In April 2002 in the Castillo clash, Mayweather was awarded a unanimous decision which was roundly greeted by boos from the MGM Grand crowd and further disappointment in the media post-fight. In the return six months later, Mayweather seemed to win much more convincingly, although was handed a closer triumph on the cards.
Mayweather is still adamant that he clearly did enough in both contests to have his hands raised and has been training flat-out to be in the best shape he can be to avoid any close scoring in his rematch against Maidana on Saturday.
“What I’ll say is, I know what you have to do. I’m one that always speaks his mind, and I speak from the heart so a lot of times people don’t like that. A lot of people they say certain things and I just speak on what I feel is the truth,” said Mayweather.
“So if you really just go back and look at the Castillo first fight, and you can just put your TV on mute, the first six rounds he’s not even landing a shot. So if I win six rounds and we got six rounds left, and people don’t think out of six rounds that I’m capable of just winning just two rounds that still would be eight to four. So like I said before, I’m good with math and I’m still sharp.
“I don’t know, with Castillo I already knew what he had done the first fight. But, with me the commentators persuade people to think a certain way. Put it on mute, put your TV on mute and watch the fight, you’ll look at the fight in a total different way. I can look at a fight and hear the commentators start saying certain things, and I’d be like sometimes the commentators will say certain things, I’ll be like what is he talking about, what is he watching.
“This training camp has been tremendous. I mean I’m talking about I’m in good shape. I have been boxing fifteen rounds with only one break, so I feel good.
“I just have to go out there and just be me and be first. I can’t really say how the fight is going to play out, but I’m pretty sure he’s going to be once again extremely dirty and wild, and my job is to keep everything under control the best way that I can.”
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