MANILA, Philippines – Floyd Mayweather Sr., the father and trainer of American boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr., criticized light-heavyweight champion Bernard Hopkins for seeking a “mega-fight” against the unbeaten pound-for-pound king.
The 48-year-old Hopkins recently defended his light-heavyweight belt by outpointing top contender Karo Murat, and later told RingTV that he hopes to face Mayweather, potentially at a 160-pound catchweight.
Mayweather, who recently defeated Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, fights at welterweight or 147 pounds.
In an interview with Hustle Boss, Mayweather Sr. fired off against Hopkins, saying the “Executioner” was “foolish” for seeking a bout against his son.
“He’s talking awful foolish. It’s a good thing for what he’s done and what he’s doing still. But I’m going to tell you right now, he’s jealous about Floyd… He ain’t fighting Floyd. It’s stupid, man,” said Mayweather Sr.
Mayweather Sr. pointed out that Hopkins will have a huge size advantage against his son, even if the bout will be held at a catchweight.
“The structure he is, light heavyweight. Floyd’s a welterweight, and a small one at that,” he said.
Moreover, even if Hopkins does make the 160-pound catchweight, he can easily rehydrate and put on weight the night before the fight.
“To be honest with you, it doesn’t make sense for that fight to even take place. Because if he takes all that weight off, anybody can put on a certain amount of weight,” said Mayweather Sr.
“And he’s already bigger anyways, too. He’s a much bigger guy, much taller guy. It’s not Floyd’s fault because he’s doing what he’s doing and he’s where he’s at,” he added.
Hopkins has said that a fight between him and Mayweather can potentially be held in May next year.
“You give me until May of next year, 2014, to make 160 (pounds)? Oh, that fight is on,” said Hopkins.
Golden Boy chief executive Richard Schaefer, who promotes Hopkins and works with Mayweather, already has an idea on how he would promote a fight.
“I like the promotional story… With Bernard approaching 50 (years old) and Floyd Mayweather approaching 50-0,” he said. “So Floyd is approaching a 50 number, and Hopkins is approaching a 50 number, and that sort of gets my promotional juices going.”
Schaefer acknowledged, however, that it would be Mayweather who will make the final decision on the fight.
“Floyd is… going to decide who he wants to fight and when he wants to fight, and where he wants to fight. So it’s not up to me, it’s up to Floyd,” he said.