Richardson Hitchins: “If Floyd [Mayweather] Put The Gas On Me, I Think He Would Have Another Star”
By: Hans Themistode
Just a few years ago, Richardson Hitchins couldn’t stop himself from smiling.
After making a name for himself in the amateur ranks, Floyd Mayweather Jr. was pleased by what he saw from Hitchins. So, at his first available opportunity, the newly inducted Hall of Famer grabbed the nearest pen and paper and inked Hitchins to his promotional company, Mayweather Promotions.
With Hitchins believing that he could become one of the more notable names in the sport of boxing, he envisioned world titles and piles of cash falling at his feet. But, since placing his name on the dotted line in 2017, Hitchins hasn’t been pleased with where his career has gone so far.
More than anything, Hitchins, who holds a spotless record through 13 professional contests, views himself as a no doubt, can’t miss future star in the sport of boxing. In his view, if Mayweather wasn’t listless when it comes to his personal career, there would be much more buzz surrounding his name.
“I feel like I’m a big dog in the 140 pound in the division,” said Hitchins during an interview with YSM Sports Media. “They just not giving me my opportunity. My promoter is not believing in me the way they should believe in me. If Floyd put the gas on me and get me more active, I think he would have another star. He told me he would put me in position to be fighting for a title to get to that star status but I don’t really see him doing that.”
When Hitchins initially signed, the relationship between himself and Mayweather Promotions appeared to be a perfect match. The New York native fought three times in both 2017 and 2018. His activity level would only increase in 2019, as he stepped through the ropes on four perfect occasions.
However, since then, Hitchins has been pushed to the sidelines. In 2020, Hitchins entered the ring just twice. In 2021, only once did he compete. As Hitchins continues to sharpen his tools behind the scenes, the 24-year-old is craving more public notoriety.
Previously, in his most recent showing, Hitchins made it look incredibly easy against former highly touted prospect, Malik Hawkins. One fight prior, Hitchins dominated former world titlist, Argenis Mendez.
Presently, although it’s still relatively early in the career of Hitchins, he’s urging Mayweather to place more of an emphasis on his development and budding star power. Even now, with only 13 contests under his belt, Hitchins believes he’s capable of not only competing with the best fighters at 140 pounds but defeating them.
Ultimately, in Hitchins view, Mayweather Promotions appears to be more focused on Gervonta “Tank” Davis. That said, Hitchins is fully aware that at some point, the spotlight will fall squarely on him. And when that does occur, he believes the rest of the world will quickly find out what he already knows.
“With me getting a fight with Josh Taylor and them, it’s not a problem with me if I’m ready or not, it’s a problem with my activity level. I’m not fighting. If my promoter really stand behind me and keeps me active and keeps the public seeing me on TV, I’ll be on another level. They focus is on other fighters like Tank and other fighters that Al [Haymon] got. I feel like they focus isn’t really on me. When that focus gets to me, y’all will see that I’m an upper-echelon fighter.”
Floyd Mayweather Claims He Barely Trained For Logan Paul Exhibition
By: Hans Themistode
Floyd Mayweather has spent most of his childhood and adult life in the sport of boxing. But while the newly inducted Hall of Famer hung up his gloves for good in 2017, he remains a prominent figure.
In many cases, fighters who have ultimately decided to retire, have often found themselves returning to the pugilistic sport sooner rather than later. Although Mayweather built his legacy and amassed his mind-numbing fortune thanks to the sport of boxing, he isn’t planning a return to the ring.
“I don’t miss boxing at all,” said Mayweather during an interview with Fight Hub TV.
Even with Mayweather claiming that he isn’t yearning to return to the ring full-time, he has entertained his undying fans with several exhibition contests. Just last year, the former five-division world titlist accepted a crossover matchup between himself and social media star turned de-facto boxer, Logan Paul.
Heading into their eight-round exhibition, Mayweather was viewed as a prohibited favorite. With Paul having little to no experience in the ring and losing his only pro contest against fellow social media star KSI, many around the boxing world were expecting Mayweather to brutally stop Paul, despite the massive difference in height and reach.
Normally defensive, Mayweather flipped the script during their showdown. The now 45-year-old marched forward, stalked Paul, and landed several big blows throughout the night.
Despite being rocked on numerous occasions, Paul finished their contest on his two feet. Shortly after, the social media sensation gloated over his ability to go eight full rounds with Mayweather. Nonetheless, Mayweather has now revealed that their exhibition was something he hardly trained for and didn’t take seriously.
