Although there doesn't seem to be another fight on the horizon at the moment, Floyd Mayweather simply can't stay out of the news. In a recent radio interview with Rude Jude of Sirius Satellite Radio's Shade 45 channel, both Mayweather and the host threw some haymakers.
Here is the audio of the interview, and because of profanity that would make sailors blush, this video is most certainly NSFW (not suitable for work):
There is certainly a lot to digest in that interview, but the long and the short of it is that both Mayweather and Rude Jude seem to have their own personal agenda. Whether Mayweather was actually upset at Jude's insistence that he has been ducking Manny Pacquiao is debatable.
I think that it's entirely possible that Mayweather made the call in order to start an argument and get even more publicity for a bout between himself and Pacquiao. Rude Jude certainly fanned the flames, and because Mayweather is an emotional person, things got a bit out of hand.
Jude did make some interesting, albeit biased points about Mayweather. I think his view on the quality of Mayweather's opponents when compared to Pacquiao's opponents is skewed, but his skepticism with regards to whether Mayweather actually wants to face Pacquiao is valid.
It was alluded to that Mayweather doesn't want to fight Pacquiao out of fear that Pacquiao is on steroids, and that is buoyed by the fact that Mayweather asked for Olympic-style testing if they were to square off. Call Mayweather cowardly for doing it, but I think it's a valid request in this era where performance-enhancing drugs are running rampant.
Rude Jude also said that he hasn't watched any of Mayweather's recent bouts because he is a boring fighter. While Mayweather isn't typically the type of fighter that is going to come out firing and looking for a knockout like Pacquiao, his textbook fighting style should be appreciated by boxing purists.
Also, there was absolutely nothing boring about his fight against Victor Ortiz on Sept. 17. Rude Jude used revisionist history in saying Ortiz wasn't a suitable opponent because there were tons of money being bet on him to beat Mayweather in Las Vegas.
Mayweather ultimately scored a controversial fourth-round knockout of Ortiz. Following an Ortiz headbutt, he was attempting to apologize to Mayweather in the middle of the ring when Floyd cold-cocked him and knocked him out.
The events of that match caused many to call Mayweather cheap, dirty and unsportsmanlike, but what he did was well within the rules. It may have been questionable in terms of the "boxing code" but it surely wasn't boring as Rude Jude suggested.
Even after the fight, Mayweather continued to make news as he got into it with HBO boxing analyst Larry Merchant in a post-fight interview. Mayweather verbally accosted the 80-year-old Merchant and claimed that he didn't give him the respect he deserved. Watch Merchant shoot back with a verbal jab of his own in this NSFW video:
Again, Mayweather may be technically sound and orthodox in the ring, but he isn't a boring boxer and he most certainly doesn't have a boring personality. Mayweather is not only the most controversial figure in boxing, but he is one of the most controversial people in all of sports.
Call him insecure or call him a jerk because of his comments on Rude Jude's radio show, but he undoubtedly stirred the pot and got people talking about a Mayweather-Pacquiao clash even more.
With the emergence of mixed martial arts, boxing is declining in popularity, and that is why personalities like Mayweather are necessary. Controversy creates interest and interest creates cash in the business of boxing. So, while Mayweather's antics may seem over the top to a casual observer, they may be necessary in order to force boxing out of the doldrums and back under the spotlight.