Floyd Mayweather held a press conference earlier this week, where he discussed his upcoming fight with Conor McGregor on August 26.
During this lengthy Q&A, Floyd discusses his career trajectory at the age of 40, and his plans for killing the real estate game when he is fully retired from fighting, and his training regiment for the big fight.
Q: Do you spend any time thinking about how this is the last camp, this is going to be the last weigh-in or do you think back at all the to the start of your career?
Floyd Mayweather: Actually I thought that Andre Berto was going to be the last weigh-in, I thought that was going to be the last training camp, I mean just honestly speaking I thought that was going to be my last everything. You just don't ever know what can happen. We're here with this big event.
This is my last one, ladies and gentlemen. I gave my word to Al Haymon, I gave my word to my children, and one thing I don't want to do is break that. I'm going to stick to my word. This will be my last fight.
Q: What was the really seminal moment for you that really turned the tide and got everyone's attention for you? Was it more like aligning with Al Haymon and following the plan that both of you guys laid out?
Floyd Mayweather: Al Haymon and I joined forced because when Al Haymon saw me he saw not just a fighter but a person with a sharp mind, very articulate, and very smart, and not just in the ring but outside the ring and he knew that we could be a powerful force together.
Now once again, when I fought Diego Corrales, I did good numbers. When I fought Angel Manfredy, I did good numbers. And the list before I even got to Haymon, I did good numbers. But me and Haymon together came together and had a game plan, whereas when I was dealing with people in the past, nobody ever really had game plan. I had a game plan. We already had a game plan. Me and Leonard both had a game plan, but it was missing a piece. So when we all came together as one, that's when I came up with a game plan and they started putting everything into play.
Q: Also after this fight, how do you think you're going to spend your life? I know you got Mayweather Promotions, but what else are you going to be involved in and what are you going to be doing as the days pass?
Floyd Mayweather: My real estate portfolio is truly amazing. The real estate, that's very, very huge. That's a huge part of my life. My children are going to college so that's going to take up a lot of my time because education is extremely important in my home.
I want my kids to do something that I wasn't able to do. I want them to be able to go college, and then the businesses that I leave for them, I want them to be able to take those businesses and take them to the next level. If I took a business and made $100 million, I want them to take it to the next level to make $400 or $500 million. So it's all about giving back. I've built different businesses and got businesses started so my children's children can takeover someday.
Q: What weight class do you believe that you were at your absolute best in and why?
Floyd Mayweather: Well I think it all depends on certain fights. You look at the Diego Corrales fight. There was a lot of people talking about that one. And at 135, the fight against Phillip Ndou. People like to talk about that as one of their favorite fights. At 140 they like to talk about the fight against Arturo Gatti because I really wasn't at 140 at that moment.
And then at 147, they like to talk about the fight against Ricky Hatton. And at 154 they say it was a hell of a fight between me and Miguel Cotto. Then they also talk about how I was dominant at 154 against Canelo. I guess different days go different ways when you go out there and compete. I don't want to judge myself, I just want to say that, different days I feel different ways. It all depends on how I feel when I go out there. Because some days I don't feel up to par but I still go out there and I put on a hell of a show. Some days I go out there and feel great and the show is really not that good.
Q: For which fight would you say that this is the best Floyd Mayweather there's ever been?
Floyd Mayweather: I can't really say. I don't even watch the fights because it's hard for me to watch. It could be any of my top fights that people say that they love the most, but I say I could've been better. I could have done that better because I'm critical of myself and I feel like there's never been enough. When I go out there and compete, I could've done something better, I could've been better. So, it's good to not even watch it. My older son, both my boys, not my youngest daughter, but my three oldest, they love to going on YouTube and watching it.
Q: Was there one fight in your mind that, even though you got the victory, that maybe you were disappointed in your performance?
Floyd Mayweather: There have been a few fights where I probably said yes, I won, but that wasn't my best. But I come back and I look better the next time. I look at lot better the next time.
Q: What do you expect the atmosphere and the level of crown support to be like on the night and how do you think that will be divided between yourself and him?
