Although no one was surprised to see the undefeated pound for pound king on hand, appropriately paying homage to the “Black Mamba”, most in attendance were taken aback to witness Floyd at the podium, accepting the honor on his Uncle Roger’s behalf.
Despite the rumors currently circulating around the boxing community concerning Roger Mayweather’s eroding physical and mental health, most outside of the TMT circle weren’t aware of the level of seriousness surrounding the former 130 and 140 pound champ’s condition.
In a seemingly heartfelt and candid interview conducted by Ben Thompson of FightHype.com, the sporting world’s top earner elaborated on his Uncle Roger’s ailments.
“What most people don’t know is that my Uncle Roger has lost a lot of memory from the sport of boxing,” professed Floyd Mayweather. “He’s only in his 50’s, but it seems like he’s an old man that’s in his 80’s…from the sport of boxing.”
“Boxing is wear and tear on the body. My Uncle Roger, I love him dearly, and it hurts me extremely bad that he doesn’t even know who I am anymore. He doesn’t even know who I am anymore.”
While most fight fans are fully aware of the harsh realities attached to what Mike Tyson once characterized as “The Hurt Business”, supporters of the sweet science are considered to be some of the most critical and scrutinizing of the entire sporting world.
In the aforementioned sobering interview, Floyd reminds all boxing fans to consider the residual effects most prizefighters inevitably endure after their respective careers are finished before electing to cast aspersions about any boxer and their choice of opposition or fight style in the ring.
“Today my Uncle Roger wasn’t at the gym,” admitted Floyd during last week's interview with fight scribe Ben Thompson. “He wandered off, got lost and went somewhere. So we have different people from our team and staff out looking for him. They don’t know where he went.”
“A day before the Pacquiao fight, Roger walked from the MGM Grand all the way to his house. That’s twenty miles…probably more. So what we’re working on is getting Roger some help. We now have to get him a caretaker and the best help possible. And that’s what’s really important to me right now.”
“These are the things we don’t talk about. It hurts me to see my Uncle Roger in his condition. He’s not eating right. He uses foul language and gets in uncontrollable moods. It’s bad. And it didn’t just come from diabetes…it came from boxing.”
“So when I talk about my career and the sport of boxing, my health and the health of my family is more important than anything.”
Despite Team Mayweather’s consistent message that Andre Berto will ultimately be Floyd’s final professional contest, most fight scribes and boxing pundits don’t believe the pound for pound champ is being genuine.
In light of his Uncle Roger’s accelerated condition, and given his current age, it’s fathomable that Floyd Mayweather could in fact be telling his fans the truth when he insists his September 12th PPV event with the former two-time Welterweight title holder will indeed be the last fight of his professional boxing career.
Is Floyd Mayweather content with retirement, and prepared to leave the sport as reigning champion, like Lennox Lewis did over a decade ago?
Only time will tell.
(Mayweather vs Berto | News)