If, however, the two squared off in a sanctioned full-scale boxing match, Mayweather believes that Paul would’ve been staring up at the ceiling lights in little to no time at all.
“I just had fun, did an exhibition with a YouTuber, Logan Paul, we had fun. Gave the people just a little bit of entertainment. People got to know that there’s a difference between a real fight and an exhibition. All I did was work out from time to time. If it was a real fight, it would’ve been a blowout in the first round.”
Floyd Mayweather Annouces Series Of Boxing Exhibitions In Dubai
By: Hans Themistode
Following Floyd Mayweather’s exhibition bout against Logan Paul on June 6th at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, Florida, in 2021, the newly inducted Hall of Famer believed he reached the end of his rope. Having already retired from the ring in 2017 after scoring a tenth-round stoppage victory over Conor McGregor in his 50th pro contest, Mayweather began taking part in solely exhibitions.
While the former five-division champion appeared to be leaning towards walking away from taking part in those public exhibitions, he’s now changed his mind.
On December 31st, one day before the calendar turned to the New Year, Mayweather announced that he will dust off his gloves once more and participate in an exhibition bout. In terms of locations, Mayweather plans on making his appearance just a few days before his 45th birthday on a helipad in Dubai.
“We will be doing a special limited edition boxing showcase,” said Mayweather to several reporters. “Right here on the helipad, February 20th, four days before my birthday. It’s always been a goal of mines to come to the UAE and put on a show and display my talent for the people in the Middle East. I just want to entertain the people and give the people something to see.”
In previous Mayweather exhibitions, he made it no secret as to whom he would be taking on. Prior to his showdown against Paul, Mayweather made quick work of Tenshin Nasukawa, knocking out the multiple-time kickboxing champion in the very first round in 2018.
Despite Mayweather being unclear on who he’s ultimately facing, one thing he knows for certain, his February 20th appearance won’t be a one-off.
“We haven’t chosen an opponent yet but we will let the people know who the opponent will be. It will be more than one fight.”
Floyd Mayweather Doesn’t View Anthony Joshua’s Loss To Oleksandr Usyk As An Upset
By: Hans Themistode
The 2021 boxing calendar has been filled with upsets. Amongst a long list of them, was the mostly unforeseen result between Anthony Joshua and Oleksandr Usyk. Although the Ukrainian star had dominated the cruiserweight division, nabbing every world title en route to becoming an undisputed world champion, his performances as a heavyweight left much to be desired.
Following a lackluster knockout win against Chazz Witherspoon and a close decision victory over fringe contender Dereck Chisora, Usyk found himself as a considerable underdog against the former unified titlist. Yet, despite the hulking muscles and his propensity for knockouts, Joshua struggled mightily. While Joshua had his moments, he was thoroughly outboxed as he proceeded to lose his WBA, IBF, and WBO heavyweight titles.
Although Usyk has been lauded for what many are considering to be the upset of the year, Floyd Mayweather becomes incredulous whenever that notion is brought about.
“That was not an upset,” said Mayweather to several reporters. “It was just that, Anthony Joshua was on TV. Everybody seen him. Usyk was a helluva fighter, a gold medalist if I’m not mistaken. But he was behind the scenes. Two guys with crazy amateur backgrounds and one guy is not being seen and another guy is being seen, then we call it an upset. No, it’s just that he was working behind the scenes and another guy was working in front of everybody. Finally, they had to meet up and Anthony Joshua came up short.”
As illustrated by Mayweather, both Joshua and Usyk enjoyed sizable success in the unpaid ranks. In the case of Joshua, he wrapped up his amateur career with a record of 40-3. In the process, the British native took home an Olympic gold medal in the 2012 games. But, regardless of how impressive Joshua was before turning pro, Usyk’s achievements as an amateur dwarfs his rival.
In addition to winning countless amateur tournaments, Usyk snagged gold at the 2012 Olympics as well. By the time he hung up his amateur gloves, Usyk aggregated a record of 335-15. Although Mayweather believes the Ukrainian should’ve never been labeled as an underdog heading into his showdown against Joshua, the former unified titlist is hellbent on regaining his heavyweight throne.
Immediately following his defeat, Joshua exercised his rematch clause. The two are now entangled in intense negations. And, according to promoter Eddie Hearn, the pair are expected to lock horns in the first half of 2022.
For the past several months, Joshua has been spotted at numerous gyms as he appears to be in search of a new coach. If the former heavyweight champion has yet to make a final decision, Mayweather urges the British star to pick up the phone and give him a call.
