Marcos Maidana on Floyd Mayweather Jr.: ‘I don’t give a f–k about him’

By Lem Satterfield

LAS VEGAS — Marcos Maidana wore dark shades, a glittering black suit and a bowtie as he stepped to the podium for the final press conference at the Hollywood Theater of the MGM Grand, site of Saturday’s defense of his WBA belt against RING and WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. on Showtime Pay Per View.

A hard-hitting 30-year-old from Argentina, Maidana (35-3, 31 knockouts) may have looked clean, but he talked dirty, to the delight of those in attendance.

“Nobody’s given anything to me. The opportunity, I’ve earned this myself. I know that this is going to be a very difficult fight, and that’s why I’ve trained like never before,” said Maidana, through translation by trainer Robert Garcia.

“Mayweather, like everybody knows, he’s an excellent fighter and a very difficult fighter, but like they say, [in Spanish,] Me Vale Madre, [which means] I don’t give a f–k about him.”

Maidana will be after his fourth consecutive victory since falling by unanimous decision to southpaw Devon Alexander in his 147-pound debut in February 2012.

Maidana had scored three consecutive stoppage wins heading into his last fight in December, when he unanimously decision previously unbeaten Adrien Broner, dropping him in the second and eighth rounds for his current belt.

Although Mayweather did not dismiss Maidana’s effort against Broner, the 37-year-old provided some perspective to reporters who gathered around for one-on-one interviews when the press conference had ended.

“Adrien is a blown up lightweight. He’s fighting a solid welterweight in myself. I think that we’ll be in a little bit different situation. Sometimes, guys can give it, but can they take it. We saw him fight Victor Ortiz, and he got hit on the chin and went down. But you have never seen me hit the canvas, and I’ve been hit by some of the biggest punchers in the sport,” said Mayweather.

“Of course, it’s a sport where you are going to get hit. I may wobble a little bit, and I may get hit with a good shot on the temple, but I prepare myself for any style…It’s going to be totally different, and I think styles make fights. I’m looking to win, and I’m looking to win, very, very impressively. He’s going to be coming straight ahead, and we’ll see how the fight plays out…Sometimes, when guys get to a certain level, they fold under pressure, so we’ll see how the fight plays out come Saturday.”

Earlier, during his turn at the podium, Mayweather said “So we’re still wondering who is going to solve the MayVinci Code.”

“No one has solved the MayVinci code. Everybody’s gameplan is to just come straight ahead, keep pressure, hit him on the leg, hit him on the hip. Hit him with a low blow. Headbutt him. I still find a way to win,” said Mayweather.

“They say, ‘Well, this guy right here, he’s super fast. I still find a way to win. ‘This guy’s got a good left hook,’ or, ‘This guy’s got a good right hand,’ or, ‘This guy goes to the body good.’ I still find a way to win. ‘This guy’s got good defense,’ or, ‘This guy’s got the best jab,’ or, ‘This guy’s can throw combinations’ I still find a way to win. Saturday, I’ll find a way to win.”

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Mayweather’s May 3 challenge isn’t Maidana, it’s doing big PPV numbers

By Doug Fischer

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LAS VEGAS – There are those entertainers whose fame is so transcendent that they are known by a single name – Madonna, Cher, Prince.

The more he fights, the more Floyd “Money” Mayweather joins that single name club. Money has beaten every single opponent that he has faced and there doesn’t seem to be a legitimate threat between 140 and 154 pounds to challenge his ring supremacy any time soon. He has outstripped the competition and now if you’re watching Money you’re doing it because you want to see a singular, exquisite performance from a ring virtuoso.

Marcos Maidana is the latest opponent to take a turn at trying to hand Mayweather (45-0, 26 knockouts) his first loss in 18 years as a professional boxer. But hardly anyone outside of Maidana’s close circle of friends, family and supporters believe he has anything bigger than a remote chance of beating Mayweather for the WBC and RING welterweight titles on the Showtime Pay Per View event at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Saturday night.

