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Monday, April 12, 2010

Mayweather’s lack of soul dominates “24/7” as hype for Mosley match intensifies

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SF Boxing Examiner | Colin Seymour

No one probing Floyd Mayweather Jr. on HBO’s 24/7 will detect any human growth hormone. Or any human growth. Or perhaps any human at all.

What a piece of work this guy is. United States Drug-Testing Agency enforcers can poke all they want, but Mayweather himself freely reveals how little substance flows beneath his wiring and electrodes.

“Whoever’s sitting down, right now at home, watching 24/7, you can have your own opinions about me. . . .but you don’t know me,” Mayweather says at the outset of HBO’s current hype for his May 1 welterweight pay-per-view bout with Shane Mosley. “And before you judge me, first look at your situation and where you’re at and clear your own problems up before you worry about my problems, because I’m OK.”

That’s a bunch of merde, Floyd. Nobody cares about my situation enough to broadcast it on 24/7. This is about you and your utter lack of soul. It’s a charge you fail to contradict with your every utterance on 24/7.

Floyd Mayweather Jr. makes Sonny Liston and Mike “I’m gonna eat your children” Tyson look like St. Francis of Assisi and Dr. Schweitzer. Even those who like Mayweather’s defense-first style (as I do) and even those who think he’s the best pound-for-pound fighter (as I, alas, do) can’t possibly like him after watching any episode of 24/7 involving him.

Mayweather’s sudden preoccupation with fighting steroids abuse in boxing fits a hypocritical pattern, and not just because its advent seemed to coincide with his prospects for fighting Manny Pacquiao. Mayweather found an excuse not to fight Mosley in his prime, too, but he’s ready now that Mosley is 38.

Mayweather’s jibes at Mosley’s age are relatively funny amid the steroids testing and trash talk that dominate the 24/7 opener. “The kid got a jheri curl,” the pig-shaved Mayweather exaggerates. “C’mon, it’s 2010. That kid must have woke up in that hot-tub time machine.”

That’s relatively low-level toxicity by Floyd’s standards.We’ll have to paraphrase the f-bombs that permeate most pronouncements by this man who claims to be “cleaning the sport up” with his sanctimonious steroids-testing campaign -- Mosley’s contrite confession to a federal panel that he “unknowingly” used steroids in 2003 not withstanding.

That issue apparently has nothing to do with Mayweather’s denial of Mosley’s claim that a younger Floyd proclaimed Mosley his role model.

“How (would) I want to be like you?” Mayweather hisses, citing his “record” pay-per-view numbers and his intermittent pound-for-pound ascendancy. “I’m the face of boxing,” he boasts with vitriol, and “everybody in the fight game wants to be like the Uno.”

No, they don’t want to be like your hollow self, Floyd. It’s a trait never more evident than when you address whether you’re a mercenary.

“Shane Mosley says Floyd Mayweather fights for money. You (effin’) dummy! I’m a prizefighter. That’s what I’m supposed to fight for. A prize! Duh!!”

That, too, Floyd, but it’s all supposed to mean more than that -- which is exactly why the gentleman Pacquiao declined to fight you. Precisely why.

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