Oscar De La Hoya wrote an open letter to Floyd Mayweather in Playboy earlier this month. In it, he accused Mayweather of being, amongst other things, a boring fighter. That word—“boring”—is something that apparently didn’t sit well with Mayweather.
During an interview with Fight Hype this week, Mayweather responded directly to that accusation. He doesn’t seem to take issue with the fact that some of his fights are considered boring, but he does have a problem with his name and “boring” being mentioned in the same sentence so often.
“They always say Mayweather is a boring fighter,” he said. “I sit back and think, ‘If I’m such a boring fighter, if all I do is run, if I’m such a chicken, then why every time I make any move, it goes viral?' Everything I do goes viral. I don’t care what network it is. It can be a guy at flyweight to a guy that’s a heavyweight, my name is always being brought up. I believe my name is brought up for a reason. To the people that keep saying, ‘Aw, the fight is boring! The fight was boring.’ Listen, man, I’m sitting in my house counting this money, you know what I’m saying? I’m sitting in my house counting this money, chilling.”
Later in the interview, Mayweather seemed to reveal why he’s been doing so much press lately and, more specifically, he seemed to tip his hand as to why he has been so nice to Ronda Rousey in light of her loss to Holly Holm, despite their past differences. It sounds like Mayweather is trying to make a jump to the MMA world sometime in the near future. Not to fight, but to see what kind of money he can make there.
“Mayweather Promotions, we are the past, the present, and the future of boxing and MMA,” he said. “We want to treat everybody fair, and we don’t want to fuck up with nobody. I’m here to let the mixed martial artists and the fighters know, fuck what you hear about me. I’m a good person. I’m not on drugs, I’m not on alcohol, and I’m not a liar. I’m only human. I can contradict myself, I’m not perfect, but I strive to be a perfectionist every day.”
It’ll be interesting (not boring!) to see how Mayweather transitions into the next phase of his career.
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[via Fight Hype]