May 3, 2012, 11:38 AM EDT
Floyd Mayweather kind of lost it on Tuesday, and I guess that’s somewhat understandable. He’s got a big fight against Miguel Cotto on Saturday, and then it’s off to the hoosegow for a two-month vacation (actual incarceration time may vary). Meanwhile, he continues to be dogged for his refusal to fight Manny Pacquiao. Maybe all of that explains his rambling diatribe in an interview with Associated Press writer Tim Dahlber on Tuesday. Excerpts:
“You all think I’m scared, I’m a coward? Well guess what? I’m a rich, scared coward. I’m a rich coward,” Mayweather said. “And if that’s the case, why the hell would you want to watch me? I don’t want to watch no coward. I don’t want to watch nobody who’s scared and you all know for a fact I’m not scared. You all know that.”
“So, you’re an American, right? I’m an American,” he told me. “I was in the Olympics. I represent the red, white and blue. You know what the American writers should say? `Well, why’s this guy from another country who comes over here and makes money taking it back to his country?
“Once again, I’m feeding American citizens every day. All I ask is give a little blood, give a little urine. That’s a crime?”
“Go back and look at the pictures. First, his head is small. Then, all of a sudden, his head just grew? Come on, man. Stop! Stop this man! Come on, man! This (stuff’s) so easy. Ray Charles can see this (stuff). Come on. Come on, now! Come on, man. I told you, it’s basic common sense. Look at the pictures and tell me this man’s head didn’t get bigger? This man probably went from a seven and one-fourth to an eight. In a hat, a fitted hat. And you’re going to tell me this (stuff) is all natural? Come on, man. Stop this. I’m going up in weight, but I ain’t just walking through no damn fighters.”
“Writers are saying, `Floyd is scared,’” he said. “No, Floyd cares about his family. Floyd is smart. At the end of the day, Floyd is smart. My health is important. My health is more important than money. They can take all the money and my health is more important. If they say, `Floyd, you can live a healthy life like you is right now, or you got to walk with a limp, and walk all bent over, but you can have a lot of money for the rest of your life,’ I’d say, `Take it all back.’”
Dahlber posits that a Mayweather-Pacquiao fight will never happen, because Floyd is convinced Manny is taking steroids, and nothing will change his mind. In my opinion, Floyd may have convinced himself of that, but deep down he knows that’s not the reason this fight won’t happen. He’s just afraid of losing, period.
Oh, by the way: any of you paying $69.95 for the Mayweather-Cotto pay-per-view? If so, why? Just curious.
Floyd Mayweather Rants About Manny Pacquiao Ahead Of Miquel Cotto Fight [Huffington Post]
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