Floyd Mayweather says he’s not the Greatest, but the Best Ever

Floyd Mayweather Jr.,  scheduled to fight Manny Pacquiao on March 13, 2010 recently had an interview with HBO’s Bored to Death creator and novelist Jonathan Ames for Interview magazine.

Mayweather Jr. is a title holder in 5 different weight divisions and considered by many to be the best boxer of this decade, he is labeled a villain for his ego maniacal ways outside of the ring and his belittling of opponents leading up to fights.

Floyd has talked the talk and has backed up his words by remaining undefeated at 40-0.

Mayweather Jr. also shares the highest grossing pay per view record with Oscar De La Hoya, their boxing match sold 2.4 million pay per view buys.

March 13, 2010 versus Filipino slugger Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao has the potential to be a blockbuster hit and could break Mayweather’s previous record of 2.4 million ppv buys.

Here are a few interesting quote’s from the Issue:

Floyd on him being the Best Ever not the Greatest:

MAYWEATHER: No, no, no. I’m saying I’m the best ever. Ali said he was the greatest of all time, but I say I’m the best ever. You know, everybody has a slogan, and once you beat people over the head with it so much, then that’s what you’ll eventually be called once you retire from the sport or whatever. But the only way that you can make a statement like that true—the only way that it is true—is if you’re doing what you say you’re doing. You get a lot of fighters that talk a lot of trash, but they can’t back it up. I’ve backed up what I’ve said thus far, and I am in a position now to say that I am one of the best—if not the best. A lot of times, in the beginning of my career, I put pressure on myself just because I wanted to perform so well. I just wanted to be perfect.

Floyd on his Childhood:

AMES: As I was saying, you started fighting at a very young age. Do you ever wish that you’d had maybe a more traditional childhood?

MAYWEATHER: Well, my life is kind of like Michael Jackson’s, you know? Or similar in some ways: I just think that some people are more strong-minded than others. But every day as a kid, I went to the boxing gym. I knew boxing before I knew anything else. And I was once told if you show your child how to do something and you constantly push them, then eventually they’ll become masters. They’ll become a master of their craft. So that’s probably what happened with me and the sport of boxing.

When asked about the Manny Pacquiao vs. Miguel Cotto fight:

AMES: Hey. So I had a question about the Manny Pacquiao versus Miguel Cotto fight—

MAYWEATHER: Oh, no. That’s not my business, son. If you want that question answered, you gotta call Bob Arum [the Top Rank boxing promoter].

AMES: But if you end up fighting the winner of that fight—

MAYWEATHER: Sir, sir, sir. That’s not my business, sir. You want to know about those fighters, you gotta talk to Bob Arum or talk to those fighters. No matter who wins that fight, all roads lead to Floyd Mayweather. It has nothing to do with me.

Floyd Mayweather a bit defensive when asked about his dating personal life:

AMES: Do you have a steady woman in your life right now?

MAYWEATHER: I don’t talk about my personal life—or what I do with no females.  Just know that I love women. A lot.

The issue of Interview with Floyd “Money” Mayweather Jr. will be coming out next week on December 15th.

Video of Floyd Mayweather Jr. Interview Magazine Photo Shoot

Read the entire Mayweather interview HERE