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Mayweather rants on Pacquiao: ‘You all think I’m a coward? Well guess what? I’m a rich coward’

May 3, 2012, 11:38 AM EDT

Floyd Mayweather Jr. speaks as Miguel Cotto sits in the background during a news conference at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas Reuters

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]

  1. hwatt - May 3, 2012 at 4:33 PM

    “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)”


  2. parkcityute - May 3, 2012 at 4:49 PM

    Floyd is having a brain spasm, that is to say he has a functioning brain in the first place, which these rants seem to discount. If I was Floyd I would avoid Many as well, but then I am not bragging that I am the best fighter around. Put up, or shut up Floyd!

  3. AlohaMrHand - May 3, 2012 at 6:02 PM

    Floyd would rather fight his old lady than Pacquaio.Judge Melissa Serrano determined that economical gain was more valuable than the safety of a woman and children by postponing his sentence til after the fight.Hes a scumbag and is a black eye on the sport of boxing and the city of Las Vegas

  4. danmichaellugatiman - May 4, 2012 at 1:22 AM

    If you don’t want to fight Pacquaio, then shut up Floyd, you’re just insecured and afraid to fight Pacquaio because you know, in yourself that Pacquaio can beat you and he can put you lying on the ring……..

  5. cur68 - May 4, 2012 at 1:23 AM

    Cotto is no pushover. Floyd better be ready.

  6. skids003 - May 4, 2012 at 7:43 AM

    I would like to see him and Mike Tyson in a debate. Surely their posse’s could translate for us.

  7. chumthumper - May 4, 2012 at 9:00 AM

    Mayweather will do and say anything to avoid getting his rear end kicked by Pacquiao.

  8. 4thquartermagic - May 4, 2012 at 4:39 PM

    I can’t wait for Pacman to beat this clown and then DENY him a shot at a rematch claiming that he’s taking performance enhanced.

    That my friends would be karma.

  9. chargerdillon - May 5, 2012 at 2:25 PM

    A coward would be a compliment for the likes of Mayweather. To talk as much crap as he does and run away in the ring, he’s just a big mouthy pussy.

    Would love to see Cotto knock im out

    • njsteeler - May 6, 2012 at 9:47 AM

      LMAO…, you peopel don’t know a thing about boxing, and your comments prove it. Did you see Manny struggle with Marquez? Did you see how much trouble JMM’s counterpunching gave Pac-Man? Now I’m a Manny fan, and have been since I saw his first fight that was televised in the US, but if he struggled against Marguez who is nowhere near the counterpuncher, defender and boxer that Money is, how do you think he’s going to beat the best P4P fighter in the game today? You’re hatred of Floyd is clouding your judgement. We all know that anger makes people do, and say dumb things and the comments in this thread are proof positive of that. Look, I don’t care for Floyd out of the ring, but in the ring he is the best in the world. PERIOD….

      • steelerdynasty2010 - May 7, 2012 at 8:26 AM

        this is going to hurt…but i agree with njsteeler

        watching Floyd’s last few fights, if you cant hit him consistently and knock him out, you wont win. he’s a boxer, and a phenomenal one at that. he has the power to KO (or at least he used to), but he’d rather out-point and out-box you, and his ability to counter and slip a punch is unheard of. If I’m Manny, i worry about my ability to get to him and land power shots. it’s not that Floyd cant be hit, he can (sugar shane caught him good, but lost his nerve), but can you do it consistently enough and/or at the right time to score a KD or a KO. also, frustration can make a boxer do crazy things and if Manny cant stick to his fight plan because he starts to get frustrated, it’s going to end poorly.
        i’ve come to realize that when/if this fight happens, all the pressure’s going to be on Manny. Floyd clearly knows he can out-box and out-point him, so Manny’s going to have to knock him out to win. and i’d argue that Manny has figured this out as well.
        people can argue what’s inside his heart all they want, but at the end of the day, watch the tape (unbiased), and you will undoubtedly see the best P4P BOXER the sport has EVER seen. There may be bigger, stronger guys out there, but no better BOXER, none….and i hate the dude

  10. mornelithe - May 8, 2012 at 5:35 PM

    Personally, I think Mayweather poses a very very large challenge for Pacman. I like Pacman much, much more than Mayweather, but I’m not going to lie about Mayweather’s abilities. He’s really good, no one goes 40+ fights w/o a loss and isn’t good. However, Mayweather’s skill, and Pacquiao’s skill, are irrelevant. Right now, Pacman and Mayweather are considered the two most skilled individuals in their weight classes, and until Mayweather fights Pacquiao, there will _always_ be a question to his abilities.

    This is very much like the position that kept Roy Jones Jr. (pre-HW) from being considered as legendary as he should’ve been. There was literally no one in the LHW division that could touch Roy (again, before he moved to HW and then back down to LHW). Nobody, and so Roy’s abilities were never really truly questioned.

    This is a very similar situation, Mayweather virtually walks through everyone, except now we have someone who may actually pose a serious threat to Mayweather, and he WON’T fight him. Yes, he keeps coming up with new excuses as to why he won’t accept the fight. First it was suspected substance abuse, then it was Mayweather not wanting to split the take evenly (Pacman draws as big of a crowd as Floyd in his area…if not bigger), and now it’s Mayweather wants nothing to do with Arum.

    Bottom line, Mayweather’s the champ and should be seeking out the best competition to solidify his legacy. Until he takes the fight with Pacqiao, there will always be a question as to the legitimacy of that claim.