“I told him from the beginning, he can come and I can teach him some pointers.”
Floyd Mayweather: “I’m A Tell Y’all The Truth About Canelo, Mother F*cker Easy, He A Cakewalk”
By: Hans Themistode
For roughly a decade, Floyd Mayweather reigned supreme as boxing’s number one fighter in the world. During his time on top of the sport’s mountain top, Mayweather knocked off everyone who dared challenge him for supremacy. Amongst those who ultimately came up short, was a 23-year-old Canelo Alvarez.
With Mayweather hanging up his gloves nearly five years ago, Alvarez has gone on to etch his name at the top of nearly every pound for pound list. Most recently, the Mexican star reinforced his lofty pound for pound standing by becoming the first fighter in boxing history to win all four world titles in the super middleweight division.
Still, while Alvarez is mostly viewed as boxing’s leading man, Mayweather has decided to pull back the curtain on his long-time rival and reveal his thoughts on his skillset.
“I’m a tell y’all the truth about Canelo,” said Mayweather to a group of reporters. “Mother f*cker easy man, he a cakewalk. Y’all praising this dude, this dude was nothing. I was almost 40 years old when I cooked this dude, easy.”
Mayweather, who was 36 by the time he swapped fists with Alvarez, handled the now pound-for-pound star with relative ease. The two would originally square off in September of 2013, at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Though Alvarez remained extremely confident in his ability to hand Mayweather the first defeat of his career, he was despondent following 12 mostly lopsided rounds.
Regardless of the outcome, however, Alvarez has stated time and time again that at the age of 23, he was far too young and inexperienced to face Mayweather. The now 31-year-old has also revealed that if a matchup against Mayweather took place while he was at his best both physically and mentally, the outcome would be vastly different.
In spite of Mayweather’s scathing criticism, Alvarez appears to be moving forward with his career. The newly crowned undisputed titlist recently revealed that in his next ring appearance, he intends on moving up to the cruiserweight division in an attempt to become the first fighter of Mexican descent to win world titles in five separate weight classes.
Floyd Mayweather Critical Of Judging Following Gervonta Davis Vs. Isaac Cruz: “Judges Are 75, 80 Years Old – Hang It Up”
By: Hans Themistode
While he was touted as being a tough and rugged competitor, Isaac Cruz was expected to fold under the pressure of hard-hitting Baltimore native, Gervonta Davis. Despite those preconceived notions, Cruz more than held his own in front of a jam-packed crowd at Staples Center late last night in Los Angeles, California.
With Cruz’s pressure proving to be unrelenting and his chin holding up just fine to the deleterious knockout power of Davis, the Mexican product gave the heavily favored 135-pound titlist all he could handle. As the final few seconds ticked off the clock, an overjoyed Cruz raised his hands in the air, believing he had done more than enough to pocket the victory.
However, the 23-year-old was left disappointed as Davis went on to eke out a close unanimous decision. Judge Zachary Young scored their contest 116-112 in favor of Davis, while both Carla Caiz and Max DeLuca had it a bit closer, turning in idential scorecards of 115-113. Though Davis was ultimately able to preserve his undefeated record, in the opinion of Floyd Mayweather, the promoter of Davis, he doesn’t believe their contest was that particularly close.
In fact, if it was up to the newly retired Hall of Famer, he would like to see new, fresh, young blood being add to the judging pool.
“We got these judges in the fight game right now,” said Mayweather to a group of reporters. “Judges are 75 years old, 80 years old. When it’s time to hang it up, hang it up. I’m not being biased. If Tank got his ass whopped, I’m a say you know what, he got his ass whooped. There were probably four rounds that the guy could’ve got. But eight rounds he was getting outboxed.”
Unlike most bouts involving Davis, the multiple division titlist was unable to close the show. During the second half of their contest, in particular, he appeared content with boxing and moving as opposed to vehemently looking for the fight-ending blow.
Once their showdown came to a close, Davis revealed that his reluctance to seek the knockout came as a direct result of hurting his left hand. Still, while Davis saw his 16 fight knockout streak come to an end, Mayweather was proud of his young protege and his ability to adjust on the fly.
Although it may not be the sort of fighting style that everyone has grown accustomed to seeing from Davis, in the end, Mayweather believes Davis will benefit from it in the long run.
“The name of the game is boxing, not slugging,” continued Mayweather. “When boxing is all over and you hang it up like me, you still want to have your facilities. That’s more important than anything. F*ck the money. Your health is more important than anything. The name of the game is to hit and not get hit.”
