Floyd Mayweather points out Robert Garcia ‘fight dirty’ contradiction
WBC 147 and 154lb champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. believes that top coach Robert Garcia is contradicting himself when complaining about opponents being dirty to his fighters.
Mayweather, 37, has stated that he was shocked to hear claims that Garcia sent out Marcos Maidana to fight dirty in their first meeting in May, but even more so when witnessing the trainer complain about Diego Chaves when he did the same to Brandon Rios recently.
“Well, I’m glad that someone got the chance to see that side of Robert Garcia. He’s supposed to be “one of the best trainers” in the sport of boxing, but I think it’s totally disrespectful to the sport of boxing for a trainer to be telling the guy to be dirty,” said Mayweather.
“The only thing that I want to do is give the people an exciting, good fight and give the people an exciting night of boxing. But it’s not cool for him as a trainer, one of the best trainers in the sport of boxing, to be telling the guy be dirty, but then get upset when Brandon Ríos fight and he wants to complain to the referee. That’s not cool at all.
“Also, Robert Garcia is worried about the gloves, not Maidana, so why is Robert Garcia worried about the gloves if he’s not fighting or he’s not trying to do anything slick that he shouldn’t be doing. He’s doing all the talking. I haven’t heard it, but when I do my interviews, different writers let me know that Robert Garcia is saying and complaining about me doing certain things.
“What I think is this, I try to tell my sons to always conduct themselves like young men, so under any circumstances always conduct yourself like a young man. Even though you guys see ALL ACCESS you must understand that it’s about entertainment also. I have to sell tickets. That’s a part of my job, and I signed up for this.
“But when it’s something like that I just tell myself keep your composure, just relax, and the referee’s going to do his job. I guess on that night the referee had a bad night. This didn’t just start, this has been going on since the beginning of my career. If you guys go back and look and at how fighters have been fighting dirty in front of me with different dirty tactics. Even in the Canelo fight you go look and see.”
Mayweather, 37, has already approved a change of referee for the rematch with Maidana as Tony Weeks makes way for Kenny Bayless, with ‘Money’ emphasizing that a fair fight is at the forefront of his mind.
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