Former boxer Ricky Hatton has an unreal story about Floyd Mayweather Jr. that is just so good it’s almost unbelievable.
Hatton, who was undefeated until Mayweather knocked him out in the 10th round of their 2007 fight (back when Floyd actually hit his opponents), has written a new book and an anecdote he told about the undefeated boxer stands out.
According to Hatton, he was flying to New York for a promotional event and that’s when things got interesting.
Below is an excerpt from the book via the Sun Times:
A few minutes into the the journey, we’re chatting away, having a drink when the pilot gestures to me to come forward. ‘Hey Ricky, listen to this idiot.’
He turns on the speaker and over the radio I hear Floyd arguing with the pilot of his plane behind: “I’m not letting that motherf—er get there before me, f—ing overtake them!”
“We can’t do that, Sir.”
“Overtake that motherf*cker – I’m the champ! I’ve got to get to New York first. I’ll pay whatever you want.”
Like I said, that story is so ridiculous it would be unbelievable if it weren’t about such an egotistical guy like Floyd. Seriously though, that is the ultimate “Hollywood” story. My dad used to work at Warner Brothers and tells this great tale about the time a famous actress made the workers get out a tape measure to ensure her trailer was as big as that of another famous actress who was working on the lot at the same time. A freaking tape measure.
Stars, man, something weird happens to them and their egos when they get that famous.
After reading this story, it’s no surprise why the fight between Floyd and Pacquiao took forever to make and negotiate. Who gets introduced first and whose name is the highest or brightest on the marquee really matters to these guys. Given all this information, maybe Mike Tyson was telling the truth when he said this about Floyd.
H/T Bloody Elbow