Floyd Mayweather: “The Top Fighter In Boxing Right Now Is Terence Crawford, He Reminds Me Of A Young Floyd Mayweather”
By: Hans Themistode
Though he hasn’t officially fought in roughly five years, Floyd Mayweather still pays close attention to the current group of fighters.
During his prime, Mayweather found his name at the very top of virtually every pound for pound list. As the newly inducted Hall of Famer gazes upon every weight class and every current world champion, he believes he knows who has usurped him as the best fighter in the world.
“The top fighter in boxing right now, is Terence Crawford,” said Mayweather during an interview with FightHype.com.
The 34-year-old Omaha, Nebraska, native seemingly stamped his pound for pound status with the most significant victory of his career this past weekend. In front of a jam-packed crowd at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, Crawford took on former two-time titlist Shawn Porter.
With Crawford facing by far the most difficult opponent of his career, they fought on even terms throughout the first half of their contest. However, as their showdown began to unfold, Crawford took over down the stretch. In the tenth round, in particular, Crawford floored his man with a left uppercut within the first 15 seconds of the frame.
Porter, to his credit, rose to his feet moments later but would reconvene with the canvas shortly after before their contest was officially waved off. Considering the nature in which Crawford scored his decisive victory, coupled with his overall achievements, when Mayweather takes a long strong look at the 34-year-old, it’s as though he’s looking into a mirror.
“He’s raw talent, helluva fighter. He’s a mother f*cker. He reminds me of a young Floyd Mayweather, he can fight his ass off.”
For Crawford, his victory over Porter not only represents the most significant of his career but also, the end of an era.
For years now, Crawford has worked hand in hand with promotional company Top Rank and long-time promoter Bob Arum. However, with Crawford now becoming a promotional free agent following his stoppage win over Porter, the pound-for-pound star wasted no time in revealing his desire to move on.
“I’m pretty sure my decision is made already,” said Crawford following his victory this Saturday night. “Bob couldn’t secure me the [Errol] Spence fight when I was with him, so how is going to secure me the Spence fight when I’m not with him? I’m moving forward with my career right now and I wish everybody the best.”
Though Crawford revealed that he likely knows his next move, Mayweather, nevertheless, has thrown on his recruitment hat. With years spent at the top of the pound for pound list and with a career earning of approximately a billion dollars, more than any boxer in history, Mayweather is confident that under his Mayweather Promotions banner, Crawford could reach his true potential.
“Terence Crawford doesn’t have to be under my company for me to give a guy props. If he’s ever a free agent, I would love to work with him. If he’s free. I know what I can do to take him to that next level.”
Oscar De La Hoya: “I’ll Offer Floyd Mayweather $100 Million Dollars, Let’s Go”
By: Hans Themistode
After spending numerous months whipping his 48-year-old body into fighting shape, Oscar De La Hoya was excited about returning to the ring.
The former six-division world champion was set to end his retirement, which spanned over a dozen years, to take on former UFC light heavyweight champion, Vitor Belfort. But after shaking off the cobwebs and wiping the dust off his once elite skills, De La Hoya was left despondent and frustrated as he tested positive for COVID-19 and was subsequently removed from the card.
De La Hoya would then be hospitalized and endured what he describes as “five days of hell.” Since going through that uncertain period, De La Hoya has bounced back and even flaunted his abs during a recent interview with TMZ.
While the 2014 Hall of Famer was hoping to prove to the boxing world that he was back and better than ever, he was forced to watch from the sidelines as Evander Holyfield stepped in as his replacement. Like most anticipated, the 58-year-old former two-division champion was outclassed on the night as he was stopped in the very first round.
If COVID-19 hadn’t taken De La Hoya by the throat and forced him to observe the festivities from a hospital room, the multiple division titlist believes he would’ve taken care of Belfort quick, fast, and in a hurry.
“I would’ve knocked him out in 30 seconds,” said De La Hoya to TMZ.
Originally, De La Hoya had outlined his exact plans. Had he taken care of business against Belfort, the 48-year-old would’ve scheduled another come-back fight. Provided he was victorious the second time around as well, De La Hoya planned on calling out long-time rival, Floyd Mayweather.
The two famously fought in May of 2007, with Mayweather eking out a close split decision win. All along, De La Hoya believes he’d done more than enough to earn the victory.
Be that as it may, De La Hoya was hoping that he could ease his way back to the ring before facing Mayweather once more. But, with his plans taking an unexpected turn, De La Hoya is now singing another tune. Instead of working his way back into a rhythm, the former six-division titlist would now rather go straight to the main event.
