Floyd Mayweather not bothering with trash talk for Canelo Alvarez

Floyd Mayweather Canelo Alvarez

Floyd Mayweather Jr. is a masterful self-promoter, but he is not necessarily known as a huge trash talker. Sure, he’ll trash talk plenty if it’s called for, but he has been pretty respectful of opponents in the past. Why is that? Because he hand picks his opponents and only fights guys he knows he can beat. Most of his trash talk is reserved for guys he’s really afraid of, like Manny Pacquiao.

Those following the buildup for Mayweather’s fight on Saturday against Canelo Alvarez know that Money hasn’t been bringing the trash talk. Aforementioned reasons have a lot to do with that — Mayweather just isn’t too worried about Canelo. But another reason he hasn’t been too vocal is simple logistics.

“The kid can’t speak English,” Mayweather explained to ESPN’s Tim Keown. “He wouldn’t know what I was saying anyway, so what’s the point?”

There’s more to it than just that. Mayweather has been able to accomplish something that few others can: he has mastered the art of making himself a villain without becoming a villain to his opponent. By being cocky, boastful, and unlikable, he gets fans to buy his fights because they want to see him knocked out. He doesn’t need to play off another person to sell a storyline; he sells himself.

The amazing part of Floyd’s plan is that it helps him disarm his opponents.

All of Floyd’s opponents are enjoying their biggest pay day and publicity rush they will ever have. How can they really be mad at Mayweather when the undefeated boxer is helping to build their career and lifetime savings? Mayweather is truly brilliant in this manner.

Alvarez was asked about Mayweather’s lack of trash talk leading up to their fight, and he offered an explanation.

“I think it’s because his other opponents want to talk trash. I respect everyone except when we get in the ring.”

When you have two guys being passive towards each other, there aren’t many fireworks. But none are needed; enough people want to watch Floyd fight to see if this will finally be the time he loses. And Canelo has so many Mexican fans who watch his fights, he already has a built-in audience. No phony trash talk has been needed for this one; it sells itself.

WBC made solid gold belt for Mayweather-Alvarez winner

WBC gold belt

Boxing organizations such as the WBC are absolutely meaningless. They are b.s. organizations with b.s. rules, b.s. champions and b.s. contenders. Oh, and they’re all on the payroll of promoters, too. But we have to give credit where it’s due — the WBC did do something very cool for the Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Canelo Alvarez fight. They created a solid gold belt to award the winner of Saturday’s bout.

WBC President Jose Sulaiman showed the belt off to the media on Tuesday. Here are the specs on the belt:

The green and gold belt, which was designed by a Mexican artisan, measures 1.28 meters in length by 30 centimeters in height and is made of pure gold and Italian leather. It also includes the Mexico Tourism logo, which will mark the winner as an ambassador of Mexico, not only in Mexico, but throughout the world.

The Mexican tourism logo and the Mexican flag are on the belt huh? What, are they anticipating a Canelo win or something?

“The WBC has produced a very special belt for this occasion,” Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaeffer said of the belt. “It’s a first time that they have melted a big gold bar into the belt. This is a belt made of pure gold.”

below is another look at the badboy:

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Floyd Mayweather Jr. sued for allegedly not paying for Game 7 courtside seats

floyd-mayweather-jrHere’s something you probably never thought you would hear — Floyd Mayweather Jr. skipped out on a bill. At least, that is what a lawsuit filed by entertainment company White Glove International is claiming.

TMZ reported on Tuesday that the lawsuit claims Mayweather hired White Glove on June 20th to purchase four tickets to Game 7 of the NBA Finals between the Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs. The game took place that same day, and White Glove alleges that the four tickets cost $80,000 total. Mayweather supposedly has not paid the tab, so he is being sued for the $80,000 plus interest.

According to their website, White Glove International is a VIP lifestyle management firm that gives clients access to premium sporting events and concerts around the world. I’m guessing Mayweather deals with plenty of companies like it.

