Mayweather, Rousey spar
Floyd Mayweather is doing some promoting for his upcoming 49th and, he claims, last fight. Friday he was on ESPN and during his interview he was asked about Ronda Rousey making remarks about him on at least two occasions. Last May, Access Hollywood asked if she’d ever fight Mayweather and she said it would be unlikely, that is, she added, “unless we were dating.”
That was a shot at his record of abusing girlfriends, allegedly, and his having spent time in jail for domestic abuse. More recently while accepting the ESPY Award last month for Fighter of the Year – she beat out Mayweather for the title – Rousey said she wondered “how Floyd feels being beat by a woman for once. I’d like to see you pretend you don’t know who I am now.”
The ‘pretend’ remark was a response to Mayweather saying he didn’t know who “he” was when asked about Rousey last year. When asked about her dissing him on his domestic abuse record, Mayweather hit back by bringing up what Money always brings up -money. His. “I’ve yet to see any MMA fighter, or other boxer, make over $300 million in 36 minutes,” he said. “When she can do that, then call me.”
Prior to the conversation turning to Rousey’s comments, Mayweather congratulated her on the Fighter of the Year Award. “A while back I didn’t know who Ronda Rousey was, so I’m pretty sure she got upset,” he said. “I want to say congratulations to Ronda Rousey and the UFC.”
That was nice but the rest of his remarks made sure to bring up Floyd Mayweather. “You guys have done a tremendous job and I’ve won probably six or seven ESPYs for Fighter of the Year,” he said. “And I truly believe she deserves it. Congratulations to Ronda Rousey.”
Mayweather vs. Berto
The 48-0 Mayweather, 38, will go up against Andre Berto, 31 and 30-3, on September 12 at his usual place of business, the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Most analysts are of the opinion Mayweather picked Berto in order to ensure a victory. But Mayweather, not surprisingly, insists Berto, who has lost 3 of his past six fights, is a worthy opponent.
“With the way he comes, and with the way I’m going to come, if it’s not a knockout, there’s going to be some knockdowns,” Mayweather said. “A lot. And there’s going to be blood. There’s going to be knockdowns, and there’s going to be blood. A lot.”
Look for him to beat Berto easily and go 49-0 and sometime in the weeks following the fight dramatically announce he will step into the ring one more time. What will provide the impetus? The chance to go 50-0, eclipsing the record Rocky Marciano retired with, and the chance to make another massive purse. So what fight will he end on?
A Manny Pacquiao rematch, of course.