“I’ll offer Floyd Mayweather $100 million dollars. Let’s go.”
Although Mayweather has shown over the years a willingness to step inside the ring to take part in several exhibitions, the 2021 Hall of Famer hung up his gloves for good in 2017, following a 10th round stoppage win over UFC star, Conor McGregor.
Mayweather may have teased making several comebacks over the years, he seemingly closed that chapter of his life for good.
“I’m not coming back to the sport of boxing,” said Mayweather following his exhibition against Logan Paul. “Absolutely not.”
Logan Paul Gives KSI The Edge In Terms Of Punching Power Over Floyd Mayweather
By: Hans Themistode
Logan Paul has the unique experience of facing both a world-class boxer and a world-famous YouTuber.
The social media star turned de-facto prizefighter, was first introduced to the boxing world on August 25th, 2018. On the night, Paul graced the ring against fellow social media sensation, KSI, in a six-round amateur contest. After their first bout was ruled a majority draw, the two would do it again one year later. This time, they would ditch the protective headgear and have a full-blown sanctioned boxing match. Although their contest was razor tight, Paul would go on to lose a close split decision.
To add to his peculiar boxing journey, Paul found himself standing across the ring from one of the greatest boxers of his generation in Floyd Mayweather. The two would tango earlier this year on June 6th, at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, Florida in an eight-round exhibition.
While no winner was announced, their showdown was considered an unbelievable success, reportedly totaling more than one million pay-per-view buys.
As Paul sat back and reflected on his unusual boxing voyage, he was asked to juxtapose the punching power of both KSI and Mayweather. Without giving it a moment’s notice, Paul gave his answer.
“KSI for sure, for sure,” said Paul during an interview with True Geordie. “Not even a competition.”
Despite being nailed by hard shots throughout, Paul has stated on numerous occasions that he was never in any serious trouble during his showdown against Mayweather. On the contrary, Paul appeared to be on wobbly legs at numerous points throughout his contest against KSI. In the third round, in particular, KSI connected on a hard right hand that saw Paul hit the deck.
Fortunately for the social media star, referee Jack Reiss deemed the knockdown a slip. Still, even with that distinction, Paul appeared far more interested in boxing and moving throughout the duration of their contest as opposed to engaging.
Having felt the power of both KSI and Mayweather, Paul is simply of the belief that KSI’s punching power is far superior to that of the former five-division world champion.
“[Floyd’s] clean shots, I was like, cool, good shot. KSI I’m like, keep my f*cking face away from those hands.”
Leonard Ellerbe Reflects On Floyd Mayweather Vs. Canelo Alvarez: “Probably Floyd’s Easiest Fight Ever”
By: Hans Themistode
For much of Floyd Mayweather’s career, the flamboyant and loquacious multiple division titlist was viewed as untouchable in the ring.
Having beaten over 20 former world champions during his time as an active fighter, Mayweather has graced the squared circle against some of the sport’s all-time best. That list includes the likes of Oscar De La Hoya, Shane Mosley, Miguel Cotto, Canelo Alvarez, and Manny Pacquiao. Amongst those aforementioned names, Alvarez, while still pegged as an underdog, was viewed as a significant threat to sully the record of Mayweather.
Regardless of those thoughts, Leonard Ellerbe, CEO of Mayweather Promotions, actually believes that the current pound-for-pound star provided the least amount of resistance.
“Probably Floyd’s easiest fight ever,” said Ellerbe on his social media account.
Originally, Mayweather and Alvarez squared off in 2013. Despite having youth and size on his side, Mayweather easily outboxed the Mexican star on the night. Since then, the careers of both men have gone in opposite directions.
Eight years following their showdown, Mayweather has long since retired from the sport, hanging up his gloves for good in 2017 following a 10th round stoppage win against Conor McGregor. Mayweather then carried his 50-0 professional record to the boxing Hall of Fame where he was officially named a member of the 2021 class.
Alvarez, on the other hand, seemingly has plenty more years under his belt before he walks away from the sport. Currently, the multiple division titlist is attempting to become the first undisputed super middleweight champion of all time as he prepares to take on IBF titlist Caleb Plant on November 6th.
By and large, Alvarez is currently considered the best fighter in the sport, regardless of weight classes. In a recent interview, Alvarez, when broached with the question, revealed that if he fought Mayweather while in his prime, he would score the knockout win.
