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Veteran fighters say ‘Father Time’ will pay Mayweather a visit sooner or later

Steve Cofield
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There comes a day when every "Baby-Faced Assassin" or "Pretty Boy" faces a fight he can't win. In the end, no one stays unbeaten against "Father Time."

Floyd Mayweather (41-0) is going to be 35 years old in February. Pair that fact with a long layoff and some other veteran fighters believe Floyd is due for a wake-up call soon.

"Your body starts to shut down, you start settling down," Ray Mancini said. "We change mentally, emotionally, physically. The piss-and-vinegar attitude goes away. The reflexes aren't the same. In training camp, you do seven reps instead of 10, and think, 'Don't worry about it.' But you're not pushing yourself the same, and you pay for it."

Mancini got old very quickly on. By his 24th birthday, he'd fought 32 times. He attempted a comeback at 28 and had little left from a motivational standpoint. Mancini says he couldn't overcome the mental battle of advanced age.

Oscar De La Hoya says for him it was the physical struggle.{ysp:more}

"It's a whole new ballgame, and Floyd's going to find that out now that he's 34," De La Hoya said. "Things start happening at 34. Your muscle mass is not the same. You make weight easier, but that's not a good thing because you have less muscle."

DLH pointed out that Mayweather looked a bit small at the 30-day weight. Mayweather's never been a huge welterweight or someone who cut a bunch of weight, but it was an eye opener to see Floyd step on the scale at just 149 pounds.

Mayweather isn't buying any of it, suggesting the old age stuff doesn't apply to him. Because of his fighting style, he's well preserved.

"I'm still here because I haven't been in any toe-to-toe wars," he explains. "I think when a fighter's in a toe-to-toe war, it's wear and tear on the body. I haven't taken any abuse, so I thank God for blessing me with this great defense," Mayweather told FightNews.

Mayweather also says ring rust will be a non-factor. Several long layoffs between fights have actually turned out to be incredibly beneficial.

"I've been dominating the fight game since Victor Ortiz was nine years old until now and I'm still sharp," he barks. "I've taken these long layoffs and continued to dominate. For certain fighters it can help, for others it can hurt. I've been active since 1987 so it's okay for me to take a break."

Mayweather looks to move to 42-0 on Saturday. Victor Ortiz, 24, hopes Father Time's in his corner as he tries to become the guy who removed Mayweather's "O."

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