Mayweather Sr. talks Canelo, critics, catch weight, more

By Chris Robinson

It shouldn’t be much of a surprise that outspoken trainer Floyd Mayweather Sr. has a tremendous amount of confidence in his son Floyd heading into his Sept. 14 clash with junior middleweight champion Saul Alvarez.

On the heels of his masterful display against Robert Guerrero last month at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, the 36-year old Mayweather is roughly a 2 ½ to 1 betting favorite to emerge victorious against the 22-year old “Canelo”.

The Guerrero triumph was notably special for Mayweather Sr., as it went hand in hand with his return to Floyd’s corner as his trainer. So too did the Mayweathers reconnect on an emotional level outside of the ring after some well-documented disagreements in the past.

During a recent sit-down interview with Mayweather Sr., we touched on several aspects of the Alvarez fight, including his assessment of the Mexican star, his comparison of Alvarez’s performance against Shane Mosley last year to Floyd’s victory three years ago, and his displeasure with the fact that the fight is being held at a catch-weight of 152 pounds.

This is what Mayweather Sr. had to share.

A winnable fight…
“I think it’s winnable. I think it’s a winnable fight. I don’t think that he has the experience, the speed; he’s not as mobile, don’t move as good. It’s a whole lot of things and his mind is definitely not as good as Floyd’s. When you add all those things up, it comes with a name called ‘shaddup’.”

Assessing Saul Alvarez…
“I’ve seen him a couple of times. He can’t compare himself to Floyd. He’s got as many fights as Floyd, maybe more than Floyd. But who heard about him? All those fights that he fought was in Mexico.”

Alvarez’s performance against Shane Mosley compared to Mayweather’s…
“It tells you a lot. That he’s [facing] a man that is older than my son and he’s giving him all these problems. A man that’s older than my son. And if he can hit him, trust me, how good is Floyd’s chances?”

Whether it meant more for him to reconnect with his son or for him to see him score such an impressive victory over Guerrero…
“They both meant a lot to me. It meant a lot to me, him winning. But, of course, nobody wants to have ill feelings with their family; father, sister, mother, brother. I think that was a very nice thing that Floyd did, the way he carried the camp and the way the camp went. It was beautiful and I think he did a splendid job with Guerrero. I think he dominated him in the fashion like the old Floyd. And I don’t think it’s going to be no different in Alvarez. You’re punching, you’re punching, but your punches mean nothing if you can’t find nothing to hit.”

Still upset at the catch weight limit of 152 pounds for this fight…
“I don’t like it. I don’t like the weight, whatever it is. Even if Floyd wins, I don’t like the weight. I don’t like that. I’m just saying that, I don’t know how it came together with them getting that. I would have at least made it 150. I wouldn’t have made [152]. For what? If you’re a junior middleweight and you’re fighting junior middleweight, you should be able to make 150 pounds easy. He might have a little struggle but it shouldn’t be that much of a struggle.”

Why the critics won’t be silent despite Mayweather taking on the challenge of Canelo…
“They’re always going to have something to harp on. Floyd’s been fighting for seventeen years and been winning for seventeen years, and they’ve been harping ever since then. It’s still doing the same thing. It aint going to stop. The only thing that can stop it is them looking for my son to lose. That’s the only thing that can stop it.”

*** Want more from Floyd Sr.? For a recent interview where he assesses this weekend's Paulie Malignaggi vs. Adrien Broner clash, showing skepticism of each man, please visit Floyd Mayweather Sr. critical of both Malignaggi and Broner, but expects ‘Problem’ to be victorious

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by supremelygifted on 06-19-2013

[QUOTE=Sugar Adam Ali;13478895]Exactly,,,, Why make a catch weight,,,, Serg didnt make the bigger chavez jr do catchweight even though Chavez puts on a ton of weight... Serg just outboxed him... I wish floyd would have done the same with canelo[/QUOTE]…

Comment by micky1971 on 06-18-2013

lets break this down nice and fast. floyd will win easily....why? who did this uvah geezah beat to gain this much attention as a credible opponent? trout, who beat a war beaten miguel cotto. who else? shane mosley? can we…

Comment by Mr. Fantastic on 06-18-2013

Gotta love the hypocrisy of Floyd fanatics. :lol1:

Comment by TangInaMo Floyd on 06-18-2013

Stop complaining and be thankful for this fight! This is good for boxing! [SIZE="4"]Undefeated Vs Undefeated[/SIZE]...Only haters will NOT watch this fight...:boxing::boxing::boxing:

Comment by leonthegee on 06-18-2013

[QUOTE=supremelygifted;13480499]I'm NOT assuming that at all. Where did you get that. I'm legitimately asking why did he bother to ask for a catch-weight ? Don't you think fighting fighters at their best would mean Canelo would be better at 154…

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