Those sentiments by Alvarez, have become sparked an ongoing debate centering around who would’ve won had Alvarez not faced Mayweather at such a young age. But while the youth of Alvarez is mostly viewed as an impediment to his success all those years ago against Mayweather, Ellerbe simply doesn’t want to hear it.
“Haters will say he had zero experience. Floyd was 36 at the time and Canelo was 23, with a 42-0 record, and outweighed Floyd by 20+ on fight night. They say anything to downplay his greatness.”
Oscar De La Hoya No Longer Interested In Canelo Alvarez: “I Changed My Mind, I’d Rather Call Out Floyd Mayweather Or Felix Trinidad”
By: Hans Themistode
Oscar De La Hoya was very much serious when he announced that he wanted to return to the boxing ring several months ago. The former six-division world champion showed off his older but still shredded physique during a recent workout to promote his showdown against former UFC champion, Vitor Belfort.
The two are set to clash in just a few short weeks on September 11th, at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. While De La Hoya has failed to step foot inside a ring since being handed a one-sided beating against Manny Pacquiao over a decade ago, the 48-year-old has expressed confidence in his current comeback.
Initially, De La Hoya had much more ambitious plans. Should he pick up the win against Belfort and another against a yet to be determined opponent, De La Hoya revealed that a showdown against pound-for-pound star Canelo Alvarez was on his agenda. Yet, after carefully considering his options, De La Hoya is now targeting a pair of former champions much closer to his age bracket.
“I changed my mind,” said De La Hoya to FightHype.com when asked if he still wanted to face Alvarez. “Not because he’ll knock me out. It’s just, I thought it over and I’d actually rather call out, after I do two [comeback fights], Floyd Mayweather or Felix Trinidad.”
De La Hoya, of course, has plenty of experience in facing both men. In 2007, De La Hoya took on Mayweather with his WBC 154 pound title on the line. Although De La Hoya had his moments, Mayweather proved to be far too elusive as he won a close split decision.
Eight years prior, a prime, undefeated De La Hoya attempted to unify his WBC 147 pound title with the IBF trinket of Trinidad. Early on, De La Hoya had little to no trouble dealing with the hard-hitting Hall of Famer. However, a deleterious shot from Trinidad zapped the confidence of De La Hoya during the latter rounds and forced him to box a much more cautious fight.
His reluctance to engage ultimately led to his defeat. Since then, De La Hoya has always looked back on his loss against Trinidad with regret, wishing he had done more in the later stages.
Now, if things go according to plan, it appears as though he’ll attempt to make things right against either Trinidad or Mayweather.
DeJuan Blake, Cousin And Cornerman Of Floyd Mayweather, Believes He Didn’t Want To “Hurt” Logan Paul
By: Hans Themistode
Rich, great boxer, icon, money-hungry, extravagant, boring, and flamboyant are some of the words, whether fair or not, that have been used to describe Floyd Mayweather. One word that has seldom, if ever, been used to describe the Hall of Famer, however, is compassionate.
Yet, according to DeJuan Blake, cousin and cornerman of Mayweather, compassionate is the perfect way to describe the retired undefeated fighter.
Recently, Mayweather became enticed with the idea of facing former YouTuber turned de-facto boxer, Logan Paul. After hammering out a deal, the two would face off in an eight-round exhibition contest on June 6th, earlier this year at the Hard Rock Casino in Miami Florida. In an effort to prove that size was of no importance, Mayweather, who was already facing a four-inch height and reach disadvantage, willingly allowed Paul to outweigh him by 35 pounds on the official day of the weigh-in. On the night of the fight, with no hydration clause, Paul seemingly outweighed Mayweather by over 50 pounds.
Despite everything pointing in Paul’s favor from a physical standpoint, many were expecting the former five-division world champion to stop his man. To the surprise of many, Mayweather vs. Paul went the full eight-round distance. While some have lauded Paul for his ability to hang in there with arguably the greatest fighter of his generation, Blake has revealed that Paul was only able to accomplish that feat due to Mayweather showing him mercy.
“It’s an exhibition like Floyd said,” explained Blake during an interview with The Sun. “He’s not a boxer, why would he want him to get hurt and not be able to go home and talk to his family? One punch could change the game, why would he want to hurt him like that?”
As a muscular Paul stood towering over a much smaller Mayweather, the undefeated five-division titlist appeared unafraid of what his opponent threw in his direction. For most of their exhibition showdown, a normally defensive Mayweather pushed the pedal to the metal and seemingly attempted to inflict serious harm. Nonetheless, no matter how many times Mayweather landed a concussive shot, Paul would lean in and use his large frame to grab and hold his much smaller opponent.