In a poll conducted by Lem Satterfield of RingTV.com not one of the 46 boxing experts who participated picked Maidana to defeat Mayweather. That kind of one-sided view carries over to boxing fans that drive the Pay Per View.

As Mayweather heads into the twilight of his boxing career, the question becomes how many people are willing to plop down $64.95 (add $10 for the HD broadcast) to watch Mayweather as a singular performer?

Showtime and CBS, which signed Mayweather to a six-fight deal worth close to $200 million, is banking on Money cashing in on his brand as an entertainer/celebrity/boxing icon. And so is Mayweather, the highest paid athlete in the world in 2012 according to Forbes Magazine.

“I can recall when (Mike) Tyson had his reign and he was fighting guys who weren’t superstars. It was all about coming to see Tyson,” said Leonard Ellerbe, President of Mayweather Promotions. “You didn’t know if he was going to get people out in the first, second or third round. Floyd is taking it to another level.”

Stephen Espinoza, Showtime executive vice president and GM of Sports and Event Programming, said you have to be careful branding Mayweather as a celebrity/entertainment icon.

“We want to brand him as an entertaining personality, but we also have to remain true to the sport,” Espinoza said. “We don’t want to turn him into reality TV star because that undervalues that he’s the Michael Jordan of boxing. Whatever the personality traits are and as fascinating as he is we still have to respect the sport and in particular his work ethic.”

Whether Mayweather is ever able to generate the types of revenue that he did in his matches against Oscar De La Hoya and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez given the lists of available opponents in the welterweight division is highly questionable. He set a record in the De La Hoya fight with $136 million in gross revenue and 2.48 million pay per view buys. He broke it against Alvarez with $150 million in gross revenue and 2.2 million buys.

Espinoza said it is always a tricky proposition trying to select an opponent for Mayweather that will be able to hit big numbers. So far in two shows he has run the gamut with a low of 870,000 buys for his first match on Showtime against Robert Guerrero to a high of 2.2 million for Alvarez.

“We look for two things. One is the best, most competitive opponent and two being the most entertaining fight,” he said. “The most competitive opponent could be because of style, strength or youth. This will be the third different opponent. Our first two approaches on paper looked solid, but Mayweather’s skill level wins out. Here the pure relentlessness, aggression and pressure (of Maidana) is something that is going to give us something entertaining.”

Espinoza does not have any projections on what the Mayweather-Maidana fight will generate on pay per view. But Mayweather needs to get at least 1.5 million to justify the $32 million guarantee that Showtime is giving him as a minimum for each of those six fights in the contract.

Mayweather will probably have to go up in weight to have another tantalizing match on the order of De La Hoya and Alvarez. That would mean taking on middleweights champions like Gennady Golovkin or Sergio Martinez, who is fighting Miguel Cotto on June 14.

Ellerbe said that is something that they are not considering, though Espinoza said it had been discussed as a possibility with some of the smallish middleweights.

Manny Pacquiao’s name continues to surface whenever reporters gather around Mayweather. It was an intriguing match between the two top boxers in the game five years ago. Now it’s just a just an idle curiosity, the lingering remains of unfinished business. Pacquiao would be no more competitive against Mayweather than Maidana, Alvarez or Guerrero.

For the one millionth time someone asked Mayweather about a possible match against Pacquiao and he refused to answer the question directly.

“I want to congratulate Manny Pacquiao on his latest fight,” Mayweather said. “But Floyd Mayweather fights for Floyd Mayweather. Mayweather’s company is Mayweather Promotions.”

That’s a not so subtle dig at the fact that Pacquiao is promoted by Bob Arum of Top Rank, whom Mayweather has said he will never do business with and neither will Richard Schaefer, the CEO at Golden Boy Promotions, who co-promotes Mayweather’s events.

As Mayweather comes down the home stretch of his career, Ellerbe said we’re witnessing history.

“The run that we’re on will never be duplicated,” Ellerbe said. “There will be other great fighters coming behind him that will have great records and be great fighters, but the magnitude of what we’re doing and the revenue we’re generating will never be duplicated.”

