Floyd Mayweather is back in business. He is preparing to fight Robert "The Ghost" Guerrero May 4 in Las Vegas, and the television cameras are rolling.
After signing an epic six-fight deal with Showtime, Mayweather is granting the cable company full access to capture his training activity, his thoughts about fighting and a real look at his mind and personality.
While Mayweather knows he is being filmed for the record, he seems comfortable with the cameras rolling and speaks frankly.
Here's a look at his most interesting quotes from the first three episodes of All Access, along with some of Guerrero's thoughts.
Quotes from Episode 1
Mayweather spent time in jail and he reflected on what his jail sentence felt like and what it did to him:
"Being in jail, it gave me time to reflect on my whole life. Seventy days, I was locked away. I was locked in a box. Mentally, it made me appreciate my family. Tough times don’t last. Tough people do."
This could have been a sensational hook in this episode. As he starts to talk about it, he seems like he is going to speak from the heart. He talks about the time he was "locked in a box." But instead of explaining what it was like, he fell back on a cliche. Very unsatisfying for the viewer.
Guerrero knows that Mayweather is the star of the show, but he is not at all deferential. He is brutally honest in his assessment of the champion.
"He’s just an obnoxious creep, that’s all he is. You got the youth coming up and they see a clown like that. What kind of example are you? Millions of kid looking up to you and you’re boasting about money, boasting about cars, about where you live, your jet. Then you go to jail. Kids see that and they think that’s cool. Well, there’s always lessons for people to learn. This is one of those lessons. Come May 4, his whole mentality is going to change."
Guerrero comes across as an intelligent and well thought out individual. However, he is calling out Mayweather and letting his remarks speak for themselves. His ending statement is just fight hyperbole, but the meat of his remarks could anger the champion.
Mayweather on being the biggest name in boxing:
"What does it take to sell this fight. This fight is already sold because of me. The only thing that Robert Guerrero has to do is show up. I ain’t had no hard fight yet in boxing. They’ve all been easy.”
There's never been any doubt about Mayweather's confidence, and that's still the case. He says nobody else compares. You can't go into a man's soul, but it seems like he believes it.
Mayweather made it a point to confront Guerrero when they filmed a promo prior to the fight:
"I’m gonna blast you come May 4. Forty-four will have come to the plate and 44 will have come up short. I guarantee that. It’s your biggest payday and your only payday. What are you gonna do. (Mayweather puts his hand on Guerrero’s shoulder in a patronizing manner.) What are you going to do?”
Yawn, yawn. This has been going on for decades. Fighters talk smack to each other. It's done to sell tickets and pay-per-views. Guerrero recognized Mayweather's routine and knew he was trying to intimidate. He did not appear bothered in the least.
On having his father, Floyd Mayweather Sr., back in his camp. The two have had many differences and several estrangements.
“It’s not a good thing, it’s a great thing. If it comes together, it’s a great thing. If it explodes, well, that’s family. We should work together as one. I feel like we’re stronger together than we are apart."
It seems like Money is tired of fighting with his dad and being apart. He's glad they are together, and it seems like he honestly wants it to work out. If it doesn't, it would probably hurt the younger Mayweather more than he would ever let on.
Quotes from Episode 2
Mayweather did not hesitate to comment after the news of Guerrero's arrest for gun possession in late March as he prepared to board a plane in New York City.
“Back in New York City, that’s what we call a humbling situation. When I got locked up and I was doing time in the hole, I don’t wish that on my worst enemy. Serving time is not cool to me. Losing your freedom is not cool to me."
Mayweather tried to take the high road after Guerrero's difficulties, but a wry smile was on his face as he spoke about his rival's issues. He seemed take at least some delight from Guerrero's problems.
Mayweather knows that as the fight approaches he has to change his lifestyle and intensity. He prepares by training at hours that many other fighters would not keep.
“It’s 1 a.m. and I’m going for my third workout (of the day). Do I wanna go to the gym? Absolutely not. I’d rather stay at my house or go the movie theater and watch movies. To be the best you have to work overtime. Let’s go in the gym and do this workout. The party is over.
“I’m always going to work hard. But as you get older you have to work smarter."
