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Floyd Money Mayweather: "I open my mouth the widest. That's why I'm eating the most!"

Courtesy of Mayweather Promotions/Golden Boy Promotions and Fightnews.com.


In an interview conducted by SupaKen of Russ Parr Morning Show, undefeated former five-division world champion Floyd Mayweather, Jr. shared his thoughts about his upcoming fight with lightweight champion Juan Manuel Marquez, what he valued most about his time away from the sport, and his love for money. Mayweather stated, “The best thing with me being retired was spending time with my children. These years of my children’s life are so valuable. What I like to do is just be the best father that I can be. Not just be the best at boxing, but to be the best father I can be.”

Responding to inquiries made by Marquez that he was going to dig into Mayweather’s rib cage, Mayweather wasted no time in referring to his undefeated record and success in the squared circle. “Thirty nine have tried and thirty nine have come up short. Tune in September 19. It’s going to be one hell of a fight. You’ve got the best pound for pound fighter in the world versus Mexico’s number one fighter.”

While the boxing world is well aware of Mayweather’s love for money, one can only hope that the champion has returned with a desire to prove against the best available opposition that he, not Manny Pacquiao, is the best pound for pound fighter in the world today. Nicknamed Money May for his distinction as one of the richest athletes in the world in any professional sport, Mayweather has been quoted as saying that he boxes because he wants to not because he needs to. Answering questions as to why he chose to return to ring eighteen months after announcing his retirement in May of 2008, Mayweather explained, “Well they say that Floyd Mayweather came back to the sport because he needs the money. Who doesn’t need three or four hundred million? If I can get three or four hundred million more in a recession, than absolutely.”

Should Mayweather defeat Marquez next month, the world is eager to see Mayweather in anticipated showdowns with the likes of welterweight champion Shane Mosley as well as the winner of the fight between pound for pound king Manny Pacquiao and WBO welterweight titlist Miguel Cotto. In May ESPN's Brian Kenny asked Mayweather why he chose Marquez, the lightweight champion, over Mosley who is the current champion in his weight class of welterweight. Mayweather boldly replied to Kenny that Mosley has five losses on his record, including a loss to Cotto in November of 2007, and that he is not a PPV attraction.

When world class fighters face off against one another in competition, there is always going to be a winner and a loser! In order to go down in history as one of the greatest of all time, you are expected to face the best available opponents in your era. Between Cotto, Mosley, and Margarito, those are three elite level world class fighters who have beaten up each other [Cotto outpointing Mosley, Margarito stopping Cotto, Mosley dominating and stopping Margarito, etc] over the past couple years, but nobody has managed to defeat Mayweather. While those are the irrefutable facts, this reporter would still like to see Mayweather in rivalries with the aforementioned fighters in order to prove to the world that he is still the best fighter in the world today, as many of us believed he was prior to his latest retirement from the sport, and maintain that he is one of the greatest boxers of all time.

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