What a week its been for Floyd Mayweather as he prepares for the ultimate showdown with Manny Pacquiao.
Undoubtedly adding more pressure to himself via the release of ESPN’s feature with Stephen A. Smith — one where he now infamously declares himself superior to Muhammad Ali and Sugar Ray Robinson.
Already under glaring media and fan headlights alike for perceived blasphomy, his father and trainer Floyd Sr. took the opportunity to blast Pacquiao ‘leftover’ and strength/conditioning coach Alex Ariza into what won’t be oblivion.
Floyd Sr., notorious for his disdain of roaches, can’t stand Pacquiao’s now legendary trainer Freddie (the “Joke Coach” as he often refers to him) Roach, and see’s his former Wild Card Gym employee as a useless rat in his son’s camp.
Silent at the press event launching the fight and for much of the pre-fight banter, good ole Sr. has been on a role as of late, declaring that Pacquiao is going to ‘get hit at will’ a week ago before his latest assault on Ariza, someone who is now on his team. How this type of dissension is good for Floyd is anyone’s guess. Take it away Dad…
“He don’t know sh*t anyways, he don’t know anything about no damn boxing, I do know that,” said Mayweather Sr. to OnTheRopesBoxing.com of Ariza.
When asked whether Ariza’s approach and past connection with Pacquiao could make a difference in the fight, Floyd Sr. got even more diabolical in his assessment.
“I know he doesn’t know anything about boxing and he don’t know what to tell anyone anyways. If he does know anything, it’s some dirty sh*t and it’s something that nobody wants to use or hear about. Nobody is into that kind of mess.”
And uh.. What kind of ‘mess’ is that Sir? You don’t think he’s making Floyd stronger?
“Strengthening him? That son of a b*tch ain’t strengthening nobody. He ain’t nobody,” Mayweather Sr. barked. “He’s in there, I can’t say exactly what he’s doing but he ain’t strength training little Floyd.”
Oh. Once again… How does that type of speculation help Floyd on the eve of the biggest fight in his life?
Floyd, appearing on an ESPN segment this morning, reported that he is “much stronger for this fight” and that he feels “better about this fight than the last one”. Sportcenter chose not to address his father’s remarks – or any others – while managing to slide in a brief comment from Floyd about the nature of where things stand between the two irascible personalities (just an observation, but ESPN’s coverage of this fight since the press event has been shaky at best).
“Me and my father, are chemistry is – where it needs to be,” said a guarded Mayweather, who was seen in a friendly reunion photo with 50 Cent yesterday.
We’re all pretty sure that with fight week fast approaching, more drama will unfold for our entertainment in what has been a never ending soap opera.