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Mayweather, 'Big' Fights, and a Knack for Giving Whacked-Out Interviews

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COMMENTARY | Sometimes, listening to the Mayweathers speak is like watching an episode of The History Channel's Ancient Aliens, the program dedicated to oddball conspiracy theories regarding extraterrestrials and their relationship with mankind's history.

Ancient Aliens usually starts out with a basis in fact, but then gradually expands outward to tin foil hat-ridiculousness until, by show's end, the viewer has no clue as to what's real and what's pure fiction.

There's no denying that there is some brilliance contained within the Mayweather clan. Whether you love them or hate them, these guys know boxing.

Floyd Jr., as much as he sounds like Chris Brown's dimmest roadie whenever he speaks, is a master tactician and technician in the ring. Skills like his don't come easy and getting to his level isn't just a matter of muscle manipulation. There was some hard brain work involved in learning his craft.

Floyd Sr., of course, is all bluster and non sequiturs as a communicator. Every quote-hungry reporter's best friend, Papa Floyd also happens to be a skilled trainer who gave his son, as well as several other high-end fighters, their first lessons in ring strategy.

Usually the sanest, most normal of the bunch (other than Floyd Jr.'s low-profile uncle, Jeff Mayweather) is Roger. More and more, though, Roger is coming dangerously close to Floyd Sr. territory.

Recently, Roger was interviewed by Boxingscene's Chris Robinson and drifted in and out, from semi-lucid championship trainer to gee-it's-hard-to-focus random guy in the gym.

"There's still a lot of money to be made," Mayweather told Robinson when asked about his nephew's upcoming challenges. "Hopefully the fights he's going to have is going to be big, big fights. The next three fights should be big.

"He's still got the hunger for boxing... If he fights guys like [Manny] Pacquiao, [Juan Manuel] Marquez, Timothy Bradley; guys like that. Them are three big, big fights."

For those who don't recall, Mayweather made headlines back in November of last year when he stated that he had participated in a meeting with promoter Bob Arum to discuss bouts pitting Floyd Jr. against both Timothy Bradley and Manny Pacquiao. However, that story was quickly rebuked by Arum, who insisted that no such meeting had ever taken place.

Not too long after that, stories leaked that Floyd was looking to replace Roger as his head trainer. According to Mayweather's comment on the issue, he considered his uncle to be "not healthy."

Since then, nothing has been officially changed within Team Mayweather and, until further notice, Roger is still head trainer and, apparently, de facto spokesperson.

"The Pacquiao fight has to happen with Floyd," Roger continued. "People want to see it. People don't care whether he got knocked out. Floyd will knock him out and that's the fight they want to see.

"And people still probably want to see Floyd and Marquez...Marquez knocked [Pacquiao] out and people still probably want to see that fight."

Without even much of an analysis, this recent interview with Roger has to be considered pure, twisted fantasy with a side order of possible dementia.

As everyone knows, all of the "big" fights Roger mentioned are with Top Rank fighters. Top Rank head honcho Bob Arum is still dedicated to avoiding all things Mayweather and has shown a preference to taking short money rather than even consider a bout with his former fighter.

Timothy Bradley has been tied to several rumored opponents for his March 16 return date. Most recently, the rumor mill has him facing Russian pressure fighter, Ruslan Provodnikov. So, forget Bradley.

The thought of Mayweather-Marquez II, a repeat of Mayweather's 2009 white-washing of the Mexican great, should make most fans a bit queasy and could never be sold to the public, even by the most audacious of cynical promoters in history.

And a Pacquiao fight? Yeah right. If history has shown us anything, it's that seemingly every member of Team Pacquiao will take turns, working overtime, to stand between their meal ticket and a bout with Mayweather. Pacquiao may or may not be willing, but his team is definitely not.

So, there Roger Mayweather is. An otherwise smart boxing guy, who seems absolutely clueless about everything else around him-- a character trait that apparently runs in the Mayweather family. It's also a character trait that has made the Mayweathers the focus of news hungry fans and the darling of mic-ready boxing journalists everywhere.


Paul Magno was a licensed official in the state of Michoacan, Mexico and a close follower of the sport for more than thirty years. His work can also be found on Fox Sports and as Editor-in-Chief of The Boxing Tribune. In the past, Paul has done work for Inside Fights, The Queensberry Rules and Eastside Boxing. For breaking news, additional analysis, and assorted crazy commentary, follow him on Facebook, @TheBoxingTribune or on Twitter, @BoxingBTBC.


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