Mayweather Talks About Being A Promoter
As he ignores calls to return to the ring, Floyd Mayweather is focusing on making calls to get his fighters into top positions.
The twice retired fighter did a recent interview with FightHype, focusing on the growth of Mayweather Promotions.
While the majority of Mayweather Promotions up until his two retirements were focused around his own career, Mayweather defended his company’s production of talent that are not himself.
“Mickey Bey lost,” Mayweather said. “I bring him back and what? He won a world title. Badou Jack took a little nod back, but I brought him back. Ishe [Smith], I’m always putting him in a hell of a position. So I’m doing my job as a promoter. I’m doing my job as a promoter. J’Leon Love, he supposed to have fought James DeGale this fight, but he said he wasn’t ready. He said he wasn’t ready. And my thing is this, opportunities like that comes once in a lifetime. We signed up to be fighters and when the opportunity presents itself again, I’m gonna put him in that position.”
“My guy Ron just fought for a world title, which I thought he pulled it off. A hell of a fight. I thought he pulled it off, but he didn’t get the nod. But they fittin’ to run it back again. So I’m not doing my job as a promoter? I’m doing my job. I’m doing my job as a promoter and I’m gonna continue to do my job as a promoter.”
Ronald Gavril, a.k.a “my guy Ron” is set to challenge WBC super middleweight champ David Benavidez in a rematch February 17th in Vegas. Benavidez took a split decision victory in their first fight in September of 2017, also in Las Vegas.
Love’s decision to turn down the DeGale fight enabled underdog Caleb Truax to go to London, and upset DeGale by majority decision to win the IBF super middleweight title December 9th.
Mayweather made sure to emphasize that it’s important for his fighters to heed his advice.
“One thing fighters are gonna do,” Mayweather said,
“if I’m putting you in a position and helping you, you have to listen to me because once you stop listening … and doing something else, and we’re not on the right path, then all sh*t falls apart, everything falls apart. So we have to stay on the right path, you have to listen and do the right thing.”
Mayweather Promotions also promotes former IBF super featherweight champion Gervonta Davis. Davis had a rough 2017, not only did Davis miss weight prior to his fight against Francisco Fonseca on the Mayweather- McGregor undercard, he would end up losing his title on the scale the day prior to the August 26th showdown.
Davis doesn’t have a fight scheduled, but likely will fight for a title at some point later this year.
“I’m gonna continue to keep putting my fighters in great positions,” Mayweather said.
“Me and Al Haymon will always work together and stay on the same page. We don’t argue. We communicate like civilized adults and, like I said before, he’s just like my dad. I’ve got a father for boxing and I’ve got a father for business. One taught me how to fight in the inside, one taught me how to fight on the outside.”