Mayweather was talking about working hard and his effort on the speed bag and jump rope were impressive, as always. Mayweather is as fast with those two traditional boxing tools as the great Sugar Ray Robinson was in his prime. But during the middle of training, he played pick up basketball with the locals. Just sayin'.
Mayweather's entourage is called "The Money Team." He explained his "Money Team" philosophy.
“The money team really has nothing to do with money. It’s about what’s in your heart. You can be a ‘thousandaire’ and be on the money team. It’s all about what’s in your heart and how you live. If you don’t have any money at all but you’re rich at heart, you’re with the money team."
Self-serving hyperbole? Perhaps. Mayweather does seem to enjoy himself wherever he goes and he does know how to live the good life. He doesn't hesitate to share with those around him.
Mayweather's incarceration still weighs heavily on him. He seems to think about it most when he is around his four children.
"When I was incarcerated, it was during summer and my kids weren’t in school at that time. I missed my kids dearly."
While it may not help him in the ring, Mayweather keeps his family close during training. He seems to enjoy every minute he gets with his children.
Quotes from Episode 3
Mayweather on Guerrero's behavior and how he may not be the role model he says he is. Guerrero has criticized Mayweather for his lifestyle and his recent incarceration.
"This is a religious guy, but he had Marilyn Monroe on his wall in his bedroom. He contradicted himself.
"He's preaching how he's supposed to be a role model, but this kid is screwing up people's lawns with a dusty-ass truck."
Mayweather is trying to make the point that Guerrero is a hypocrite. That may be a bit too harsh of an assessment, but it's clear that Guerrero has his own demons.
Mayweather offered his take on Guerrero's fighting style at two different points in the program.
"I really don't know him. Only from a couple of clips that I've seen. He's a flat-footed fighter.Come fight night, I'm more or less able to expose any fighter's weakness.
(At the close of the show) "From what I see, he's just a very, very dirty fighter. There's nothing sharp about his fight game. But if he's here, he's the guy that's in front of me. We'll just see what he brings to the table May 4."
While Mayweather does not offer much of an assessment of Guerrero's fighting style, he does make the salient point that his ability to find his opponent's weakness and then exploit it has made him a boxing sensation.
Mayweather talks about the business of boxing and what has to be done when trying to build interest for a big-time fight. Much of that involves answering media questions and many have to do with the return of his father to his corner.
"People don't understand. You have to work hard inside the ring, but you have to do double outside the ring to build a pay-per-view event.
"The media's constantly trying to stir things up between my dad (Floyd Mayweather Sr.) and my uncle Roger (Mayweather). They are both two great trainers and two great human beings. We are all looking for the same thing: Victory on May 4."
Mayweather is trying to dissipate any pressure there may be between his father and his uncle. Mayweather is trying to repair his relationship with his father while staying loyal to his uncle, who has been in his corner for 16 years. It's a difficult balancing act.
Mayweather was not pleased with his performance when he fought Miguel Cotto. That's one of the reasons he brought in his father to help prepare him for Guerrero. He wants to be better and sharper.
"Miguel Cotto ... it was a very interesting fight. But I wasn't pleased. I gave myself a D-plus for that fight. I got hit with some shots. I lost a couple of rounds that I shouldn't have. But I'm better than that. I'm a better fighter than the fighter that faced Cotto.
"My dad has been upset with me because he thinks I've take too much punishment in my last six fights. He wants me to tighten up my defense. I told him he's right."
Mayweather did not just bring in his father to improve familial relations. He seems sincerely interested in improving his defense and becoming a better (or sharper) technical fighter. That seems like an intelligent and logical goal.
Mayweather let viewers in on his relationship with fiancee and aspiring actress Shantel Jackson. In All-Access, producers showed Mayweather out on a date with Jackson and the two riding bicycles together afterwards.
"No relationship is perfect. I'm not perfect. She's not perfect. We bump heads a lot. But at the end of the day, I love her and she loves me."
Mayweather and Jackson are certainly an eye-catching couple. However, she wants to become a mainstream actress and he's the top-ranked boxer in the world. Both seem more dedicated to their careers than each other.
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