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FLOYD MAYWEATHER: "I DON'T THINK SHANE REALLY HAS TOO MUCH LEFT"

By Ben Thompson | January 28, 2011
FLOYD MAYWEATHER:

"I don't think Shane really has too much left at 39. I take my hat off to Shane for being a tough competitor; he's a future Hall of Famer, but I think he was in a grueling fight with me. It was a very tough fight for him. From the outside looking in, people didnt realize how tough of a fight it was with me, but it was a tough fight for him. I think that was his last hurrah...Shane is a great guy and I wish him nothing but the best in his fight. He's an American, so do I want to see him win? Absolutely. But we can never say what's going to happen in the heat of battle," stated undefeated pound-for-pound king Floyd Mayweather, who shared more of his thoughts on a number of subjects in part 2 of this exclusive interview. You don't want to miss what else he had to say about Shane Mosley, Manny Pacquiao's move to Showtime, and much more. Check it out!

If you missed part 1 of this exclusive interview with Floyd Mayweather, click here.

BT: Do you think that they picked Shane Mosley on purpose because they're hoping to outshine your performance against him?

FM: I don't think Shane really has too much left at 39. I take my hat off to Shane for being a tough competitor; he's a future Hall of Famer, but I think he was in a grueling fight with me. It was a very tough fight for him. From the outside looking in, people didnt realize how tough of a fight it was with me, but it was a tough fight for him. I think that was his last hurrah.

BT: He definitely looked like he was in survival mode.

FM: Absolutely.

BT: Immediately after the Pacquiao-Margarito fight, Bob Arum swore up and down that a fight with you was their first priority and the fight that they wanted to make. Did you ever hear from Bob Arum? Did you, Al Haymon, or anyone from your side ever get contacted from anyone from their side?

FM: Al Haymon is my go-to guy. We didn't hear anything from Bob Arum. What people must understand, there's no stopping me, Al Haymon, and HBO together.

BT: Well Bob made it sound like he didn't know if he should be contacting Al or Don King.

FM: I think Don King is a great guy. We talk frequently, but Don understands that  I'm my own boss, and I'm free to talk to whoever I want to talk to. So if Don King wants to be involved, is it possible? Absolutely it's possible. We can never say what is or what is not possible. Don King has never disrespected me, always treated me with the utmost respect, always treated me like a gentleman, and always talked to me in a respectful manner. For the fighters that worked with Don King in the past that talk bad about Don because their paperwork wasn't together or they didn't have an Al Haymon in their life or in their corner, that's their problem. The best move that Floyd Mayweather has ever made in his boxing career was joining forces with Al Haymon.

BT: Now Shane just joined forces with your old boy, J. Prince.

FM: Shane is entitled to do whatever he wanna do. I just tell any fighter that's reading this interview right now, or any entertainer, when it comes to business, there's nobody better than Al Haymon, he's the best hands down. I think that right after the '96 Olympic games, I should've been with Al Haymon.

BT: Uh oh. Al was slippin' on you (laughing).

FM: Al never slips. Al is my best friend.

BT: So as far as the fight is concerned though, the man to contact is Al Haymon, right? Bob Arum is just blowin' smoke; he knows who to call, right?

FM: Nobody has reached out. After the first negotiations didn't come through, nobody reached out to Al.

Manny Pacquico has the worst contract in sports history. He's signed to two different companies, Top Rank Promotions and Golden Boy Promotions. 27 or 30 percent  is divided between Top Rank and Golden Boy. I'm not sure what he pays his management team, but Freddie Roach is getting 15 or 20 percent, so that's over 40 percent of his money gone right there.

When it's all said and done, I got to be doing something right because still nobody does numbers like Floyd Mayweather. The proof is in the pudding. You go look at Manny Pacquiao's numbers with Marquez; in two fights, I've done more numbers than what they've done in two fights. Look at the De La Hoya fight. I did one million more homes than what they did.

BT: Well you know they're going to try to beat the numbers that you did with Shane. You know that Manny jumped ship from HBO and is doing the pay-per-view on Showtime with CBS marketing the fight, right?

FM: All I have to say is that I'm loyal to HBO. I can't believe Bob Arum and Manny Pacquiao's camp would cut HBO out.

BT: So what do you think about Shane's chances? I guess you kind of already said you don't think he's got much left.

FM: Shane is a great guy and I wish him nothing but the best in his fight. He's an American, so do I want to see him win? Absolutely. But we can never say what's going to happen in the heat of battle.

BT: Okay, just so everyone is absolutely, positively, crystal clear, as far as your fights are concerned, you're still standing firm on your stance that random is random, meaning Olympic-style drug testing leading all the way up until any fight.

FM: Yes, absolutely!

BT: And thus far, to your knowledge, Manny Pacquiao has never agreed to take basically the same tests that Shane took.

FM: No, he didn't. Like I said before in the beginning when we talked, two weeks prior to the fight, he didn't want to take no tests.

BT: So his reluctance to take these tests are basically the only thing that have prevented and are still preventing this fight from happening?

FM: Absolutely.

BT: Do you think Bob Arum really wants to make the fight between you and Manny?

FM: You gotta realize, Manny's not making the money he should be making. He's making a lot, but he's not seeing a lot. I'm making it and I'm seeing it. Without boxing in 2011, Floyd Mayweather is still going to see over $30 million just from businesses outside the ring.

BT: Wow. That's crazy. I gotta step my website game up (laughing).

FM: Oh, you'll be okay. I'm just really truly blessed. What else can I say?.

BT: Well let me let you get out of here Champ. Before you go, let me get a couple of picks from you. Who you got in the Super Bowl?

FM: Green Bay. I like Green Bay.

BT: What? I don't think so. You ain't feelin' Pittsburgh?

FM: I like Green Bay.

BT: What about Devon Alexander and Tim Bradley? You were at Devon Alexander's last fight, right?

FM: I like him as a person. I don't really know Timothy Bradley, but he seems like a pretty cool guy.

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