"Well, Floyd is a perfectionist, but not really to me because I plan for them all to end early. I'm ready to go 10 or 12 rounds, but you know Floyd is old school throwback. He was happy for me to get the knockout, but I know what he means. He basically just wants me to stay busy. Ricky was just the name off the top of my head, but just staying busy is the key. I look at that as somebody that would be a good match right away. But anybody though, really. As long as we are in the ring staying busy, it's all good," stated lightweight contender Mickey Bey, who talked about his impressive KO victory this past weekend, his future plans, and much more. Check it out!
PC: Congratulations on the highlight reel knockout over Robert Rodriguez. How did it feel to get back in there after the year-long layoff?
MB: Thanks, man! I finally got over the politics and got a chance to get back in there and put my talents out there. It was good to be able to perform with a great team.
PC: Did you expect that level of aggression that Rodriguez brought to the table or was that somewhat surprising to you? Like you said in the post-fight, he came to win and not just lay down for sure.
MB: I never really checked into exactly who he was, but people were telling me he was a tough fight; especially to be coming back. I look at everybody the same. If anybody show up to fight, they pretty much coming to win. Nothing is a gimme; you gotta take it in there. But yeah, I was surprised how he came right out and I didn't know he was that tall. He was probably closer to 6 feet. He had some nice height on him.
PC: You set everything up off of the jab, but you were coming with a hard right hand to the body. The left side of his body was pretty beat up from it. Was that to get him focused on the right hand and set up the left hook or did you just want to break his body down?
MB: Yeah, I was breaking him down and it was open. When I'm in there, I can see openings very well and I saw that it was open, so I had to touch it. I had to let him know I saw it. I think it kind of broke him down and made him rethink things a little bit.
PC: Given the amount of time off, you looked focused and sharp. How did you feel in there and how were your nerves leading up to coming out?
MB: I felt good. I was excited to be in there. We talk all the time, man, and you always keep track and know what I'm doing outside of the ring and it's mainly honing my skills and staying sharp. That's the key. I stay in great shape, but not only that, of course I have a great teacher, so I'm perfecting all year. Anytime I was out, I was actually jut perfecting the art of boxing. That's why you couldn't really tell that I hadn't been fighting, but of course I'm going to be even sharper for my next one.
PC: It was almost like you looked down at his body and any little feint you gave, he reacted and that was just enough to loop the hook over. You caught him with that same punch 3 times in a row. Talk us through the knockout.
MB: I can see those openings fast, even if it's just for a few seconds. My timing was good, and that's surprising because I have been inactive, but like I said, I have been working hard. To get that punch off, I saw it and was able to land it as soon as I saw it open. I was seeing when he made the mistake and I was able to react on it real fast because my timing was good.
PC: You named Ricky Burns as someone you would like to face. Big Floyd said he would like to see you get more rounds. What is the plan from here?
MB: Well, Floyd is a perfectionist, but not really to me because I plan for them all to end early. I'm ready to go 10 or 12 rounds, but you know Floyd is old school throwback. He was happy for me to get the knockout, but I know what he means. He basically just wants me to stay busy. Ricky was just the name off the top of my head, but just staying busy is the key. I look at that as somebody that would be a good match right away. But anybody though, really. As long as we are in the ring staying busy, it's all good.
PC: A lot of people looked at you as strictly a boxer. You explained after the fight that you can punch as well, but you just haven't been able to showcase it because of the circumstances in which you were taking fights.
MB: See, people don't understand what was going on behind the scenes. I didn't get to prepare because everything was short notice and a lot of times, I was forced to fight with injuries because I wasn't getting help financially. I would go in there with a fractured hand and fight a fight a lot of people don't know. One time, I fought with both hands fractured. Luckily, it wasn't a loss. It was a draw, which a lot of people thought I won. I actually fought 6 rounds with 2 broken hands. It was an 8-rounder and I broke them in the beginning of the 3rd, and that was just to pay the bills. I didn't have any help financially at that time. If I had to fight with one hand, then I just had to win with one hand. It was dangerous, but that's why you see a few decisions on my record; short notice and injuries. I just ignored it and went in there and got the win.
PC: How did it feel to not only score the spectacular knockout, but to also do it in front of Floyd Mayweather?
MB: That was the best I felt since I been a professional. I got a real support team that's really for me and my best interest. It was just a weight off of my back and I couldn't wait for the bell to ring just to perform. I couldn't ask for a better team and a better situation. I'm excited for what's next and for the future.
PC: Floyd said he didn't want to go in the ring with you because he wanted that to be your moment. I'm sure you spoke to him afterwards. What are some of the things he told you?
MB: He was pleased that I didn't show the rust and how composed I was and how sharp I was. He was talking about my defense, but of course my teacher is his dad, so that's gonna be there. He was pleased with what he saw. Sometimes he looks for different things in a fighter and he liked my intelligence in there and how I didn't get hit much and was picking my shots was the main thing that he liked.
PC: You said before the fight that you would deliver some old school boxing and you did. You jabbed to the body a lot, held on the inside when you didn't want to fight there, and got off on the outside, which was your advantage because of your jab. Is that what fans can become accustomed to seeing from you?
MB: That's it. You gonna see it all. I can fight a different fight every match. You can't really study me because I'll fight a different fight in every match according to who I am fighting. I can do it all and fans can look forward to seeing a melting pot; a little bit of everything because in some fights, you might see a little bit more of banging. You never gonna see me taking a lot of hits because you gonna see a whole lot of stuff from the 50's, 60's, 70's and 80's; from that era. That's what my trainer came up on. He's a teacher that comes back from the Joe Louis and Sugar Ray Robinson days.
PC: Again, great comeback fight. You looked good in there my man. Is there anything you want to say before I let you go; anyone to thank?
MB: Of course I wanna thank FightHype for feeding people the news and keeping everybody updated on what's going on with me throughout the trials and tribulations. I definitely want to thank all of the fans and everybody that tuned in. I want to thank my training team, Floyd Sr., Wilson "Honey Boy" Smith, and Lamar Austin. They all put time in with me in the gym every day and help Big Floyd out with me. I gotta thank Floyd and Leonard Ellerbe and Dejuan Blake. They are all Mayweather Promotions and they made everything smooth for me so I can enjoy the camp and enjoy the fight.
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