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Floyd Maywather Jr.: ‘I don’t know if this is my last fight’

By Lem Satterfield

LAS VEGAS — Floyd Mayweather Jr. mentioned the possibility “walking way” from boxing and “getting married” in the wake of a successful defense RING and WBC championships against WBA counterpart Marcos Maidana on Saturday at the MGM Grand on Showtime Pay Per View.

Speaking at the final press conference to a cluster of reporters after his turn at the podium in the MGM’s Hollywood Theater on Wednesday, Mayweather promised to look impressive against Maidana, even as he indicated that he just may be done fighting.

“I can’t say what’s going to happen in my future. I don’t know if this is my last fight or not, but it’s going to be a very exciting fight,” said Mayweather, THE RING’s No. 1-ranked fighter, pound-for-pound, as well as THE RING, WBA and WBC 154-pound champion.

“I take one fight at a time, and I can’t overlook this guy. We’ll fight on Saturday, and after the fight is over, we’ll talk with [Mayweather Promotions CEO] Leonard [Ellerbe,] we’ll talk with [advisor] Al [Haymon,] and we’ll talk with [Golden Boy CEO] Richard Schaefer, and we’ll see what we come up with.”

On Thursday night at the MGM, Mayweather (46-0, 26 knockouts) will be the recipient of the Sugar Ray Robinson award for the 2013 Fighter Of The Year from the Boxing Writers Association of America.

“All of this is history that we all are experiencing, now. I personally feel that there will be other fighters who come along, but that there will never, ever be another Floyd Mayweather,” said Ellerbe. “We’re witnessing history, and, Floyd made an interesting comment at the round table yesterday that this very well could be his last fight. I’m shocked. It was news to me.”

Last September, Mayweather dethroned Canelo Alvarez by majority decision for the RING and WBC 154-pound championships in a bout that became the highest-grossing boxing event of all time with nearly $150 million in revenue reported. Mayweather earned a career-high guaranteed purse of $41.5 million against Alvarez,

Schaefer projects Saturday’s bout to produce the fourth highest gate behind Mayweather-Canelo, Mayweather’s split-decision victory over Oscar De La Hoya in May 2007, and Lennox Lewis’ unanimous decision over Evander Holyfield in November 1999 — all of which were in Las Vegas.

Mayweather is bound for the Hall of Fame, having won eight title belts over five divisions. The 37-year-old is not only the sports’ highest paid boxer, but also, the highest paid athlete over the past three years, having parlayed that into a successful promotional company named for him.

Mayweather will pocket a guaranteed $32 million purse against $1.5 for Maidana, according to the Nevada State Athletic Commission, the same as he took in his unanimous decision victories over Miguel Cotto and Robert Guerrero in May of 2012, and, May of 2013, respectively.

Mayweather’s promotional company has several fighters, one of whom, Ishe Smith, briefly held the IBF’s junior middleweight belt. Mayweather has been named the highest-paid American athlete for the past two years.

Including the fight with Maidana (35-3, 31 KOs), Mayweather has just three fights left on a contract he has signed with Showtime, meaning he was scheduled to end his career in the fall of 2015.

“Obviously, we have a long term deal with our partners, Showtime, but we never know,” said Ellerbe. “Come Saturday night, this could be it.”

Mayweather also insisted that Maidana could represent the last bout of his career.

“Why wouldn’t I walk way? As a human being and as a man, I can do what I want to do with my career. It’s not really hard. If I choose to walk away, I’ll walk away. It’s just me being a human being. If I feel like walking away, then I’ll walk away. I didn’t say that I had health problems or anything,” said Mayweather.

“If I feel like walking away, then I’ll walk away. If an artist wants to stop painting, then he stops painting. It’s like, ‘I’ve reached my limit. I’m in my prime at almost 40? What was I when I was 20? I’m thinking about wanting to settle down, get married and have a family. I want to get married.”

