While in Bristol, CT yesterday visiting ESPN, Floyd Mayweather sat down with Brian Campbell to discuss a number of hot topics around the boxing world via Facebook Live. Here’s some low-lights on what he had to say & my response to a mind as feeble as his boxing skills were great…
On Brian Campbell giving Andre Ward his #1 Pound-for-Pound ranking:
“No, no! No, we not gonna do that…I like Andre Ward, but one thing about me, I call a spade a spade. He didn’t win…”
Well he did – as boxing is scored on a round basis – & Sergey Kovalev (in his own division) became less and less accurate as the rounds went on the combined wisdom of 1,700 professional fights saw him taking a narrow, unanimous decision.
On who he thinks should be #1 P4P:
“Chocolatito. Chocolatito has to be number one…I mean he hasn’t lost yet and he’s a helluva fighter.”
Name one fighter he has beaten Floyd – he’s unbeaten – but against who? Anyone in the Top 5/10/20/50/100/1000 P4P oh Oracle of Boxing? Didn’t think so…
On who he expects to be the number one guy in 2-3 years time:
“I really think that it’s gonna come down to two fighters. I think that Terence Crawford is going to eventually fight Errol Spence, Keith Thurman, or [Danny] Garcia. Canelo is gonna end up fighting Errol Spence down the line in a big, big fight. I think it’s gonna come down to those two.”
Errol Spence & Terence Crawford COMBINED have the personality of wallpaper – I’m somewhat concerned that an intellect of your stature is anywhere near the summit of world boxing – does not bode well.
On if he thinks Canelo is ducking Golovkin:
“Canelo is not ducking GGG. Canelo will beat GGG…GGG is the same guy that’s getting outboxed by a welterweight, if I’m not mistaken…I know boxing, this is what I do. Nobody in the world knows boxing like me…you name ‘em, I cooked ‘em. Canelo knocks GGG out!”
Your need to be regarded as great in retirement in an area outside of your sphere of specialism – that is, knowledge of any kind – is pathetic, shallow & speaks of a self-esteem inversely proportional to your self-anointed and self-insisted status in the sport. It is never too late to pursue psychological therapy to deal with the manifestations of that very big chip residing on your shoulder buddy.
On Daniel Jacobs bringing Virgil Hunter into his camp:
“Virgil Hunter is not a good trainer, at all. I mean that’s just my honest opinion…At the end of the day, Virgil Hunter, I think he’s a cool guy, he’s a nice guy, but a guy that’s never fought before, that’s never been in a crunch moment. How can he tell you about a crunch moment if he’s never been in a crunch moment? I need a trainer that’s in my corner that’s been in there before and felt contact and knows how it is to be in a fight. I don’t care if it’s an amateur fight. You have to have some type of experience at boxing. So can Virgil Hunter be in my corner? Absolutely not. But do I think he’s a cool guy? Absolutely…Do I like Andre Ward? Yes, I do like Andre Ward. But Andre Ward, we gonna have to make some major changes if you gonna fight [Sergey] Kovalev again. If you gonna fight Kovalev again you got to make some major changes. You gotta go get you a trainer that’s been in the crunch before.”
Angelo Dundee; Gil Clancy; Cus D’Amato; Ray Arcel… ringing any bells?
Cus D’Amato, the renown mentor and trainer of Mike Tyson had only one amateur fight – which he lost. Boxrec.com states that despite D’Amato’s lack of amateur experience, “he never turned pro due to an injury he suffered in a street fight” – not only substantiates D’Amato’s lack of actual ring experience, but also the ease for virtually anyone to procure a professional boxing license.
The point? Simply because someone does not step into the professional ring does that necessarily preclude them from the understanding of combat as history proves to the contrary with many examples. History is also replete with many world class fighters (such as Sugar Ray Leonard and Mike McCallum) who comparatively failed as trainers – as many ex-fighters who become trainers either try to indoctrinate their fighters with their style as oppose to helping them find it or expect their fighters to be able to execute certain skills as well as they did.