Advertisement
Advertisement

Floyd Sr. Breaks Down Mayweather-Ortiz, Testing, More

By Chris Robinson

These days trainer Floyd Mayweather Sr. has been spending a lot of time at Johnny Tocco's Ring Side Gym on the east side of Las Vegas, working with a select group of fighters including junior lightweight contender Mickey Bey Jr., welterweight hopeful Lanardo Tyner, and standout amateur Kevin Newman. With his brother Jeff out of town and in Panama as he helps Celestino Caballero ready for his July 2nd shot at WBA featherweight champion Jonathan Barros, Floyd Sr. has stepped up to help Bey and Newman, two fighters he had worked with previously.

Despite a lung disease called sarcoidosis that has admittedly affected his health in recent years, Mayweather was pretty lively as he oversaw the duties of the three fighters and was more than happy to take a few minutes of his time afterwards to talk some boxing. At the moment people are still buzzing over the news of Mayweather's son Floyd Jr. and his recent announcement that he will be facing off with WBC welterweight champion Victor Ortiz on September 17th. 
 
It was only natural for me to get Floyd's take on the matchup and he offered up a few forewarnings of his own, including his suspicions about Ortiz having previously worked with Manny Pacquiao out in Los Angeles.
 
"My thing is, and I would have to speak on that," said Floyd. "I know he's been around [Freddie] Roach's camp, but like I said, I feel that if Lil' Floyd will make them all take the Olympic tests, that's what they need. Because there's too much sh*t going on now. Too much bullsh*t going on now and it aint doing nothing but ruining boxing, period. Believe it or not, boxing is on its way out. Because of things like this. It's things like this that are ruining boxing."
 
Mayweather of course is referring to his belief that some of today's crop of fighters are using performance-enhancing drugs to boost their accomplishments in the ring. Floyd Jr. and Pacquiao saw the first round of negotiations for a possible encounter between them fall apart because of an indifference over Olympic-style drug testing and it is an issue that the elder Mayweather has never let up on.
 
But while everyone is entitled to their own opinion I tried to focus more on Floyd's impression of Ortiz as a fighter, including his upset over Andre Berto this past April.
 
"I got a chance to see a little of that," Sr. continued. "From what I've seen though, I see that Victor Ortiz is an aggressive young fighter, he's ten years Lil' Floyd's junior. Regardless to the style of fighting that he has, he's a left-hander and [Floyd] would do better with a right-hander but it doesn't make a difference; Lil' Floyd knows exactly what to do with Ortiz. He has too much knowledge up here. Where Ortiz doesn't really have." 
 
Continuing further, the only real concern that Floyd Sr. seemed to hint at was over his son's recent inactivity, as he will have been out of the ring for over sixteen months by the time the Ortiz fight goes down.
 
"I do still believe that my son should stay more active or get out of the game, because I'm just saying that I don't care who you is, if you aren't being sharp, you lose that much sharpness and it can make a big difference. Of course if he aint fought as long as he has fought, he could have lost something. I don't care who you are; Mayweather, Cassius Clay or whoever. 
 
"Sometimes when you lose things like that you will fight a guy like Ortiz who may cause you a problem where he normally wouldn't be a problem at all. But now all of a sudden he's a problem. Things happen. If you are a fighter you gotta keep yourself sharp. It's just like when people say 'tune up'. You need a tune up, whoever you are. It's just like car, there might be something wrong with it, it might be leaking oil, or whatever it is. It needs a tune up. You've got to stay tuned up all the time for whatever race or whatever it is you might be doing."
 
Reasonable thoughts from Papa Floyd, a man whose relationship with his son has often been checkered. Floyd will never shy away from his feelings towards his own child but he knows there is a definite sense of danger attached to his next ring endeavor.
 
