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Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Larry Merchant Fight After the Fight (Video)

Floyd Mayweather Jr. beat Victor Ortiz with a fourth-round knockout Saturday night in Las Vegas in what will undoubtedly be the most controversial win of his career. Seconds after taking an intentional headbutt from Ortiz, Floyd sucker-punched Ortiz in the face twice. Ortiz went down after the second punch and was out for the count. The fight was short, sad, and incomplete. But whatever entertainment the actual fight lacked was made up for in the post-fight interview between Larry Merchant and Floyd Mayweather Jr.

Larry asked Floyd to describe what went on at the end of the fight and Floyd just wanted to promote. Floyd didn’t want to talk about whether or not his shot was dirty, and when Larry asked him a serious question, Floyd cut him off.

“You never give me a fair shake,” Floyd shouted at Merchant. “You never give me a fair shake! HBO needs to fire you — you don’t know s*** about boxing! You ain’t s***. You got s***!” Floyd bellowed.

“I wish I was 50 years younger and I’d kick your ass,” Merchant retorted.

Here is a video of their exchange:

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Victor Ortiz’s Trainer Wants Floyd Mayweather Jr. to Fight Cleanly

Victor Ortiz and Floyd Mayweather Jr. will fight Saturday night in Las Vegas, with Victor’s belt, and Floyd’s perfect record, both on the line. There isn’t much hate between the fighters, and the only real controversy came from Mayweather who was upset with the way HBO’s 24/7 series was edited. About the only trash talk I heard came at Thursday’s press conference.

When Ortiz’s trainer, Danny Garcia, took the podium, he asked Floyd to fight cleanly. The implication was that Floyd is generally dirty — something I hadn’t previously heard.

“I want you to fight a clean fight. That is all I ask,” Garcia said. “You hold your elbows up and you throw your elbows. We want a clean fight.”

Mayweather shrugged off the comment, saying “We are in the ring hitting each other. It is a fight. There is no such thing as a clean fight.”

As I said, I never heard fighters complain that Floyd was dirty. In general, he doesn’t engage closely enough to use nasty tricks like headbutts in the ring. Maybe this was Garcia’s way of trying to get something in Floyd’s head. If that was the case, it’s not a bad idea — Victor needs all the help he can get to have an edge in the ring.

Floyd Mayweather Jr. Caught Backtracking on Manny Pacquiao Promise

Floyd Mayweather Jr. has been roundly criticized for ducking Manny Pacquiao. I frequently defended Mayweather’s stance while directing the blame to Pacquiao for refusing to take random drug tests without a cutoff date. Things have changed because Pacquiao reportedly is now willing to take the tests without a cutoff date.

The timing seems perfect, because in June, Floyd said he “absolutely” wanted to fight Pac-Man after Victor Ortiz. Predictably, Mayweather is backing off that claim. He’s also denying he ever said it. Luckily we have video evidence pointing to the contrary:

If you didn’t already have trouble believing anything Floyd Mayweather Jr. says, this should leave no doubt. The guy straight up lied to the media and then tried to say the media was twisting his words. Floyd, keep your mouth shut next time and don’t make promises if you’re unable to live up to them. We’re sick of it.

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Floyd Mayweather Jr. Says He Trains Harder Now Than When He Was Younger

Based on how much we rag on Floyd Mayweather Jr. here at LBS, it’s easy to forget that the guy is a fantastic athlete. He is undefeated and considered by many to be the top pound-for-pound fighter in the world. But Floyd doesn’t get by solely on pure talent; he works extremely hard to maintain his status as an elite boxer.

Speaking to troops in Afghanistan over Skype Monday, Mayweather was asked about his training regime. That’s when he explained why he works so hard now.

“When I was beating these fighters early on in my career… I trained, but I didn’t train as hard as I train now because, you know, on the plateau that I’m on I know everyone is gunning for me,” he said.

He was also asked how he stays motivated to remain near his fighting weight year-round.

“My Uncle Roger Mayweather [told me this from the beginning]. When you get into the sport of boxing, it’s a lifetime commitment, why not be responsible?”

Floyd captures our attention by attacking opponents, companies, or societal views with his opinions. That type of behavior makes him an unlikable character, but you have to respect him for the work he puts in. He’s dedicated to his craft and that’s a big reason he’s undefeated.

Floyd Mayweather Jr. Upset with HBO 24/7

Life wouldn’t be normal if Floyd Mayweather Jr. didn’t have a complaint about something. The boxer’s latest issue is with HBO and the way the second episode of 24/7 Mayweather/Ortiz was edited. Mayweather made his feelings clear via Twitter.

“I was very unhappy with the second episode of 24/7,” he wrote on Twitter. “HBO needs a new editor. The network does not show the real entertainment. HBO needs to give the viewers what they deserve because 24/7 is a highly anticipated show and I don’t want to disappoint the viewers.”

I can understand where Floyd is coming from with that complaint. Compared to the first episode where Floyd and his father nearly threw down, this episode was fairly tame (read: lame). I could have done without the scene following Roger Mayweather to his anger management meeting, and overall the episode just lacked intrigue.

But Floyd’s complaints didn’t end with HBO. If they’re not going to do their job on 24/7 to create a controversy, then Floyd will do his part to create buzz. He turned his attention to Victor Ortiz and Oscar de la Hoya.

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Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s Face Provides Daily Inspiration for Victor Ortiz

Victor Ortiz opened his training camp to the media Tuesday to show the world how he’s preparing for his September 17th fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr. LBS was on hand to see how Ortiz looked and came away impressed by his physical condition. Spending some time in the Knuckleheadz Gym in Ventura, Ca. the cardboard addition to one of the heavy bags stood out. Turns out Ortiz has been taking aim at Money’s mug during his training:

One of Ortiz’s cornermen was particularly proud of the Mayweather bag, saying Victor hits it everyday.

Ortiz was his usual affable self, spending time with children from the Big Brothers and Big Sisters program prior to his media workout. He cracked jokes, asked them personal questions, and related to them on an individual level. To give you a flavor of their conversation, when Ortiz asked what they wanted to do when they get older, one answered “Go to a strip club!”

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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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