MAYWEATHER DONATES TO BREAST CANCER FOUNDATION

“Floyd has decided to bring 46 breast cancer survivors, along with their guests, out to our fight on Saturday night,” said Ellerbe. “He’ll be making a donation to the Susan G. Komen Foundation on behalf of that, and, also, he’s donating this amount for all of the survivors to purchase wigs.”

Mayweather donated $15,000 to the Susan G. Komen Foundation toward treatment of breast cancer, and also, invited 46 women who have been affected by breast cancer as guests to Saturday night’s fight.

“The cancer, you know, some of the females in my family have had breast cancer and cancer, period. My auntie, my dad’s sister, was the first person in my family that died of breast cancer,” said Mayweather.

“So this is fight No. 46 for me. This is my 46th fight, so I decided to bring 46 women who have had breast cancer to my fight, and buy them all new wigs. I’ve got a heart and I am passionate. I didn’t get here by myself.”

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Best I’ve Faced: Paul Williams

By Doug Fischer

Paul Williams (left) and Winky Wright trade blows in the fourth round of their middleweight bout at the Mandalay Bay Events Center on April 11, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nev. Williams won by unanimous decision. Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images

Paul Williams (left) and Winky Wright trade blows in the fourth round of their middleweight bout at the Mandalay Bay Events Center on April 11, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nev. Williams won by unanimous decision. Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images

Paul Williams was involved in a career-ending, life-altering motorcycle accident on the morning of May 27, 2012. The former two-time welterweight titleholder was thrown from his bike, landed on his back, and was left paralyzed from the waist down.

Williams, who was scheduled to fight Canelo Alvarez in September of 2012, saw his career – which included impressive victories at welterweight, junior middleweight and middleweight – come to an abrupt end.

However, Williams, who will receive the Boxing Writers Association of America’s Bill Crawford Award for “Courage in Overcoming Adversity” at the annual BWAA award dinner on Thursday in Las Vegas, hasn’t allowed his spirit to be broken by the tragic accident.

“My mindset is still the same as when I was fighting,” the humble Georgia native told RingTV.com. “When I lost my first fight, that’s the way the cooking crumbles. When I got knocked out, the same. So when I got hurt on the bike, I look at it the same way. If I’d been in a car, what I gonna do, be scared to get in the car again? That’s the way the cookie crumbles.

“So I can’t get mad about it and be all depressed (because) I can’t walk and do stuff (the way) I used to do, then I’ve got two problems: I’m mad and upset. I can’t deal with that.”

Closing on two years after the accident, Williams appears to be in a good place. “The Punisher” saved much of his ring earnings, ploughing the money into real estate and property.

“A lot of fighters don’t save their money, the money comes and goes,” he said. “I don’t have my share of millions but walking around with a hundred thousand in your pocket (makes) you feel good. You can buy cars. My manager was like ‘You want asset, not liability.’ So I started to buy property. Fortunately, when it came (the accident) I was able to fall back on my property and that’s what I’m doing right now. I’m not The Punisher no more, I’m The Landlord (laughs).”

Williams remains very active, sometimes heading to the gym where he hits the heavy bag. Recently, he’s even done some deer hunting.

As a boxer Williams, who finished his career with a 41-2 (27 knockouts) record, will long be remembered for his old-school, warrior mentality that saw him look to challenge himself against the very best from 147 to 160 pounds.

Now 32 years old, Williams lives with his fiancée and their three children. He graciously took time from his schedule to speak with RingTV.com for the “Best I Faced” series.

Best Overall – Sergio Martinez – I’d say (Sergio) Martinez because he was the only one who could knock me out! Basically, it wasn’t anything special what he did in the ring. He was more an elusive fighter, a fighter that’s on the run all the time, jumping in and jumping out.

Best Boxer – Terrence Cauthen – I would say probably Terrence Cauthen. That was like my first time fighting a boxer that was ranked. It was an experience. A lot of fighters don’t know how to deal with a fighter who’s ranked if it’s your first fight (at that level). He’s doing a lot of slick boxing stuff.

