For one am not a person who will always agree with Floyd ‘Money May’ Mayweather Jr., but after watching his interview with Brian Kenny, I am convinced that the bias against him has just gone a bit too far.
Kenny stooped to a level that was beneath the curb in my opinion to rattle and unnerve Mayweather in their interview which was supposed to be nothing more than a preview to his fight with Juan Manuel Marquez on July 18 in Las Vegas at the MGM Grand.
Instead it turned out to be a verbal sparring session with Kenny questioning why Money May was fighting Marquez instead of waiting for a mega showdown against ‘The Pac Man’ Manny Pacquaio.
Kenny even question why the press conference to announce the fight occurred on the afternoon of the Hatton-Pacquaio debacle.
For an often polish broadcaster, on this occasion he was very amateurish and came off as stupid as some of the other critics who find banter in castigating Money May without any justifiable cause.
It has always been customary in boxing for press conferences to be held on the day of a major fight, even if the fight did not involve the participating promoter.
In this case and particularly in this troubling economy they did the media a favor by hosting the confab in the same hotel.
Wonder if Kenny had a problem with Andre Ward’s breakfast roundtable with scribes and promoter Dan Goossen earlier on the same day.
The only problem that I have with the Marquez fight is the catch weight of 144 pounds, other than that I think it will be a terrific match-up, but that Mayweather should blow him away.
Mayweather also spoke truthfully when he told Kenny that Pacquaio got his leftovers in De La Hoya and Hatton.
Hatton was undefeated when Mayweather clocked him in the 10th round with mind you 10 ounce gloves. Hatton was never the same after that even in victories that he posted.
De La Hoya required Mayweather to fight him at 154 pounds and with 10 ounce gloves and while the fight was scored a split decision there was not question about who won the fight.
Months later De La Hoya was punished by light hitting Steve Forbes at the Home Depot Center, and then blasted by Pacquaio.
Other fighters who have appeared on the show have been granted with much greater respect than Mayweather. Roy Jones Jr. has even been asked to stay over for an additional segment.
However, Mayweather was not granted such respect and regardless of whether to love him or hate him, as an undefeated fighter who has conquered every challenge before him-he deserves that.
Would Kenny has dissed Kobe Bryant like that? How about LeBron James? Well Mayweather is financially and professionally in that league.
Often with a Black fighter is as brash as Mayweather it is considered disrespectful, but if a white fighter is brash he’s considered confident.
I’m not pulling out the race card, but Kenny failed to conduct himself like a true professional.
Mayweather is what he is. He speaks his mind and he takes offense when he’s not respected as he feels he should be. He has never lost a fight, left an established promoter such as Bob Arum and did better without him than he did with him financially and now people are rooting for him to fall on his face.
Both of his key advisors are Black in Leonard Ellerbe and boxing senator Al Haymon, and he’s raking in $15 million for a nights work against Marquez.
People forget that Mayweather began his illustrious career at 125 pounds. He dominated that divisions and went to light weight and ruled there, went to junior welterweight and was king there, went to the top of the mountain at 147 and when he fought De La Hoya at 154.
I would venture out to say that if he was more media friendly or kinder and gentler or more reflective of the humble Black American that he would be perceived much different.
And oh by the way, yes Shane Mosley is a great fighter, but Mosley can not draw flies to a trash can and Mayweather could not command the money that he will be getting fighter a Mexican fighter.
You may not want to hear this, but Mayweather is pretty smart and a savvy businessman.
I guess it’s nice to be working for yourself.