Floyd Mayweather Jr. is retired from boxing, but that doesn’t mean he’s retired from talking. The outspoken pugilist gave the first interview of his post-boxing life to The Grand Rapids Press and covered a wide range of topics.
Money Mayweather says he loved playing the role of the villain, and he’s really retired from boxing. His most interesting comments were directed towards HBO’s boxing coverage and the announcers in particular.
Keep in mind that Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Jim Lampley haven’t had the best relationship, so there’s probably an underlying beef leading to Floyd’s comments.
“Even a guy like Jim Lampley, he praises Kelly Pavlik — who has won some good fights, he beat Jermain Taylor twice, we have to give him credit for that — but they talk about Kelly Pavlik, a white fighter, like he’s the second coming Or they go crazy over Manny Pacquiao. But I’m a black fighter. Is it racial? Absolutely. They praise white fighters, they praise Hispanic fighters, whatever. But black fighters, they never praise.”
It’s hard to completely agree with Floyd when you listen to Jim Lampley or Max Kellerman give Lennox Lewis too many compliments during a broadcast. If the action gets too slow it sounds like you’re watching the dating game instead of a boxing match. And Kelly Pavlik deserves the praise he gets. He got off the mat in the second round of his first fight with Jermaine Taylor to knockout Taylor later in the fight. He’s fighting anybody that’s put in front of him and coming out on top.
Floyd wasn’t finished with his criticisms. He wants to know why his legal problems and nightlife get more attention than those of the HBO broadcasting team.
“Jim Lampley, Larry Merchant, Emanuel Steward, they’re always talking about the negative things in my life. But I’ve seen Jim Lampley in the same strip club as me before. They always want to talk about me going to strip clubs, but they don’t want to talk about that.”
“He caught a court case himself, too. But when they catch a case, all they do is take them off the air a couple weeks, then it’s over.”
Floyd may or may not fight again, but his gloves are definitely off when it comes to talking about HBO. I hope Mayweather realizes that if he makes a big comeback it will probably be televised via HBO. He shouldn’t be burning bridges if he’s serious about getting paid $50-$100 mil for one fight.