The following is an excerpt from the recent FightHype feature “FLOYD MAYWEATHER BLASTS STEPHEN A. SMITH”
Ben Thompson with FightHype: During a recent episode of ESPN First Take, Stephen A. Smith made the comment that if you don’t fight Manny Pacquiao next, then he would finally admit that you’ve been the one “avoiding” him all this time. What your take on Stephen’s comment?
Floyd Mayweather: Listen, I don’t give two flying f*cks what Stephen A. Smith say. I ain’t never seen Stephen A. Smith dribble a basketball, catch a football, or box, so I can give two flying f*cks what Stephen A. Smith say. Quote me on that! I repeat, I don’t give a f*ck what Stephen A. Smith gotta say. I ain’t never seen Stephen A. Smith dribble a basketball, catch a football, or get in a boxing ring. He’s just a critic. Critics only got an opinion, like everybody else. Everybody can always talk like they’re a football genius, like they’re a basketball genius, or like they’re a boxing genius, but we ain’t never seen them doing nothing but criticize athletes. So it doesn’t matter who I fight. I can fight two duds; at the end of the day, it’s about working smarter, not harder, so Stephen A. Smith can go on First Take and say whatever he want to say.
If you really want to read this entirely disturbing article, click here.
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Since Floyd Mayweather fights on Showtime and has acknowledged that the “All Access” promotional show the network airs prior to his bouts are fake, he would seem a natural for a starring role in an adult drama.
Since he has no shame, why not put him opposite award winners William H. Macy and Emmy Rossum in the sinfully addictive series “Shameless”? He’s far more compelling outside of the ring than he is in it, especially since he seems adamant about not fighting Manny Pacquiao under any circumstances.
Floyd latest journey into utter stupidity while revealing his IQ may have actually fallen to moronic levels, comes on the heels of verbal shotgun blasts aimed at ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith, who unwittingly (and objectively) assessed Floyd’s now obvious avoidance of Pacquiao.
Before we get to the bottom line on that, let’s do a little homework on this.
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A few weeks back, Stephen A. was joined on the popular morning show “First Take” by Skip Bayless – who has always openly chastised Mayweather – and had this to say on the Monday morning after his rematch with Marcos Maidana.
If you watch that video, Smith reveals to you that he has Floyd’s phone number and at least was on more than casual terms with Mayweather. He has always been a vocal supporter of Floyd’s while publicly declaring that he’s one of his biggest fans. But the video I just referenced, in which Smith both candidly and fairly revealed that Floyd is slipping, probably had a lot to do with starting Floyd’s recent ire.
Its been revealed that the business relationship between Floyd and former manager Leonard Ellerbe was all but severed just days prior to his rematch with Maidana. Ellerbe, who could be seen sitting among the crowd during Maidana II and knew he was basically done with Floyd , never-the-less had this to say about a bout between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather on the podium after the rematch with Maidana.
Now anyone close to Ellerbe knows that Floyd basically instructed Ellerbe to publicly discourage a fight with Manny Pacquiao ever since he made the mistake of saying THIS on camera in front of the world, then immediately saying THAT in front of the same world the very next day. No matter what kind of fan of Mayweather you are, this simply cannot be explained.
As recently as this year, Leonard Ellerbe held the company line, telling assembled press and media that “there will never be a fight with Manny Pacquiao”. But when he recently became especially vocal that Floyd should indeed fight Pacquiao, all of sudden, a nearly 20 year relationship comes to an end.
Not to be outdone, none other than Floyd Mayweather Sr. recently told Sports Illustrated that the long awaited superfight would happen in May 2015. This is especially revealing considering Floyd Sr. has passionately worked to prevent this fight from happening. You can listen to the origins of his reasons by clicking here. In the meantime, this is what he told “FightHype” as documented by Sports Illustrated just days ago:
“Definitely gonna happen. It’s a fight for the world, man, right there,” Mayweather, Sr. told FightHype.com. “It’s the biggest fight that has ever been in life, so like I said man, that fight’s gonna happen. I’ll tell you right now, he never told me the fight’s gonna happen, but I’ll tell you, the fight’s gonna happen.”
Enraged, Lil Floyd suggested his father could go the route of Leonard Ellerbe and had this to say in response:
“Well, my father is totally wrong,” Jr. said. “Like I said before, we have people constantly being removed from the Mayweather Promotions team, Team Mayweather, and we also have people being removed from The Money Team. I want my dad to be with my team, but if he continues to go out there and speak on things that he has no knowledge about without communicating with me, then I must get a new trainer. I’m just saying, when Pacquiao was sleeping, everybody was like, ‘Y’all crazy for trying to make that Mayweather-Pacquiao fight.’ You know what’s so crazy? I just look at the situation like this, ever since Ariza left Pacquiao, he hasn’t had a knockout. What a coincidence!”
He wasn’t done.
“Once again, my Dad has no say-so on my career, Leonard Ellerbe has no say-so on my career, and me and Al Haymon, we’re going to compromise and communicate and always be on the same page.”
Well let’s get Floyd on the witness stand and cross-examine his ass.
Uh “Money”… Is that to suggest that Alex Ariza was a cheater and had something to do with Pacquiao’s success illegally? And if so, why is he now on your team Floyd?
Maybe, just maybe, your father viewed the hiring of Ariza as a sign that you wanted intel on Pacquiao to use in an actual fight with him? Oh and Floyd, before you hired Ariza, did you at least watch this video where he said these things about you regarding a fight with Pacquiao?
Let me read another recent quote from you Floyd. A quote you were dying to give your beloved FightHype to release to the world, while apparently forgetting what Ariza really feels about you.
“One thing that I really want to say while I’m on this phone, a lot of things that I talked about in the past, I was 100 percent right,” says Mayweather. At another point, he states, “Some of the people that used to work with Manny Pacquiao are now working with me, so the best thing for Pacquiao to do is be quiet before he really gets exposed and I tell some things that he don’t want me to tell.”
So… Just what exactly did you mean the other day when you implied that Pacquiao should keep his mouth closed because of what you now know about him?
And finally Floyd, is it fair to conclude that both your father and Leonard Ellerbe could perhaps reveal truths about you that you wouldn’t want them to tell?
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Floyd won’t talk to ESPN – or any other nationally credible news source – because he cannot control the content or the questions. That’s why he prefers to talk to his “friends” at FightHype. Narcissists generally want to script things in their favor, which is why he wouldn’t want another Brian Kenny or R.A. The Rugged Man scenario with Smith, who would tell the truth about his “friend” and embarrass him on national television.
Boxing almost never gets mainstream attention, and when it does, its almost always for the wrong reason. Such will be the case again on “First Take”, because Stephen A. will be forced to talk about the best fight that can be made – that has been avoided by its so-called best fighter.
He’ll be forced to tell the truth about a guy he thought was his friend.
Since I well know how very capable Stephen A. is of defending himself – and will – its important to understand how very aware he is of the content I just provided before Floyd’s recent remarks. Despite considerable evidence to suggest he’s been avoiding Pacquiao, Smith always maintained Floyd was not doing this.
Then, he later started implying he really didn’t want to believe this, even as Pacquiao joined him live inside ESPN’s studio telling him directly that Floyd was afraid of him.
Now, as Smith prepares to offer his retort, devout Mayweather fans have to at least consider drawing the obvious conclusion based on how he’s treated his friends and family concerning a bout with his Filipino BFF.
Simply put, he’s scared of Pacquiao and he’s avoiding him.