Some fights, no matter the demand and no matter the money, just don't happen. Mayweather-Pacquiao was the most talked about fight in boxing history that never happened, but even with Pacquiao's defeat to Marquez, there are still fans that call for the fight. In part 2 of my "On The Ropes" interview with Jeff Mayweather, Jeff gives his thoughts on the fight that never happened and also gives his views on whether he believes boxing fans still want to see that fight. In addition "Jazzy" Jeff talks about how he thinks Pacquiao would of done against his nephew and where he sees Pacquiao’s future coming off a knock out loss to Juan Manuel Marquez. Here is what Jeff Mayweather had to say.
Jenna J: Jeff, you occasionally work in the gym and I’m sure you give some pointers to Floyd. How much of an influence do you have compared to Roger and Sr. when it comes to Floyds training?
Jeff Mayweather: Well I mean when it comes to the training that’s not really my forte or anything, but the one thing is when Floyd is sparring, a lot of times he looks at me and I don’t really even say nothing but every once in a while I just say something and he does it. It’s almost simultaneously, it’s almost like he’s reading my mind. I’ll say “throw this punch” and even before I can get it out of my mouth he’s doing it, so he’s seeing the exact same things that I’m seeing when he’s in the ring. For me it’s just supporting my nephew, I’m not really a part of the camp, the strategies or things like that.
Jenna: Alright Jeff, recently I had a chance to speak to Freddie Roach, he came on the show and at the end I asked him if there was any dream fight for any of his fighters, what would that fight be. And he said “I’d like to see still the biggest fight in the world, Mayweather vs. Pacquiao.” I’m curious, do you think fans still want to see that fight, do you think Floyd would ever have interest after Pacquiao’s loss?
Mayweather: No I don’t think so, I think the fight is meaningless now. I think that it’s one of those situations in which Pacquiao had a chance to take the fight and he chose not to. They can point the finger all they want to, but Floyd offered him 40 million dollars. Maybe it was Bob (Arum) that turned it down, or whatever the case may be, but if you’re a fighter, you have enough power to say “Look, I want this fight” and you didn’t do it, you don’t deserve the fight.
What does it mean now? The fight only means something to Pacquiao fans, it doesn’t mean nothing to anyone else. If you’re not a Pacquiao fan, you don’t even care about it and if you are a Pacquiao fan, you’re not being honest with yourself because the reality is this, Pacquiao really has no chance of beating Floyd and in all honesty he never had a chance. It’s just the fact that he became a real hot fighter, he was on a roll so basically everybody wanted to demand that fight, and like I said, the fight could have happened. But there was two things, first of all Pacquiao didn’t want to take a test and secondly, Pacquiao turned down 40 million. Do you have what it takes to make a big fight happen? If it’s what the public’s demanding, step up.
Jenna: Now Jeff, you mentioned the testing being an issue for that fight. Why do you think Pacquiao did not want to take the test.
Mayweather: As far as like taking a test, to me, that’s just like me personally, I never drink, smoke or did anything like that in my life, but that doesn’t mean that I can’t be perceived as drunk because I can be tired, driving my car sometimes late at night, I’m swerving because I’m tired not because I’m drunk or intoxicated but I know for a fact as soon as the police stop me I’m gonna wake up and when I wake up the first thing that comes to mind is this, I’m gonna be bold about them testing me because I know there’s nothing they can find in my system. But when you make a big deal, that creates questions.
Me personally I’m not gonna ever say that Pacquiao did this or Pacquiao did that but when somebody asks you to take a test, there’s red flags if you say no. If you have nothing to hide, you become bold about it, you stand up and say “Look, please test me,” I want to show everybody that there is no problem, I have nothing to hide. But that’s basically a dead issue, like I said, those were two great opportunities for the fight to happen and that would have happened long before Pacquaio got knocked out by (Juan Manuel) Marquez, or before he started looking like he wasn’t the same fighter anymore.
Jenna: Do you think Pacquiao can even come back from that kind of devastating KO, to get knocked out the way he was and he’s fighting Brandon Rios next, what do you expect to happen there?
Mayweather: It’s one of those situations in which some fighters have resiliency and I would say maybe if Pacquiao probably hadn’t have gotten knocked out, cause Pacquiao’s getting older, he’s not getting younger. And that’s the thing when a guy gets knocked out and he’s closer towards the end of his career than in the middle or the beginning, it’s a big difference. No one really knows if Pacquiao’s gonna be able to come back. Rios is a very, very tough fight for him, Rios is a tough fight for anyone. That’s gonna be a fight where neither guy has great defense. Pacquiao has tremendous hand speed, he has a great advantage in that department, but they are both gonna be getting hit, so I don’t know, but it’s a good comeback fight for Pacquaio I think. It could be if he can rise above it but if not then of course his career is over with, and he might as well go into politics.