for Adamek?
EMM: That is correct. You gotta realize one thing, and I will always stick to my guns with this, boxing is and always will be corrupt. It always will be corrupt. Where there is an ample amount of money to be made in boxing, it will always be corrupt. I will stick to my guns with that.
PC: Whether you had Adamek or Cunningham winning a close decision, to let a judge basically reach through the ropes and change his scorecard on national television is embarrassing.
EMM: Very much so, and that's an embarrassment to the Pennsylvania Athletic Commission. That is very embarrassing. It was on national TV where millions of people got a chance to see firsthand how corrupt boxing is. I thought Steve Cunningham won a very close fight. He used a great jab and showed great boxing ability and lateral movement. He did a great job in out-boxing Tomasz Adamek.
PC: Yes, I think scoring jabs and counter punching is a lost art and they just score aggression and the guy coming forward, because I thought Adamek was sloppy at times trying to land the one big shot.
EMM: That is correct, he did look sloppy at times. He was off. His corner was good. You can hear them telling him to turn it up a little bit. Roger Bloodworth is a great trainer. I respect him, but his charge didn't adhere to what he wanted his fighter to do. Roger was telling him all of the right things to do and it just seemed like Adamek couldn't get off. Cunningham took advantage of that. They had a great game plan. Brother Naazim Richardson had a great game plan and just worked it to perfection. But again, the bottom line is how many tickets does Steve Cunningham sell and how many tickets did Adamek sell? That's all you gotta look at.
PC: When I see the way that Manny Pacquiao was knocked out, and not just him but several fighters over the years, and they announce that he is still fighting right after the knockout, it makes me respect you even more because you said whether it was your first fight or 50th fight, once you got stopped, you would retire and you stayed true to that promise you made to yourself. How were you able to stay to that and why is it so difficult for other fighters to do the same?
EMM: For the simple reason they will miss the roar of the crowd and people asking for autographs. When you are in a boxing atmosphere, you are treated very well. They miss the big press conferences and all that. I don't miss that. I'm happy enjoying my kids, my grandkids, and my great grandkids. I like to hear the roar of their voices when we are having a good time together. That's what sets me apart from boxing.
PC: Very few fighters get the lights put out the way Marquez stopped Pacquiao. What are the next steps that you feel should be taken with Manny?
EMM: The first steps that they should take is to go to a neurologist because he was out cold. He was out before he hit the ground. He ran into the punch, so you got force against force. He ran into the punch and he was asleep before he hit the ground. Another person that reminds me of is when Mike Weaver knocked out Big John Tate. His whole body was dead before he hit the ground. That's close to death when you go out like that. Another guy that was stopped like that was when the former welterweight champion, who was a great fighter, he is in a wheelchair now [Paul Williams], got hit with a shot by the middleweight champion Martinez and he was out cold before he hit the ground. When you get knocked out like that, that game is over! What they should do is take away all licenses because that was a bad knockout.
PC: A lot of names emerged in 2012. Who do you look forward to seeing more of in 2013?
EMM: I'm looking for a lot more excitement from Adrien Broner. He seems to be the next coming up a real great fighter. He's moving up in weight, and every time he moves up, he's more exciting. He looks real good. I'm looking for Marquez to maybe have one, maybe two more fights before he calls it a career. I'm looking for the greatest fighter that we have in our generation, Floyd Mayweather, who is looking to have two or three more fights before he calls it a career, because he have gave us a lot of chills and thrills and to this day, he is still the best fighter in the world today.
PC: You just said something very interesting, because when you named Floyd Mayweather and Juan Manuel Marquez, like you said, it's obvious they don't have long left in the sport, but guys like Broner and Danny Garcia will replace them. When you were coming to the end of your career, did you see the next wave of great fighters or did you think you guys were leaving a void in the game?
EMM: Oh, that's without a doubt. Because listen, I never considered myself anybody's stepping stone. I knew when it was time to leave. I had offers to fight Evander HolyfieldÂ…this was after I got stopped. Like I said, the first time I ever got stopped, that would be the last fight of my whole career and I stuck to my word on that.
PC: It's always good catching up. I'm glad to hear things are going well. Is there anything else you want to say?
EMM: Look out for Chad Dawson. That's all I gotta say!
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