Floyd Mayweather Jr and Victor Ortiz square off on September 17. (Photo by Daniel Barry/Getty Images)
Floyd Mayweather Jr and ESPN's Brian Kenny have plenty of history together including some terrific televised arguments, but in their latest conversation, Mayweather sounded as laid back and subdued as he did during yesterday's New York press conference when talking about his fight with Victor Ortiz, drug testing, Manny Pacquiao, why he's back in the ring, and more:
On Pacquiao: "What about him? Hopefully Manny Pacquiao steps up to the plate and takes the test, so me and him can fight. I'm just waiting. ... I'm waiting for the fight to happen, but we take one step at a time. As of right now, we're facing Ortiz. And he's a southpaw, so that could lead to the Pacquiao fight, if it's possible. If the Pacquiao fight happens -- if it do or it don't, Floyd Mayweather is not gonna stop fighting. I'm gonna keep fighting and do what I do best, and that's perform and look well doing it."
Mayweather dodges the defamation lawsuit here, which he probably should all things considered and I certainly can't blame him for not giving Brian Kenny any big statements on that topic. Overall it feels like Kenny is trying to spark some of the old Mayweather vs Kenny eruptions here, but Floyd just isn't taking the bait. Mayweather also mostly avoids talking about his domestic violence case, which again is pretty smart. He says very little about any of it, but says he's not worried right now and is just focused on his career again.
Frankly, I'd have preferred Kenny talk more about the fight with Ortiz, which was pushed to the backburner here.