In a great (if sadly cut short) interview at FightHype, Floyd Mayweather Sr. appears both still confident and reconciled with his son. He's confident that his son will beat Juan Manuel Marquez easily and would do the same to Manny Pacquiao.
Among Big Floyd's more choice quotables:
- "I think Little Floyd would toy with Pacquiao. He would toy with Pacquiao and Marquez. He's going to toy with Marquez."
- "Hatton just wouldn't take instructions."
- "I told (Hatton) to work behind his jab because he wasn't just going to walk this guy down, man. Ricky even said it wasn't my fault. He told me that after the fight. He knows that wasn't my fault."
- On not being at Ricky's side after he was knocked out: "I was there for a little while, but what the hell was I going to do? He needed medical attention. ... That's just people looking for anything."
There is so much more I want to know about the Hatton camp for the Pacquiao fight that probably won't come out in much detail any time soon, but it's part of what I look forward to if and when Ricky eventually writes a book about his career, which I think could be a phenomenal read. The allegations that Mayweather was "frequently" late for training and it pissed Hatton off are interesting. I think the general feeling right now is that Mayweather didn't actually care much about Hatton, but I also think that might well be a two-way street: Ricky was trained for his entire career by a guy who was one of his closest friends. Floyd has never trained a guy to be his friend, he's trained to make him a better fighter.
Percy Crawford of FightHype also heard "LIttle" Floyd in the background with the following quote: "[Pacquiao and Marquez] are both too small for me. I'll beat both of them."
Does he think that makes him sound tough?