CHICAGO (WOOD) — A confident Floyd Mayweather Jr. took to the podium Tuesday, describing himself as a “legend” as he promoted his upcoming boxing rematch with Marcos Maidana.
Mayweather and Maidana are on a press tour before their Sept. 13 fight, dubbed “Mayhem,” in Las Vegas. Tuesday’s stop was in Chicago.
The pair last met in the ring in May — a fight Mayweather won by majority decision. The Grand Rapids native’s record stands at 46-0.
“Put your money where your mouth is, Floyd,” Maidana’s trainer Robert Garcia said when it was his turn to speak before the crowd. “Winner take all.”
“When it’s all said and done, he’s just a trainer,” Mayweather rebutted. “Floyd Mayweather is a legend. Floyd Mayweather is a living legend.”
When Maidana was at the podium, Mayweather started the crowd chanting to drown out Maidana’s voice and was signing autographs the entire time. Maidana did the same thing when it was Floyd’s turn.
“I want to dominate every fight,” Mayweather told 24 Hour News 8 after the event. “I just truly believe that the less you get hi, the longer you survive in this sport. I’ve got to watch this guy. You know, he’s very, very dirty. The only thing I would tell Robert Garcia is this: If you’re one of the best trainers, tell your fighter to earn the hard way, like I did. If you can beat me fair and square, beat me on an even playing field.”
This time around, Floyd is hoping for less of a mixed martial arts-style of fight.
“We’re going to go out there and give the people a good show, but not a dirty show,” Mayweather said. “As far as illegal head-butts, elbows, knees, like I said before, this is boxing, this is not MMA. If this was MMA, then I could introduce him (Maidana) to (Ultimate Fighting Championship President) Dana White. But this is boxing.”
One of the biggest bones of contention going into the fight is the type of gloves that Mayweather disputed Maidana from using. Tuesday, Maidana showed a bright pink pair of gloves that he said he will wear for the rematch.