We are used to telling you about how Floyd only wears boxer shorts once and wears a treasure chest of jewelry around his neck, so hearing that he failed to pay an $80,000 bill — which would be like us skimping someone out of $5 — is a bit strange. Maybe The Money Team has beef with White Glove.

Kobe Bryant has a Vino Club and there are only four members

Kobe BryantIf you thought the Skull and Bones or Illuminati were the most exclusive clubs in the country, you were wrong. That distinction belongs to “Vino Club,” which is a group of elite entertainers, whose membership is determined by Vino himself — Kobe Bryant.

And Bryant inducted a new member on Thursday night.

After watching Peyton Manning tie an NFL record with seven touchdown passes in the Denver Broncos’ 49-27 win over the Baltimore Ravens, Kobe inducted the four-time NFL MVP into the club:

As you can see, the other members are Justin Timberlake and Floyd Mayweather Jr. Timberlake doesn’t exactly fit in because he’s not an athlete, but he is an elite entertainer.

The one thing the three athletes have in common is that they are all older and still dominant in their respective sports. Kobe is 35 and averaged 30 points per game last season; Mayweather is 36 and remains undefeated at 44-0; Manning is 37 and still one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL.

Mayweather has his own crew — The Money Team — but he more than embraces his spot in Vino Club. Check out this Instagram post he made:

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Floyd Mayweather only wears boxers once

Floyd MayweatherFloyd Mayweather Jr. is nicknamed “Money” for very good reasons. The guy is always flossing his cash, showing off his jewelry and cars, partying, and living the VIP lifestyle. But there are some things he does that just shows his wealth is on another level.

Tim Keown wrote an excellent profile on Mayweather for ESPN The Magazine that I encourage fans to read. The article discusses many of Mayweather’s quirks and sheds some light on how he and his “Money Team” operate. For instance, Mayweather loves the heat and likes to keep all his rooms hot — even hotter than the weather outdoors in Las Vegas. He does not operate with a set schedule and his entourage members are available to him for whatever he wants, whenever he wants. And then there are some of his fascinating spending habits.

We’ll let Keown take it from here:

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Floyd Mayweather has new girlfriend from The Money Team?

Floyd Mayweather Queen Princess Love

Floyd Mayweather Jr. has many women in his life, but it looks like he may have a new one that’s earning the top spot in his rotation.

We told you earlier in the month that it looked like Money’s relationship with fiancee Shantel Jackson was over, and that still appears to be the case. That means Mayweather has the ability to romance other women with gifts and whatnot, not that being in a relationship stopped him before.

So who is his number one lady right now? She goes by the name of Queen Princess Love on Instagram and is one of the women on The Money Team, as you can see from the picture at the top.

Floyd’s new top lady was sitting ringside for his May fight with Robert Guerrero:

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Canelo Alvarez: Floyd Mayweather will bring out my best

Canelo AlvarezFloyd Mayweather Jr. and Canelo Alvarez are ramping up the promotion for their Sept. 14 fight in Las Vegas, and both hosted media workouts this week. The two fighters appear to be focused, training hard, and well prepared for their opponent. Canelo thinks he will be at his best for the fight, and a wise Mayweather is not overlooking the 23-year-old.

“He’s no pushover; I can’t overlook him,” Mayweather told the media this week. “I just have to go out and execute the game plan and do what I do best. Nothing worries me. I can make adjustments.

“This is a great matchup. He’s a puncher. I’m a sharp boxer. You know, a lot of times I hit these guys and I make them go into survival mode. Even in the Robert Guerrero fight I was looking for the knockout, but I hurt my hand. So I wasn’t impressed with myself — because I didn’t get the knockout. This time around, I’ll be looking for the knockout.”

While Mayweather says he will be looking for the knockout, Alvarez will also be looking to do damage. Canelo has 30 knockouts and feels that his game will be elevated facing the best.

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