Floyd Mayweather: That really doesn't have anything to do with the crowd. It has something to do with the two competitors. It could be pro-McGregor, it could be pro-Mayweather. It's all about excitement, it's all about giving everybody excitement, my fans as well as his fans, that's what it really is about. I want to touch on the subject so everybody knows, that me and Ricky Hatton actually fought at 147, but we fought in 10 ounce gloves. So, I was going to make sure everybody on the phone is aware when me and Ricky Hatton fought against each other, we wore 10 ounce gloves and was at 147 pounds.
Q: How often have you used the 8 ounce gloves and how often the 10 ounce gloves?
Floyd Mayweather: Well, from 147 all the way down the boxing weights, you fight in 8 ounce gloves. From 154 that all the way to heavyweight, you fight in 10 ounce gloves. At one time boxing there was a lot of trauma and head injuries, so they brought 10 ounce gloves in for the fights to wear at 147. But then they went back. The guess that they weren't getting the blood, sweat and tears they were expecting to get, so they had to go back to the guys wearing 8 ounce gloves at 147 all the way down.
Q: I was just wondering how closely that you followed what happened this weekend in Charlottesville with the protest and if you have any thoughts on it and the president's reaction to it?
Floyd Mayweather: I've honestly been extremely, extremely busy, so I haven't even been on social media or been watching TV. I've been extremely busy training, working out and just spending time a lot of time with my daughter. But I've seen some things, and what's going down in Charlottesville, it's not cool. It's not cool at all. I always talk about the world needs to be a more positive place. I didn't really hear what the president said. I've been so focused on this event, it's so huge.
Q: I was curious if you've seen the video that was released of Conor's sparing session with Paulie Malignaggi and what you thought of that, even though it was only about 20 seconds.
Floyd Mayweather: I had a chance to see it. And my thought is that I think it was really interesting, but with a lot of rabbit punching; a lot of illegal rabbit punching behind the head. A lot of grappling, a lot of wrestling, a lot of illegal shots. That's just my honest opinion. I'm pretty sure the referee is going to be fair on both sides. I just want a good solid fight.
Q: Did you believe he got the knockdown on Paulie based on the video we saw?
Floyd Mayweather: Some some may call it a knockdown; some may not call it a knockdown. But at the end of the day, it only counts once you get under the lights, that's just in a gym. We sit here judging Paulie, a guy that's been retired and just commentating and traveling the world and not going to the gym at all, instead of going in there with a guy who is just working out, an athlete period, just working out every day.
Q: I wanted to get your assessment of the referee and do you think he will play a part in the fight at all?
Floyd Mayweather: I truly believe the ref is going to do his job. The referee's job is to make sure that he's keeping the bout clean. I want to have a good fight. Like I said on numerous occasions going up to this fight, I'm coming straight ahead. So, he doesn't have anything to worry about. I look forward to following the rules of boxing. I'm pretty sure he looks forward to following the rules of boxing. He had Joe Cortez in his training camp which is a great thing. Even though he had Joe Cortez in his training camp, I still see him doing extremely dirty things. But my job is not to worry about the referee, my job is to go out there and fight and let the referee do his job.
Q: Obviously you've fought in 8 ounce gloves, but do you think that favors you or Conor more the fact that they dropped the gloves to 8 ounces? Or how do you think that really affects the outcome of this fight?
Floyd Mayweather: I'm not really worried about the outcome. I'm worried more about excitement. Conor said he's used to fighting in 4 ounce gloves. If you go to my social media page, you'll see where I put out the extra work. I want to make him feel comfortable as possible. I'm not going to have any excuses. I don't want him to have any excuses.
Q: How has the process of training and recovery changed as you've aged?
Floyd Mayweather: It's not really the same. I think with age comes wisdom. It's about just knowing your body.
When I was younger and I talked about this Media Day, you're young, it's fight, fight, fight; never let the body recoup or rejuvenate. Whereas I'm older now, so resting is very, very, very important.
I work extremely hard still at the age of 40, but I'm letting the body rest a lot more. And that's why, you guys saw on All Acces I was taking time. I have a whole team that helps me keep my body intact and in order.