"With my son, I feel that he's a great fighter. I feel that he's been the best fighter over the last ten or eleven years. He's still the best fighter today I belive. But I don't care who you are, how great you think you are, something can always go wrong."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by LeadUppercut on 06-25-2011

[QUOTE=GRUSTLER;10737554][B][SIZE="7"][FONT="Impact"]YES! They are.[/FONT][/SIZE][/B][/QUOTE] Fo real :D

Comment by LeadUppercut on 06-25-2011

[QUOTE=rocco1252;10736564][B]they cant present any evidence[/B] other than saying ohh he didnt take the test which is all they got. [B]There has never been any other testing before[/B] this mayweather shi* talk other than the test after the fight which should…

Comment by Brother Jay on 06-25-2011

[QUOTE=STRUGG;10735946]first im not a pactard......im a boxing fan.......as an objective boxing fan.........floyds legacy is sh1t.....................no offense and all[/QUOTE] Based on what? Your own opinion? Mayweather has fought the best while they were still the best in each division he competed…

Comment by GRUSTLER on 06-24-2011

[QUOTE=sapaw;10737704]Floyd took his own test... [B]but the real test is Manny... Take the test Floyd! [/B]:boxing: btw, OST is one year of random testing... not 3 months! try again! hahahaha [IMG]http://img840.imageshack.us/img840/1594/shirttest.jpg[/IMG][/QUOTE] Manny ain't no test but rather a test subject…

Comment by sapaw on 06-24-2011

[QUOTE=GRUSTLER;10736470]How can Floyd be roiding when he took the tests? Even Mosley who got caught cheating took the tests. Now Ortiz who Berto tried to accuse of being juiced up is willing to take the tests. Why can't Manny who…

Post a Comment/View More User Comments (106)
Top Headlines Martinez-Berchelt On Course For March 12 After WBO Rejects Appeal Julio Ceja, Hugo Ruiz Ready For Rematch War on Feb. 27th Anthony Joshua-Charles Martin in Serious Talks, Says Hearn Zou Shiming Ring Return Draws 36.5 Million Viewers in China Gabe Bracero Arrested After Allegedly Beating Up Cop Rigondeaux To Train At Derry Mathews' Gym In Liverpool Oscar Duarte Signs With Golden Boy, Returns February 19 Juan Hernandez Has Chocolatito In Sights After Latest Win Gallagher: Canelo is Not Golovkin, Amir Khan Can Win K. Porter: Shawn Will Punish Keith Thurman Until He Breaks Lomachenko on When He Learned Mike Tyson Was Not Ukrainian Masternak Returns on Loaded April 2 Bill In Krakow Jazza Dickens Embraces Underdog Role Versus Rigondeaux Kiatniwat Scores Repeat Win Over Lebron in Thailand Nonito Donaire's Trainer Expects Pressure Fight From Bedak Hearn Expects Quigg To Score "Brutal" Knockout of Frampton Tasif Khan Stops Isaac Quaye In Six, Wins WBU/GBU Crowns Eddie Chambers: The Division is in Good Hands With Tyson Fury Moralde, Duno Ready To Go To War in General Santos City Amir Khan: Once My Shots Land on Canelo, He Will Think Twice! Mayweather: Khan Thinks He Can Do What I Did To Canelo Here's One Vote For Another Bernard 'Alien' Hopkins Sighting Erik Morales: Amir Khan Won't Last Four Rounds With Canelo Luis Ortiz Warns Tony Thompson: Barking Dogs Don't Bite! Billy Dib To Face Sukkasem Kietyongyuth on February 26 Arreola Suspended For 90 Days, Tests Positive For Marijuana Denis Lebedev-Yunier Dorticos Clash Ordered By The WBA Photos: Jamel Herring Makes Weight, Set For First TV Main Event Garcia's Team Disputes Possibility Of Donnie Nietes Fight Freddie Roach is Pleased With Frankie Gomez Performance Luis Ramos on Top Rank Deal, Desire For World Title Fight Golovkin's Promoter Confirms Interest in Bernard Hopkins Fight Luis Ortiz-Thompson Set, But Not Yet Sanctioned By WBA Francisco Santana To Return on Top Rank Bill on April 2 Adamek-Molina: Mateusz Masternak To Face Fields on The Card Amir Khan: I'll Win and Make History, Shut The Doubters Up! Luis Ortiz-Tony Thompson Finalized For March 5th on HBO Cruz vs. Koasicha Tops March 4 Telemundo Bill In Tampa Toka Kahn-Clary Promises To Let The Hard Shots Rain Down Frank Bruno Insists Comeback Talk Came From The Heart
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement