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Schaefer on Mayweather-Pacquiao, Mosley, Broner, More

By Chris Robinson

It was a crowded scene on Tuesday inside of the main lobby of the MGM Grand in Las Vegas as the grand arrivals of Floyd Mayweather Jr., Miguel Cotto, Saul Alvarez and Shane Mosley were held.

This Saturday night, May 5th, Cotto defends his WBA junior middleweight crown against Mayweather in the biggest show of the year thus far. In the pay-per-view chief support bout, Alvarez will look to hold off Mosley as the Mexican star puts his WBC junior middleweight bauble on the line.

Amidst the madness of today’s arrivals, I caught up with Richard Schaefer, CEO of Golden Boy Promotions, who is hosting the festivities this weekend. Never one to rest, Schaefer spoke about this weekend’s show as well as some other news related to his stable of fighters.

Continue reading below for Schaefer’s thoughts on why Cotto is a legitimate threat to Mayweather, his feelings on Alvarez’s test with Mosley, his anticipation towards the rematch between Amir Khan and Lamont Peterson on May 19th, and what his future plans are for junior lightweight champion Adrien Broner.

Schaefer also revealed why a fight between Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao won’t happen until Top Rank CEO Bob Arum wants it to be made.

This is what Schaefer had to share…

The kind of fighter Floyd Mayweather is…
“At 154, Miguel Cotto is clearly right there. That’s his weight class, he’s coming off the biggest victory of his career against Margarito. And so, for Floyd Mayweather to move up, only for the second time in his career, 154, shows you the kind of fighter Floyd Mayweather is. He always seeks out the biggest and best challenges and Miguel Cotto certainly is the biggest challenge for him at this point.”

Studying Floyd Mayweather in and outside of the ring…
“As smart as he is inside the ring, as smart as he is outside the ring, he’s very creative, he introduces new elements to the promotion and really brings and makes his fights the Super Bowls of boxing. He’s really in a league of his own inside the ring but he truly is in a league of his own outside the ring as well. Whenever he enters the ring, whenever he announces a fight, it’s always must-see TV and fight fans from all around the world are eager to see him fight.”

Never counting out Shane Mosley…
“Big test for Canelo Alvarez. Because Shane Mosley, you could never count him out. He’s going to be ready. He said he’s had the best training camp for a long time. He certainly looks very good. We’re going to see what he has left. Whatever he has left, he’s going to bring Saturday night. Whether it’s going to be enough to win against the new Mexican superstar, Canelo Alvarez, we’ll see. But you can never, ever count out Shane Mosley, and he’s proven many of the fight fans and many of the writers wrong before. I can remind everyone about his fight with Antonio Margarito, when nobody gave him a chance and you see what he did.  He turned back the clock and that’s exactly what he wants to do here on Saturday night.”

Why Mayweather-Pacquiao seems unlikely to happen…
“We’re really not going to talk about that right now, because we’re so busy with this fight promotion here. But I said it before and I’ll say it again; I’ve said it for a while and I know I’m going to say it after this fight too, that fight will not happen because Bob Arum doesn’t want it to happen. And whenever Bob is going to be ready to make it happen, the fight is going to make it happen.”

Not looking at Saul Alvarez as a future Mayweather foe…
“Not really going to look forward to that now, because Floyd is going to have his hands full, and as I said before, at 154, he only fought there once against De La Hoya and that was split-decision. The only reason that was a split-decision was because Oscar got tired in the second half of the fight. In this fight here, I can tell you, Miguel Cotto is not going to get tired. And this is a dangerous fight for Floyd and we’re really just focusing on that right now.”

A great fight in the Lamont Peterson-Amir Khan rematch…
“Another great fight. Right there is what Golden Boy likes to do, which is having the best fight the best. With Amir Khan and Lamont Peterson, you have the best 140-pounders fighting each other again. The first fight was a bit controversial and both guys want to set the record straight. Both guys are tremendous athletes, tremendous fighters, and I know it’s going to be another great fight in a few weeks here in Las Vegas.”

Why Khan hasn’t really lost anything…
“If we would want to, we could have all these fighters win every fight, and match them up easily. But this is not what this is about. Golden Boy believes if you win in a competitive fight, in an exciting fight, you’ll be right back. You don’t lose anything, to the contrary, you gain. I think boxing can learn to take a page out of the UFC playbook there. You look at these UFC champions, they have like ten wins and five losses, these kinds of records, it really doesn’t matter. This is entertainment. Amir Khan has not lost anything, absolutely nothing, and you see the same with Marcos Maidana. Marcos Maidana, whether he wins or he loses, who cares? Alfredo Angulo, whether he wins or he loses, who cares? James Kirkland, whether he wins or he loses, who cares? Back then we had Arturo Gatti, who cares if he wins or he loses? These are guys who are willing to fight the best and if you fight the best and it doesn’t go your way, nobody will blame you for that.”

Eyeing a junior middleweight eliminator between Erislandy Lara and Vanes Martirosyan…
“It has been ordered. Lara is on board with it and I’m waiting to hear back from Team Martirosyan and Top Rank. If we don’t here back, then I guess we’ll have to go to purse bid.”

The charismatic nature of Adrien Broner…
“He’s one of the most exciting guys in the sport right now. He’s one of those guys who talks the talk but he walks the walk as well. He’s very charismatic outside of the ring. Very exciting inside the ring. The total package. I think he has a huge, huge future ahead of him. He’s a world champion already. He’s going to be fighting underneath Khan-Peterson, and if everything goes well, we’ll bring him back in the summer.”

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Grand Arrival Gallery - A jam-packed scene in Vegas as Floyd Mayweather, Miguel Cotto, Saul Alvarez, and Shane Mosley invade the MGM Grand 

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Fighting Pride on 05-02-2012

lol @Schaefer, bloody fat ass bull**** artist banker. Does he think we're stupid? Cotto is the biggest challenge for Floyd at this point? Give me a break. Then he starts repeating Floyd's bull**** about being the Superbowl of boxing and…

Comment by Pretty Boy Greg on 05-02-2012

[QUOTE=Uns;12069815]Andrien Broney charismatic? His twitter is all: haaaaaaaaaa she tryig say this haaaa u a chum haaaa they all want me haaaaa[/QUOTE] i really like broner but he is absolutely annoying as hell on twitter....

Comment by Uns on 05-02-2012

Andrien Broney charismatic? His twitter is all: haaaaaaaaaa she tryig say this haaaa u a chum haaaa they all want me haaaaa

Comment by tredh on 05-02-2012

[quote=spoonwars;12069597]You can say all you want, but it didn't happen at FIRST because some clown said "take the test" since his to-be opponent is too good.[/quote] Why do you have a issue with someone asking for better drug testing? Regardless…

Comment by Pretty Boy Greg on 05-02-2012

[QUOTE=spoonwars;12069740]You're in denial about admitting Mayweather screwed up the Pacquiao fight. :lol1: Just listen to your second sentence. It totally sounds like Mayweather! Example: Interviewer: "Floyd, are you scared of Manny Pacquiao? Yes or no?" Mayweather: "Um. You see it's…

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