Fight Interviews

[Interview] Floyd Mayweather on Fighting in Atlanta, Retirement Plans w/ Haymon & his Favorite Mexican Fighter

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Photo Credit: Ismael AbduSalaam/BeatsBoxingMayhem

Several weeks ago, I was on hand at Centennial Park for the Atlanta leg of the Mayweather-Canelo press tour. After the event wrapped up, Mayweather and Canelo both hung around on stage for an impromptu roundtable of sorts with select media. I had the opportunity to ask Floyd few questions on his future plans now that retirement is looming, Canelo’s main perceived weakness, and Atlanta’s potential as a big-name boxing crowd. Here are his answers in their entirety.

BeatsBoxingMayhem: You’ve made a lot of appearances in Atlanta on the club circuit and award shows, but never as a fighter outside of the ’96 Olympics. Golden Boy mentioned ATL as a place where they’re looking to establish an audience. And you just said you have a couple properties down here. How realistic is it that we might see you fight here, or anywhere outside of the MGM Grand, before your career is over?

Mayweather: They [Atlanta residents] always come out and show support. I’ve probably made more appearances here than any other city or state. It’s like home to me. I got a few places here. But as of right now, Showtime, CBS [and the venue is] MGM Grand. [But that’s] as of right now.

I can’t really say [why there hasn’t been any big fights recently in Atlanta]. I mean, Holyfield had a big fight here, didn’t he? [Writer’s NoteHolyfield’s last fight in Atlanta came at the Georgia Dome against Vaughn Bean in 1998. Holyfield won a 12-round unanimous decision] When you’re saying big, what’s big? Are we talking pay-per-view? We talking about eight-figure, nine-figure checks? I can’t call it.

BeatsBoxingMayhem: Do you still feel pressure to “top” each pay-per-view, especially now that you’re with a new network?

The pressure is different at this level. But for me, it’s no pressure [now]. There should be, but there isn’t. When I got up there I know how to control the crowd — how to get them hype and how to calm them down. I have this from years and years of experience at press conferences. Like I said before, I got the best team in the world. I have the best publicist in Kelly Swanson and I’m loyal to her and will be with her until my career is over with. She showed she was for me and took on the job when no one else wanted to when I was young. She’s still behind me. She wrote me everyday when I was locked away. I still give her a hard time, but I love her and am going to stick with her.

BeatsBoxingMayhem: Retirement Plans?

After this fight it’s four more fights. I’ll continue to promote and build with Al Haymon on concert promotion. Al Haymon is gonna soon hand everything over to me as far as concert promotion because he knows I’m one of the guys that he can believe in. Al is the best.

BeatsBoxingMayhem: Is there extra satisfaction in beating Mexican fighters due to the hostile crowds?

I feel like Floyd Mayweather has done good against every fighter, no matter what nationality or race they were. I went out there and executed the game plan and came out on top. As far as Mexico’s boxing background, it’s truly amazing. Mexico has produced a lot of great, legendary champions. Me myself, I think one of the best champions Mexico produced was Ricardo Lopez. Mayweather loves Mexico. Canelo’s a young, hungry champion and we want to give the fans excitement.

BeatsBoxingMayhem: Will Canelo’s perceived lack of stamina be his major downfall against you?

*Makes Stevie J face and snickers* You’ll see.

 

THE ONE: MAYWEATHER VS. CANELO,” a 12-round fight for Canelo’s WBC, WBA and Ring Magazine Super Welterweight World Championships and Mayweather’s WBA Super Welterweight Super World Championship taking place Saturday, Sept. 14 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, is promoted by Mayweather Promotions, Golden Boy Promotions and Canelo Promotions and sponsored by Corona, O’Reilly Auto Parts, AT&T, Valvoline, Mexico Tourism, Fred Loya Insurance and Nature Nutrition.  In the 12-round co-featured attraction, WBC, WBA Super and Ring Magazine Super Lightweight World Champion Danny Garcia and thunderous puncher WBC Interim Super Lightweight World Champion Lucas Matthysse square off in a fight presented in association with Swift Promotions and Arano Box Promotions.  Also, Ishe Smith vs. Carlos Molina square off in a 12-round battle for Smith’s IBF Junior Middleweight World Title which is promoted in association with Warriors Boxing.  The opening bout on SHOWTIME PPV features a 10-round welterweight showdown between Pablo Cesar Cano and Ashley Theophane.  The mega-event will be produced and distributed live by SHOWTIME PPV® beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT.

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