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Why Floyd Mayweather is ‘perfect’

Floyd Mayweather with the main event fights Badou Jack and James DeGale

Floyd Mayweather with the main event fighters Badou Jack and James DeGale ((Photo by Ed Diller/DiBella Entertainment courtesy of Showtime)

Floyd Mayweather was in New York City on Jan.12 to promote an event that his company, Mayweather Promotions, is doing Jan.14 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn but the retired boxing great wasn’t sure about the name of the program.

“Is it ShoBox Leonard?” the pay-per-view King asked Leonard Ellerbe, CEO of Mayweather Promotions, to confirm the name of the show.

“Showtime Extreme,” Ellerbe said in correcting Mayweather, who, after repeating it, said, “I want to make sure I’m right.”

Then came the reason, in addition to his great ring savvy and legendary defensive boxing skills, that made the 39-year old the biggest draw in boxing.

Then came the reason, in addition to his great ring savvy and legendary defensive boxing skills, that made the 39-year old the biggest draw in boxing.

“I’m one of the sharpest knives in the draw.  I may make a mistake. We all know God only made one thing perfect: It’s my boxing record!” The crowd responded with a combination of cheers and laughter, as Mayweather made sure everyone in the building knew one of the reasons he claims to be TBE: the best ever.

When rolling out spoke to Mayweather later, we asked about his comment about perfection and some of the reasons he remained so. “I always trash talk,” Mayweather said of his 49-0 record as a professional. When asked how he could extend that perfection to his Mayweather Promotions company and their talent, Mayweather, who briefly filled in as a stage hand during the press conference, grabbing a mic and mic stand to set up for Ellerbe, didn’t want to compare his fighters to his résumé. “Winning and losing shouldn’t define how a fighter feels.”

Speaking of fighting, Mayweather addressed rumors of the Chris Brown versus Soulja fight and he desire to turn something potentially negative into something positive. “Those guys were talking about fighting in the streets…put the guns down and put the gloves on,” he said.

Mayweather sidestepped questions about Donald Trump and whether he would meet up with him while in New York like he did when announcing the fight in November. Though Mayweather didn’t confirm or deny whether he will attend Trump’s inauguration, he did offer one comment that may indicate he is not part of the #notmypresident movement. “… You hear a lot of people saying ‘we don’t like Trump.’ You don’t even know the man.”

Check out the super middleweight unification bout between Badou Jack and James DeGale. Also on the card, the junior lightweight world champion Jose Pedraza taking on undefeated contender Gervonta Davis. The women will take center stage as super bantamweight world champion Amanda Serrano defends her title against former two-division world champion Yazmin Rivas on Jan. 14 live only on Showtime starting at 9:30 p.m. EST.



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