In the end, Mayweather believed that if he truly wanted to, he could have found the game-ending blow.
“I mean, I could’ve,” said Mayweather when asked if he could have stopped Paul shortly after their exhibition. “I could’ve pressed real, real hard and started throwing crazy combinations but I had fun tonight.”
In spite of the fun and games, Mayweather had plenty of heated moments between both Logan Paul and his brother Jake. The two would continually warn Mayweather that his undefeated streak would be coming to an end. In addition to that, Logan went as far as to say that he would successfully knock Mayweather out.
Regardless of the constant back and forth sparring on the microphone, Blake believes that Mayweather was tenderhearted due to the constant dangers any fighter faces when entering the ring.
“A lot of people said, you should knock him out for all the sh*t he’s talking. But at the end of the day, Floyd loves the sport that he’s been involved in, but he also hates what comes with the damage that comes after the sport is over.”
Manny Pacquiao: “I Don’t Think He (Floyd Mayweather) Can Give Errol Spence Advice”
By: Hans Themistode
Floyd Mayweather figured them all out.
No matter the name, the newly inducted Hall of Famer analyzed what was in front of him on fight night, and found a way to unlock the puzzle they presented to him. Amongst the long list of fighters that Mayweather ultimately defeated during his 50-0 career, was none other than Manny Pacquiao.
With the 42-year-old now scheduled to take on unified welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr. on August 21st, Mayweather has openly admitted that he is rooting against his long-time rival. In fact, Mayweather has gone as far as to say that he’ll be reaching out to Spence Jr. in the coming weeks to offer him advice.
Upon hearing the news, Pacquiao couldn’t control himself from laughing. While he respects Mayweather as a great fighter, he doesn’t believe there’s anything he can teach Spence Jr. at this stage.
“I don’t think he can give Errol Spence advice about technique,” said Pacquiao to several reporters. “Errol Spence is younger and he knows what he’s doing.”
During their 2015 showdown, Mayweather boxed a cautious fight against Pacquiao. Although there were several dull moments throughout, Mayweather successfully disarmed his man throughout 12 rounds. With that said, Pacquiao had his moments. In round four, the Philippine native avoided a right hand of Mayweather and landed a straight left of his own. From there, he unloaded with a barrage of punches, most of which were blocked.
Those moments of action, however, came few and far between as Mayweather picked his shots and banked rounds all night long. While it wasn’t viewed as the most exciting fight, Mayweather got the results he was looking for, a unanimous decision victory.
In the case of Spence Jr., Pacquiao is expecting a much different fight. The powerful southpaw is known for breaking his opponents down until he scores the violent stoppage win. In his most recent ring appearance, Spence Jr. relentlessly attacked former two-division champion, Danny Garcia. While he didn’t get the knockout victory, Spence Jr. dominated his man over the course of 12 rounds.
Pacquiao has taken the time to look closely at both men. On one end, Spence Jr. presents all-out action. On the other, he views Mayweather as not always fan-pleasing but highly effective. With the massive difference in their styles, Pacquiao simply doesn’t believe that Mayweather’s level of expertise is pertinent.
“He’s an aggressive fighter. That’s the kind of fight that the people want. He (Floyd Mayweather) can’t help.”
Tyron Woodley Shares His Experience Of Training With Floyd Mayweather As He Prepares For Jake Paul Showdown
By: Hans Themistode
When former UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley first revealed that he would be taking on Jake Paul, many believed that he would simply become another victim of the social media star.
Whether anyone likes it or not, Paul is currently riding a three-fight win streak in the boxing ring and is fresh off scoring the biggest victory of his career when he stopped former MMA star Ben Askren in the first round of their contest which took place this past April. Although Woodley is considered far and away the best fighter Paul has ever faced, he’ll still faces several disadvantages come fight night.
Besides Paul holding a four-inch height and two-inch reach advantage, at the age of 39, Woodley is getting a bit long in the tooth. Still, regardless of the dust piling up on his birth certificate, Woodley has expressed an enormous amount of hubris for their upcoming August showdown.
Once word spread of Woodley stepping out of the mixed martial arts cage and into the squared circle, many have questioned whether or not he’ll be familiar with the confines of his new fighting home.
Offering to be the panacea to Woodley as he transitions, is newly inducted Hall of Famer, Floyd Mayweather. At first, upon hearing that Mayweather was interested in training him, Woodley took his words as somewhat tongue and cheek. However, after spending his first training session with Mayweather just yesterday, Woodley was somewhat surprised with the level of intensity.
