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Floyd Mayweather Jr. Says Partying Is Part of His Job to Maintain ‘Money’ Image

Floyd Mayweather Jr. has avoided appearing for court-ordered depositions in the defamation suit raised by Manny Pacquiao the last few months. Making matters worse is that Pacquiao’s team argued Floyd chose to party instead of getting deposed. According to TMZ, Mayweather’s lawyers are arguing that he wasn’t avoiding the depositions but rather partying because it’s part of his job.

In the documents, Mayweather’s lawyers reportedly claim the nightclubbing is “not random acts of partying, but calculated promotional events designed to appeal to [Floyd's] fan base and maintain his public presence.”

That was the excuse they used for Floyd missing the depositions in the past. More recently, he’s cited his training regimen as the reason he’s been unavailable.

It’s a creative argument by Mayweather’s legal team to be certain, but it likely will be dismissed by a judge. Floyd does have a public persona to maintain, but there’s no reason he couldn’t take one night off his busy schedule to be deposed. Plus, the whole “maintaining an image” argument brings up a related point.

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Floyd Mayweather Jr. Says He Never Gets His Just Due

Floyd Mayweather Jr. has developed a reputation as one of the bad guys in sports. He’s created a persona where he’s disliked for his behavior but respected for his ability. The big reason he’s the most-watched fighter in boxing is because his fans want to watch him win while his haters want to see him lose; he has both bases covered. No surprise, Floyd has always felt that he doesn’t gets the respect he deserves. In a recent Q&A with the LA Times, he expressed the same sentiment.

Asked if he enjoyed having doubters because it fuels him, Floyd essentially confirmed that was the case. “Everything people say I couldn’t do I’ve done. They said I’ll never be a big pay-per-view star. I’m the biggest out there. They said that Marquez was too small, that Shane Mosley was too old. Mosley wasn’t too old for Antonio Margarito, look who Marquez is fighting [Pacquiao in December]. I never get my just due, but I’m right where I want to be in this sport.”

We’ve said it before that there are some athletes who thrive on hate and doubt, and Floyd is clearly one of them. Guys like Barry Bonds and Gary Sheffield seemed to play their best when the world was against them. It sure appears as if that’s the case with Floyd.

The reality is we’ve picked on Floyd plenty of times at LBS for his bozo behavior outside of the ring. However, you have never once read anything from me criticizing Floyd’s fighting style in the ring. Floyd is the best pound-for-pound fighter of my lifetime and I have nothing bad to say about his boxing career. Maybe he just chooses to ignore the “due” he receives because he needs the hate to succeed. Maybe this is all part of his mental game.

Manny Pacquiao Reportedly Will Take Blood Tests without Cutoff Date

Even though Floyd Mayweather Jr. has been called a chicken for not fighting Manny Pacquiao (and in Michael Irvin’s words, made brothers look bad), the real reason negotiations have always broken down is because Pacquiao would never submit to complete Olympics-style drug testing.

At first, Pacquiao refused to have his blood drawn, citing a fear of needles. Then, his camp said he would submit to a blood test but there had to be a cutoff date prior to the fight (at least 14 days). That’s where most people got the story wrong. Just because Pacquiao was willing to take the blood test doesn’t mean he was open to random testing — his people wanted to have a cutoff date. Apparently that stance has finally changed.

Tucked into Lance Pugmire’s story on Floyd Mayweather Jr., who’s preparing for a September fight with Victor Ortiz, was this important nugget on Pacquiao’s new position.

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Floyd Mayweather Jr. Dreams of Fighting in U.K.

Floyd Mayweather Jr. is returning to boxing next month after taking the past year and a half off. He’s set to face Victor Ortiz on September 17th in Las Vegas. The bout will be distributed by HBO Pay-Per-View to 170 countries, and it will be available both online and on TV in the U.K. From the sound of things, it appears as if Mayweather may want to fight in the U.K. at some point.

