Monday, March 22, 2010
Mayweather vs Mosley
Pittsburgh Fight Sports Examiner | Scott Heritage
Many tend to think Floyd Mayweather says the things he does purely because an out of control ego.
As the build up to his May bout with Shane Mosley continues however, Mayweather is perhaps revealing a more genuine side to his character.
In many recent interviews, Mayweather's often offensive and derisory comments have provoked outrage from fans and media figures alike.
Many of these were pertaining to his arch rival Manny Pacquiao, who generally tends not to dignify most of the insults with a response.
As most suspected, the main motivation for Mayweather is money, but perhaps not for the reason most assumed.
Speaking to HBO, Mayweather revealed:
"Who wants a million dollar face with a few dollars in their pockets. People don't know what I went through in life. My mother was on drugs. I never had a stable home. My dad went to prison. I want my kids to have something. Like I said before, when it's all said and done - all belts do is collect dust."
Few could fault Floyd for wanting his own children to have a better upbringing than he had though, even if he isn't necessarily going about it the right way.
Fighting whoever will give him the biggest pay day and saying titles are meaningless are one thing, but allegedly having a friend shoot at someone outside an ice skating rink in Las Vegas or getting into feuds with rappers at nightclubs doesn't quite fit in with wanting his kids to have a stable home life.
The real Floyd Mayweather is seemingly a slippery character to get hold of, is he the family man he likes to talk about or the trash talking gangster persona he tends to display in public and against his opponents?
Perhaps we'll never know for sure.
Shaun Webber, Pittsburgh PA: "Mayweather is the product of his upbringing the same as everyone else. Living with a drug addict and his father, well we all know what he's like, how can anyone expect Floyd to be any other way?"
Colin Platt, Pittsburgh PA: "The thing about Floyd is that he can't decide what he wants to be. One minute he wants fans and the next he says he only fights for the money and himself. One minute he says he's a family man and then he's hanging out with rappers and getting into stupid trouble for no reason"
Boris Taylor, Pittsburgh PA: "Mayweather isn't the first fighter who had a bad time growing up. Didn't Pacquiao's relative eat his dog? And he doesn't go around having his friends shoot at people"