By Mark Vester
It appears the recent comments in the press by son Floyd Mayweather, Jr. and his brother, Roger Mayweather, have hit a nerve with Floyd Mayweather, Sr., who told the Grand Rapids Press that he will no longer involve himself in the May 5 fight between Floyd Jr. and Oscar De La Hoya.
Floyd Sr. said that because of the comments, he never returned to Floyd Jr.'s training camp and will not be part of the fight next week. We all knew that it was coming when brother Roger made some borderline comments with a negative twist towards Floyd Sr. when asked by media members if he will take advise from his brother towards a strategy on how to beat De La Hoya.
The situation went further downhill due to comments that were made by Floyd Jr. and Roger, on HBO's De La Hoya-Mayweather 24/7 mini-series.
"We're back to square one," Floyd Sr. said. "That's where we're at, we're back at the beginning. I do want to get back together with Little Floyd. I do want to get to know my grandkids. But if he doesn't want it to happen, so it will be. Roger talks all that (stuff) on TV, but what champions has he made? I made Floyd Mayweather Jr., and even he knows that. That foundation was already laid, long before Roger. Roger shouldn't even comment on things that went on between me and Little Floyd. Floyd is only 30 years old, and Roger has lived in Las Vegas for 26, 27 years. He was never there to know."
"Your kids are looking, your grandmother's looking, your family's looking. You don't say stuff like that. What is he getting out of that? I don't know why he's willing to be portrayed as the bad guy. It's reality TV, and you can say something wrong, and they catch you. That's one thing. But he looks right in the camera and says it."
"I didn't do anything to Floyd except care. And when you get right down to it, he didn't do anything for me. Everything I've got, I got from De La Hoya. I don't care if it is his uncle. To say he's loyal to Roger, when I'm the one who gave him life? What is he talking about? I've been careful not to say anything bad about anybody this camp, and I don't even think Little Floyd should be speaking on it."
Even with all of the bad blood, Floyd Sr. still hopes that his son beats De La Hoya on May 5.
"If Little Floyd fights the right fight, there's no way he should lose," Floyd Sr. said. "You never know, because sometimes people get brave, and they forget to be cautious. But I definitely think he should be able to outbox Oscar."