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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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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