Floyd “Money” Mayweather (42-0), is the most vocal of boxing personalities. His reputation as a loud-mouthed braggart precedes him.
Besides having the gift of the gab, “Money” is also a multi-weight division champion, pound-for-pound great and a future Hall of Famer.
However, some would think that his achievements outside the squared ring far out-weigh his achievements in it, and half of the time, they wouldn’t be wrong.
Mayweather and controversy seem to have a knack of following one another—most of his controversial moments have stemmed from his candid and sometimes abrasive magniloquence towards those who dared to question anything pertaining to Mayweather.
The Mayweather moments...
"I've fallen and I can't get up."
Mayweather posted a photo of Ortiz’s futile attempts at beating Joe Cortez’s count. Now, that was a punch below the belt. Well, at least it wasn’t as bad as Ortiz’s blatant head butts.
“Pacquiao is famous because he is attached to my name. When they say Pacquiao, they say that’s the guy they are trying to get to fight Floyd Mayweather. When they say Floyd Mayweather, they say that's an all-time great.”
No one can deny that Mayweather is on the cusp of greatness, but he still has some way to go, before he's mentioned in the same breath as Sugar Ray Robinson and Muhammad Ali.
“Why does he have to worry about my personal life? I don’t worry about his personal life. It’s not like I’m bringing a gun or a knife into the ring. But he’s going to think I brought a gun or a knife into the ring once I get a hold of him.”
A word to the wise, in regards to Mayweather—never bring a knife to a gun fight. The late Arturo Gatti did and lost.
“He ain't nowhere near my level, but he's a good fighter, though. Maybe one day, he'll get off them undercards.”
Mayweather felt that the former undisputed welterweight and two-division world champion Judah wasn’t in his league.
“If I did want to come back, I was going to make, what, $50 million (for the De La Hoya rematch)? You know what, don’t call my phone unless you’ve got $100 million.”
Don’t even fathom calling Mayweather unless you have the aforementioned sum ready and waiting—he won’t get out of bed for anything less.
“There can't be two good guys; I chose to be the bad guy -- **** it.”
And we all know who that good guy is?
“To be honest with you, I normally beat guys with my C game and I don’t have to pull my A or B game out.”
If your game is anywhere below C, don’t bother turning up. It's a foregone conclusion that you’ll lose even before you’ve stepped to Mayweather.
“I said, Zab, let me go over the game plan, which I gave him the game plan on how to beat Kostya Tszyu.”
Zab Judah has never been one to take advice, especially from the likes of Mayweather. In hindsight, maybe that was a bad judgment call, as he lost the fight embarrassingly.
"Right now, I feel good. I never really took no abuse in the sport. I feel great. But the kid that’s going to beat Floyd Mayweather hasn’t been born yet. Yes, he may, he may have been born—it may be one of my sons."
Finally, someone might have the honor of shutting up Mayweather, and it’s not even Pacquiao—someone closer to home.
“Does he really want to step into the ring with best fighter of this era and embarrass himself? Being the coward that he is, I doubt he'll get in the ring. We'll see what his excuse will be this time.”
Hatton is no coward, but heart alone sometimes isn’t enough to win a fight. When they eventually met, Mayweather schooled Hatton in the art of the sweet science—check-left-hook—turnbuckle—game over.
“Of course I'm better than Roy Jones Jr. Why would you even ask that?”
Mayweather took umbrage to the question, as to whether he was better than Jones, Jr—the same pound-for-pound great who has won titles in four divisions. The only man to begin his career as a junior middleweight and then go on to lift the heavyweight title.
Mayweather! I think that’s the reason the question was asked.
“Would I fight Junior Witter? Who is he? Is he a boxer?”
For some reason, Mayweather didn’t know who Junior Witter was or refused to acknowledge that Witter, who had held the WBC light-welterweight title was a boxer.
"There is boxing and then there is me. The rest are just falling in line behind me or are trying to get in line to fight me. And that includes Manny Pacquiao too."
Will boxing exist after Mayweather? Stupid question, but you get the point. Now Pacquiao and co should form an orderly queue and wait their turn for a shot at glory.
“All Pacquiao is doing is fighting my leftovers.”
Oscar De La Hoya, Ricky Hatton, Juan Manuel Marquez and Shane Mosley are Mayweather’s remnants—over to you, Pacquiao.
“You ain't never see me get knocked down three times from one punch.”
One of the most ignominious moments in boxing history saw Judah knocked down by Tszyu’s one punch, which resulted in Judah auditioning for Dancing with the Stars—he was literally seeing stars.
“You got to have three things to be a great fighter: a great mind, a great chin and a great heart. Now he may have a good mind and a good heart, but his chin ain’t up to par. And if I land, I’m going to be a homerun hitter.”
Suffice to say, Mayweather didn’t hit any home runs that night—Zab Judah on the other hit a blinder—below the belt. That was the probably his best punch of the night as Mayweather went on to capture the IBF and vacant IBO world welterweight titles.
“Arturo Gatti is a fake because he thinks he’s going to win”
The late Gatti dared to envisage a win over the great one.
“This guy's got six losses, and I am going to show the world the seventh way to beat him.”
Indeed, Mayweather did—Gatti retired in the sixth round—proving that there’s no seventh heaven for losers.
“I think I'm the best fighter ever. I respect Ali and Sugar Ray Robinson. But as of now, I feel I'm the best.”
Who could argue with that? Oh wait! Manny Pacquiao.
“You have to realize that most of these guys get in there and fight on heart. I fight with smarts. There is no fighter that is smarter than me. Most of these fighters are ABC, 1-2-3. I am like 4-5-6 levels above them; that’s why I’m able to beat them.”
To contend with Mayweather you need to have smarts—ABC and 1-2-3 is amateur night.
“I’m running my mouth a lot and I’m looking for a guy to shut me up. If you don’t shut me up, I’m going to keep running my mouth.”
Like the man said, he’s going to keep running his mouth until someone shuts him up. Any takers? Pacquiao anyone?
"You never give me a fair shake. You are (expletive) and HBO should fire you. You don't know (expletive) about boxing. You ain't (expletive)."
This confrontation made more headline news than the Mayweather/Victor Ortiz fight itself. Apparently Merchant asked Mayweather about his cheap shot on Ortiz as well as whether he was ever going to fight Pacquiao. Mayweather didn’t take to kindly to this; hence his vitriolic outburst.
Merchant responded in kind: "I wish I was 50 years younger and I would kick your ass."
Mayweather vs. Merchant? Watch this space.
"I left the fight in the ring, but Oscar and Ortiz keep doing interviews crying like some Golden Girl b****es. I will f*ck both of you up."
Mayweather was none too pleased when he found out that De La Hoya and Ortiz had been conducting interviews suggesting that his methods in defeating Ortiz were un-sportsman-like.
“Hi, my name Oscar De La Hoya. I'm gonna do this, I'm gonna tha. . . you ain't gonna do (expletive)”!
Mayweather was right; De La Hoya didn’t do (expletive). What De La Hoya did do, though, was relinquish his WBC super welterweight title to Mayweather.
Floyd "Money" Mayweather.