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Thursday, April 22, 2010

Mayweather Jr cements legacy as being all about the 'Money'; Floyd doesn't pay WBA sanctioning fees

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Sacramento Fight Sports Examiner | Rick Rockwell

Is it a surprise to anyone that Mayweather Jr only cares about the money? Richard Schaefer, CEO of Golden Boy Promotions, announced today that Mayweather will not be fighting for the WBA welterweight title when he squares off with Shane Mosley on May 1st. Apparently, Mayweather Jr didn’t want to pay the WBA sanctioning fee.

“This is not a WBA championship fight. But on a separate side, we are currently discussing with the WBA, for Shane, that Shane would be defending his belt. But for the purpose of this call, it's basically a non-WBA fight. It's the two best fighters fighting each other, that's what's at stake here." Richard Schaefer, Fanhouse

Now, this should not come as a surprise to anyone especially since Mayweather has been saying that he doesn’t fight for belts he fights for the money.

“Belts only collect dust.”

"I am not only in the fight business; I am in the check cashing business.”

“Shane Mosley says Floyd Mayweather fights for money. You fu*kin dummy. I’m a prizefighters. That’s what I’m supposed to fight for, a prize, duh.” Mayweather Jr, HBO 24/7

Apparently Shane Mosley didn’t read these comments from Mayweather or didn’t truly believe that Mayweather was all about the money. Shane made the following comments:

"I don't know what to think about that. Everybody grows up wanting to fight for a belt and wanting to be a world champion. For him to dismiss it like, 'Oh, I'm bigger than this belt,' that just doesn't seem like he's in this sport for the sport, He's in it just for the money. Which is good, I mean, if he's in it for the money, to each his own. I love the glory and the legendary status of being a champion and winning belts, and beating the best guys out there. If you do that, then, the money's going to come regardless." Shane Mosley,Fanhouse

Billy O’Connors Sacramento, CA “What do you think about Mayweather Jr not fighting for the Shane’s WBA title?”

Honestly, it doesn’t really bother me. Floyd doesn’t pretend that he’s out for anything other than the money. How many interviews has he done where he’s said that he’s all about the money? I don’t understand why people are surprised or upset about it. Floyd wants the big payday not a title. What has Floyd done in his career that would make people think he truly cares about the sport of boxing? This is the same guy who says he’s better than the 2 greatest boxers ever Muhammad Ali and Sugar Ray Robinson. This is also the same guy who says he doesn't care about the fans.

Shane Billings Sacramento, CA “Floyd is a disgrace to boxing when he refuses to fight for the WBA title.”

I can come up with a list of reasons why I think Floyd can be considered a disgrace to boxing, but not fighting for the WBA title isn’t one of them. Floyd wants the money and the undefeated record. Honestly, I think it’s a smart move for Mayweather. He won’t have to make any mandatory title defenses. He can still pick and choose whomever he wants to fight. He can continue to fight only those he thinks will give him a chance to make the money. For Mayweather, this makes sense.

For other fighters that actually care about the sport of boxing and boxing fans, they fight for a title. Like Shane Mosley said “Everybody grows up wanting to fight for a belt and wanting to be a world champion.” Well Shane, apparently everybody but Floyd Mayweather Jr.

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