Best Jab – Winky Wright – That night it was like he was trying to prove something. His punches were a lot stiffer and like he was trying to throw hard shots. He was always defense, defense, defense but that night he was trying to be more than defense.

Best Defense Really I can’t say nobody ‘cause I’m getting through their defense. I’m gonna keep throwing! I really can’t say.

Best Chin – Antonio Margarito – He had a solid chin that night.

Best Puncher – Walter Matthysse – That was the first time when I got hit, my whole body felt numb. The crowd went real low (to me). I was like “Wow.” I moved around and could hear the crowd getting loud(er) and my body getting back (to) regular.

With Martinez, he was a fighter who I take my hat off to. He was the only one who beat me (like that). I respect him. The first fight was a war. The first couple of rounds I was losing but I had to adapt. It was a straight dog fight. I tried to make the second fight the same way but it didn’t happen that way.

Fastest Hands I never really caught on to it like that, who had the fastest hands. I fought a couple of guys who had faster hands than Martinez. Martinez was a mover, he’d jump in jump out but I fought fighters who stood in front of you and they’d punch with you, like (Erislandy) Lara, he had fast hands. With that fight I want to get that stuff straight. I allowed that stuff to happen, for me coming back from getting knocked out. I wanted to see whether I was gonna be a gunshy fighter or would I be able to still go out and get hit like I did before. That was my mindset, I’m gonna go and fight like I always did. He hit me with the punches, and people said “You got hit with punches you shouldn’t of,” but in my eyes nothing happened.

Fastest Feet – Erislandy Lara and Sergio Martinez – They both in the same boat, it’s a tie with the fastest feet. I don’t like those runners.

Smartest – Verno Phillips – He knew when to get out, he knew he had no more in the tank left so why go out there and push the issue and fight this younger guy. He knew it was a dangerous move. Some punches he would throw and stuff, and some of the stuff he was saying, I was catching on to. I could see it was like basically he was trying to coach you while fighting you.

Strongest – Antonio Margarito – His punches, they were like a solid thump. Every punch he hit you with was a solid thump, you’re gonna feel it.


Questions and/or comments can be sent to Anson at elraincoat@live.co.uk and you can follow him at www.twitter.com/AnsonWainwright

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Arbitrator upholds promoter’s deal with Ward

By Dan Rafael For the second time in 10 months, the California State Athletic Commission upheld promoter Dan Goossen’s promotional contract with super middleweight champion Andre Ward, who has been seeking to terminate the agreement.

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Goossen Statement on Andre Ward

By Togorashi Promoter Dan Goossen has commented on the California State Athletic Commission ruling today, declaring his contract with Andre Ward “valid” and extended to November 2016. “It’s now time to sit down with Andre and his advisors to put these legal …

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CSAC upholds Goossen Tutor’s contract with Andre Ward

By Doug Fischer

The California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) upheld the contract between Goossen Tutor Promotions, and RING super middleweight champ Andre Ward, the Sherman Oaks, Calif.-based promotional company announced on Wednesday.

Ward, claiming that the contract was invalid for numerous reasons, has been inactive so far in 2014 as he’s tried to sever ties with Goossen Tutor. However, the CSAC’s arbitrator, Andy Foster, Executive Director for the state agency, ruled that the contract is valid through to Nov. 8, 2016.

In June 2013, in a prior arbitration initiated by Ward, the arbitrator also ruled Goossen’s contract “valid.” But, coming up with a new theory, Ward tried again in December 2013 to have the contract held invalid.

“It’s now time to sit down with Andre and his advisors to put these legal disputes behind us and concentrate on getting Andre back to fighting consistently, inside the ring,” Goossen Tutor president Dan Goossen stated in the press release. “Andre and I have had success together; and there’s no reason not to get back on track as a team to secure his status as the top fighter in the world behind Floyd Mayweather.”

Bert Fields, who argued the case for Goossen, stated: “Of course I’m pleased with the decision. It was the right result both morally and legally. Ward’s a great fighter; but it was Goossen who helped build his professional career and put him in position to command the really big bucks.”

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