“I love all of my British fans and I appreciate all of their support throughout my career,” Mayweather said in a press release distributed by his promoters. “It is my dream to eventually fight in the U.K.”

Those are notable comments for several reasons. First off, Mayweather lives in Las Vegas. All of his fights since 2006 have been in Vegas. He’s never even fought outside the United States. Additionally, outside of Cowboys Stadium hosting a couple of Manny Pacquiao fights recently, Las Vegas is where almost all big fights take place.

I can’t imagine Mayweather fighting abroad but it would be cool to see him build a larger fan base in the U.K. Now that he’s back and fighting, he may try to challenge Manny Pacquiao for global popularity.

Michael Irvin: Floyd Mayweather Jr. Making Brothers Look Bad by Ducking Pacquiao

We’ve been talking about a potential dream fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao for two years. In our first mention of the fight, it was Manny Pacquiao who said he had no interest in the bout. That was a long time ago, because things have changed since then.

Floyd said he had nothing to gain from the fight and demanded Manny Pacquaio take extra drug testing. Pacquiao initially refused, later acquiesced, but he’s always wanted a cutoff date for the testing. Because of his demands, it’s appeared as if Mayweather was ducking the fight. It’s so bad that he’s even been called out by Michael Irvin. Check out this interview the Playmaker gave to Elie Seckbach:

“I like both fighters but I’m telling you right now, I wish Mayweather would go ahead and fight the guy. It makes brothers look bad with all of this running. You know we’re not into the running.”

That’s a pretty funny line, but I back Floyd on this. He’s the one who looks bad because he doesn’t have a loudmouth promoter like Bob Arum controlling the press. If Pacquiao would agree to complete drug testing, this would be on. As it is, it looks like the fight will finally go down early next year.

Floyd Mayweather Jr. and 50 Cent Allegedly in Middle of Vegas Strip Club Throwdown

Floyd Mayweather Jr. and rapper 50 Cent allegedly were in the middle of a Las Vegas strip club all-out brawl late July. A massive fight broke out between 50 or so men and women at the Deja Vu Strip Hop Topless Party and 30 police officers responded to the call. KTNV-TV in Las Vegas obtained the police report from the incident and it alleges that Mayweather was there and that he escalated the situation.

The report alleges that “Mayweather was extremely confrontational and argumentative with several police officers on scene.” It also says that he “challenged multiple citizens and officers to fight.”

Things apparently turned violent when some folks tried to rush the stage to steal the necklace of rapper Nipsey Hussle who was performing. Can’t make this stuff up. The report also says a few people were arrested, and that they had ties to either the Bloods or Crips.

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Dana White: Floyd Mayweather Jr. Is One of the Big Problems in Boxing

Dana White is an outspoken character and his brash attitude has helped build the UFC into the powerful sports organization it is. Though he has several faults and his business lacks in several areas, the UFC is miles ahead of boxing in at least one area: matchmaking. If fans want to see a fight, he makes it happen. Boxing is different; it’s run by individual fighters and promoters. Because of that, Floyd Mayweather Jr. has avoided fighting Manny Pacquiao (and fighting in general). That’s why White says Mayweather is “what’s wrong with boxing.”

Here’s what White had to say during an interview on WFAN in New York this week:

“I’m a huge, huge Manny Pacquiao fan. He is boxing right now. Floyd Mayweather, and Floyd and I go way back and I told Floyd to his face too, Floyd is one of the big problems with boxing. Holding out, not taking this fight with Manny Pacquiao, and doing what he’s doing. I think Manny Pacquiao is boxing. Everything about him is positive and I love the guy.”

Even though White is in the MMA business and has a history with Floyd as Rick Chandler notes, I think White is just being honest. White runs the UFC from a fan’s perspective; he puts on the fights he and they want to see. He doesn’t make those comments because he dislikes boxing (he still watches the top matches), he says it as a fight fan who wants to see the best matchups.

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