The world’s number one boxer talks about his upcoming fight, Twitter and winning a solid gold belt!
Hi Floyd! How are you feeling about fighting the highly-ranked Canelo Alvarez?
I’m in fantastic shape and I’m going to train even harder for this fight than I did for my last one. It’s a risky fight as he’s younger and bigger than me but I’m a risk-taker so I’m going to win.
He’s got a very impressive record though…
Canelo is a good fighter. He has earned his belts and has earned the right to face me in the biggest fight of his career. He’s a true champion, but at twenty two, he’s still got a lot to learn. You’ll see what I mean on September 14.
He’s only had one fight less than you and is only twenty-two-years-old. Is he a better fighter for his age than you were at twenty-two?
Sometimes the amount of fights someone has can be deceiving. When I was 22, I was in the second year of my pro career and I won a world title. He’s been a professional since he was 16 and just started fighting top fighters.
What world champion has he beaten anyway? I don’t think he could have beaten me then and I don’t think he can beat me now. I was better than he was then and I am better than he is now.
You said at the press conference, “As you get older, you’re going to become a different person”. How have you changed over the years?
I’ve been raised in the sport of boxing. Ever since I can remember I’ve had a pair of gloves on so I’ve grown up in this sport. From when I was a kid growing up in Grand Rapids, Michigan until now, I have completely changed. I’m my own boss. I’m the highest paid athlete in sports and I’m running a company [Mayweather Promotions] that is the future of sports and entertainment.
More importantly I have grown as a man and father to my children. Unless you live this life I have lived, one that is more of a fairy tale than most people’s real lives. You just don’t know how much it takes to be comfortable with and understand the level of success that I have.
I have had many lessons in my lifetime and have been able to find my way in what I now feel is the best time of my life. I just had to do what everyone else does in life. Learn from the past and mature to be the person I have become. I feel very comfortable in it now.
What’s keeping you motivated to carry on boxing?
I fight for my family first. As long as I continue my career, I will be able to keep providing for my mother and children. I want them to have the best life possible and because of the sport of boxing, I am able to give that to them. Then there is my legacy. I want to be remembered as one of the greatest to ever step into a boxing ring.
I have worked hard throughout my entire career to prove I am worthy of that title. I have an obligation to keep fighting to show the world that there is no blue print to beat me, that I fight the best and beat the best, so far, so good. Finally for my fans and that goes for all of the ones in the UK too.
I fight for all of them, trying to give them a “Mayweather” experience, a lasting memory, a great time watching me fight. I will never forget when I went to the UK and had an open workout for my fans at the Peacock Gym. It was tremendous and made me realise how passionate they are about my career. That is what motivates me to stay in the game.
What’s your dressing room like before a fight? Do you have music playing or do you keep it quiet to concentrate?
My dressing room is pretty chilled before a fight. Music low, my mood relaxed. Before I got to the ring I always have my children and members of The Money Team in there with me too.
I might get some celebrities and entertainers that want to come in before the fight, which is cool, but at a certain point everyone leaves except for my main crew. We clear the dressing room and make final preparations before I make my way to the ring. It’s always a special moment, every time.
You’ve got over 4 million Twitter followers. Do people offer to fight you on there?
You couldn’t imagine the things my fans say to me on Twitter. Fans want to fight me, train me, be trained by me and anything else you can think of. My Twitter and Instagram have brought me closer to my fans and I love that I can talk to them and hear from them.
What’s the single best piece of advice you’ve been given in your career?
I have been given tremendous advice throughout my career but I would have to say the one that sticks with me the most is, “With hard work anything is possible”. I know I always say, “Hard work, dedication,” but that is how my Dad and Uncle taught me to work in the gym and that is why I’m the best at what I do.
I work harder and train harder than any other fighter. I know this for a fact. That is why I tell all the fighters in my gym that hard work and dedication is the key.
Finally, is the solid gold WBC title belt much of an incentive to win? Will you wear it out in public?
I like all of the belts but honestly I don’t fight for them. I fight for my legacy, to keep my undefeated record and be known as the greatest to ever lace up a pair of gloves. That gold belt will be just another belt alongside my many others in my case at home and it’s already crowded in there!