Mayweather acknowledges that at 35 he must work harder
By John F. McKenna (McJack): Undefeated superstar World Boxing Council (WBC) welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. (42-0, 26 KO’s) has always worked hard in an effort to perfect his craft as the elite fighter in boxing. Whatever else anyone says about “Money” Mayweather he always enters the ring in shape.
Floyd’s upcoming fight with WBA light middleweight champion Miguel Cotto (37-2, 30 KO’s) will be no exception. Mayweather and Cotto will clash on May 5 at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas.
Mayweather, who turned 35 in February, very rarely talks about his age, but he was quoted in the USA Today saying:
“I’m not really at the end yet, but I’m slowly getting there.”
Floyd made those comments at a news conference at the Apollo Theater in Harlem. Shortly afterwards as an indicator to how dedicated he is to remaining to be perceived as the #1 Pound for Pound fighter in the world Mayweather slipped away at midnight to work out at a gym in Brooklyn.
Floyd makes it abundantly clear that even with the bad boy persona he puts out there for media consumption, he never, ever abuses alcohol or drugs.
Mayweather was also quoted saying:
“To be at this level and still going strong, it’s truly amazing.”
Floyd’s fight with Cotto should be a pretty good barometer as to whether or not he still has the blazing speed he relies so heavily on. Speed and timing are usually the first signs that a fighter is slowing down. To date there has been no sign that “Money” has lost any of his amazing skills.
Cotto stated that his decision to fight Mayweather was made strictly in the interest of business. Miguel avenged a 2008 loss to Antonio Margarito this past December. Cotto feels that in defeating Antonio he won back the things he had lost. Cotto believes that the only reason he lost to Margaritio in the first place was that Antonio’s gloves were loaded.
With that episode behind him Miguel feels as though he has a new lease on life.
Meanwhile any clash between the two titans of the sport, Mayweather and Pacquiao remains in limbo. This time the breaking point is the price split. Many boxing fans have given up on the idea of such a fight ever taking place.
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