“I didn’t know if it was just because he was so disrespected by Jake or if he really wanted to help me,” said Woodley as he spoke on Mayweather’s run in with Jake Paul several months ago during an interview with Fight Hub TV. “He came in yesterday and we trained yesterday and he really wants to help me. I wasn’t prepared to be honest because I just did a crazy workout before and I didn’t know we were going to work out. I didn’t know if we were just going to go over a couple things, show me a couple moves and just for some cameras and photo ops like nah, we really trained.”
While Woodley refrained from spilling the beans on what strategy Mayweather told him to use, the former UFC champion did go into detail about what their first training session was like.
“For one, I shadowboxed for nearly an hour. Just watching my footwork, motion and details. It don’t sound like much but I dare somebody to shadowbox for ten minutes then come holla at me. Your calves are going to burn in a whole different way. After that he said, I want you to jump on the bag. He said give me that UFC power.”
Mayweather, 44, has become very familiar with the entire Paul family. Less than a month ago, Mayweather took on Jake’s older brother, Logan, in an eight-round exhibition. As agreed upon, no winner was announced after their contest but from the outside looking in, Mayweather appeared to get the better of Logan several times over, despite giving up approximately 50 pounds in weight.
With the former five-division world champion officially hanging up his gloves in 2017, Mayweather has stated several times over that he will never return to the ring for a professional fight. Instead, Mayweather has placed his focus on promoting, as he currently has one of boxing’s youngest stars in Gervonta Davis in his fighting stable. Outside of promoting, Mayweather has also turned to coaching. By the sound of it, Woodley is enjoying the motivational push he’s receiving from one of the greatest fighters of all time.
“He was just pushing me, saying hey you the fighter, you the best, you the champion. You the mother f*cker he worried about, he ain’t no fighter, walk him down, punish him. He’s a real coach.”
Floyd Mayweather On The Future Of Gervonta Davis: “We Keep Everything In House, We’re Not Gonna Go Make Another Company Great, We’ve Got Plenty Of Fighters”
By: Hans Themistode
Gervonta Davis did exactly what many were expecting.
Despite giving up several inches in height, reach and weight, Davis was still the prohibited favorite against Mario Barrios this past weekend at State Farm Arena, in Atlanta Georgia. Davis dropped Barrios three times before ultimately stopping him in the 11th to strip away his WBA “Regular” super lightweight world title.
Like always, the immediate question for Davis was what’s next? With the Baltimore native holding world titles at 130, 135 and 140 simultaneously – there is a long list of fighters that he could face in his next trip to the ring. At 130 pounds, the likes of Shakur Stevenson and Oscar Valdez would have openly admitted that they would love a showdown against Davis. At 135, Devin Haney, Teofimo Lopez, Ryan Garcia, and of course – Vasiliy Lomachenko, are all patiently waiting on him.
In terms of his of the possible names he could be up against in his new home of 140 pounds, Josh Taylor, the undisputed world champion at the weight class, has gone back and forth with Davis several times over. Yet, for fans who are craving a matchup between Davis and any of those fighters, they were left highly disappointed as Floyd Mayweather has revealed that future Davis fights will take place against fighters amongst his stable.
“We work smarter not harder,” said Mayweather as he addressed the future of Davis following his win. “Mayweather Promotions, PBC (Premier Boxing Champions), we all one family. We keep everything in house. We’re not gonna go away and make another company great. We’ve got plenty of fighters at 140, 135 and 130. We’re gonna continue to fight the fighters that we’ve got to fight.”
While neither PBC nor Mayweather Promotions possess many of the top names in those weight classes, one fighter that has dared Mayweather to call him out is former 140-pound champion, Regis Prograis. The New Orleans native gave credit to Davis following his win over Barrios but didn’t mince words when describing what would have happened if the two faced off in the ring.
“Good fight Tank, solid opponent but he ain’t me,” said Prograis during a self-recorded video late last night. “I will f*cking knock you out little boy.”
While it’s unclear if Prograis will have his wish granted, there’s a chance he could be next in line. In October of 2020, Prograis took on Mayweather Promotions signed fighter, Juan Heraldez, knocking him out in the third round. Ironically enough, Prograis took care of business on the undercard of Gervonta Davis vs. Leo Santa Cruz. With Mayweather making it clear that he has no intentions of placing Davis in a matchup against anyone outside of his stable, this could make Prograis the frontrunner.