"It was ridiculous what kind of credit they were giving the other guy for doing nothing. Of course that type of nonsense should stop, but it's not going to stop. This guy must have some kind of deal with them or something. I noticed how quickly they turned on Floyd when he left...they are just so blatantly biased to the fighter that is signed with them, or the guy that is supposed to win, that it's ridiculous," stated world-class trainer Jeff Mayweather, who shared his thoughts on HBO's commentating team, Ward vs. Kovalev II, Berto vs. Porter, and much more. Check it out!
PC: There has been a lot of complaints about judging and officiating lately in boxing. A lot of people feel even when they get the right fighter winning, some of the scorecards are just way off. How do you view this and do you think it's something that can be fixed?
JM: Boxing is going to be boxing forever. As long as this sport is here and after we are dead and gone, boxing is still going to be here and it won't be done changed that much. The thing about it is no matter how much you try to change it, some things ain't going to never be changed, so why complain about it? There is always going to be bad decisions. Most cases, the guy that's favored most of the time, he's going to win. He got a deal with the network or something, chances are he's going to win. Even the fight with Michael Hunter, I thought Michael Hunter won the first 4 rounds of the fight and it was ridiculous what kind of credit they were giving the other guy for doing nothing. Of course that type of nonsense should stop, but it's not going to stop. This guy must have some kind of deal with them or something. I noticed how quickly they turned on Floyd when he left. First Floyd was the greatest thing since cold ice cream, but as soon as he left and went to Showtime, he didn't even make Jim Lampley's pound-for-pound list. So you telling me when he left the network, he forgot how to fight? Everything Floyd did was nothing when he left, but when he was with them, he was the greatest thing ever. And to be honest, it didn't matter if he was with your network or not; with your network, he still was the best because that never changed.
PC: With the exception of Roy Jones, it's been hard to listen to the HBO commentary team.
JM: They have became to the point that they are just so blatantly biased to the fighter that is signed with them, or the guy that is supposed to win, that it's ridiculous. Like I said, I thought Michael [Hunter] won the first 4 rounds and I thought he won them easy. That dude [Oleksandr Usyk] didn't even do nothing until after the 4th round. And the whole time, Harold Lederman is saying, "This guy is this, this guy is that," and I still hadn't seen nothing yet. Now, don't get me wrong, he did come around and proved himself to be the better fighter. I understand that, but at the same time, judge the fight for what it really is; don't judge the fight based on what this guy is supposed to do or who he is supposed to be.
PC: Before I let you go, I gotta let you talk about King Mo and his revenge win against Rampage Jackson after 3 years of waiting for a rematch. I'm sure you were happy to see him get that win.
JM: First of all, I'm extremely, extremely happy that Mo has finally got the break that he has been waiting for all of these years. I mean, not only Rampage, but Phil Davis and the second fight with Emanuel Newton. It seems like almost every big fight that Mo was involved in, they robbed him, so it was great to see the man that was supposed to get his hand raised get his hand raised. I was glad that I was a part of it. I basically told Mo, "I miss training you. I miss being down there in camp with you," and he said, "Come on down!" So I went down to Florida and did my little part and it was great. It was great all the way around. And even Rampage came and gave Mo kind of a backhanded compliment (laughing). But he still gave him a compliment. He walked up to me and we took a picture together and he said, "Yeah, that's the first time yo ass ever fought me like a damn man." It's like, "Okay!" I mean, he had to fight you like a damn man, you outweighed him by 40 damn pounds. And that's the thing with Mo, Mo don't care about challenges. You can be bigger than him, you can be faster than him; what's on that check? Mo is one of them rare breeds that, don't get me wrong, Mo's people is kind of critical about that, but at the end of the day, that's what it's about. No one wants to fight for nothing and father time catches up with everyone. So he can't do it forever and he understands that better than most.
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