Floyd Mayweather will put his 44-0 record on the line against Canelo Alvarez this Saturday at the MGM Grand Garden Arena but still found time to stop by Ferrall on the Bench and answer a few questions.
“I’m just blessed, man,” Mayweather told Scott Ferrall. “I have a tremendous team, like I said before. Working hand-in-hand with Leonard Ellerby and working with Al Haymon, they had a tremendous game plan on the outside. They (take) care of business on the outside. My job (is) to go inside the ring and take care of business. They give me comfort on the outside so I can go in there with comfort and take care of business on the inside.”
Mayweather, 36, has fought at the MGM since he was a teenager but still feels it’s a special place. Tickets for his fight with Alvarez sold out within hours, creating the largest gate – $19.9 million – in Nevada history.
“The MGM, this is home, man,” he said. “It’s always been my ultimate goal just to fight at the MGM. I fought here as a teenager, as an amateur. But to sell out the arena every time I fight, it’s a blessing.”
Mayweather, with 26 career knockouts, remains unblemished and is closing in on heavyweight champion Rocky Marciano’s iconic 49-0 record. His fight with the 23-year-old Alvarez, also unbeaten, could challenge the pay-per-view record of $132 million that was generated for Mayweather’s 2007 fight with Oscar De La Hoya.
Mayweather will earn approximately $41.5 million for the fight, Alvarez around $6 million.
“I take my hat off to Showtime and CBS,” Mayweather said. “They’ve done a tremendous job. Just working hand-in-hand with those guys, we had a great (promotional) game plan. It’s all about having a great game plan. It’s all about timing.”
Aside from boxing, Mayweather also leads the Money Team, an entourage of boxers fighting under his camp.
“I’m just learning,” Mayweather said of leading his team. “Everything is a learning process. The only thing I can do is take one day at a time, keep my fingers crossed and hope for the best. It’s not about being rich financially. It’s about being rich at heart. If you want to be the best, it takes a lot of hard work.”