MANILA, Philippines – Undefeated American superstar Floyd Mayweather Jr. learned to appreciate the small things after his brief incarceration earlier this year, a period that he calls “a small obstacle” in his life.
Mayweather was jailed from June 1 until August 13 after pleading guilty to a 2010 domestic violence charge.
“It’s just a certain obstacle that I went through in life,” Mayweather told Boxing Scene. “Everybody goes through certain obstacle in life, and you live and you learn, and only the strong survive.”
“I’m one of the strong ones. It was just a small obstacle. I done my time, and I’m still strong,” he added.
Mayweather revealed that he was locked up for 23 hours a day on weekdays and 24 hours a day on weekends. He kept in shape by doing 1,300 push-ups a day.
“You can never learn nothing from losing your freedom. But the main thing is, you appreciate other things in life,” he said.
“You appreciate the small things in life, seeing things and walking down the street, seeing people walk by you... You appreciate things like that after losing your freedom,” Mayweather added.
Mayweather, who said he wanted to surround himself with “good, strong, positive people” after being released from jail, stressed that he has become more mature as a boxer and as a man.
“Floyd Mayweather from 10 years ago is different from the Floyd Mayweather now. I’m more mature, older. I don’t have sit around and badmouth my opponents,” he said.
“I know what I bring to the table when it’s lights, camera, action, and then I’ll give you entertainment,” Mayweather said.
Mayweather was mum about his future in boxing in the months following his release, though his adviser, Leonard Ellerbe, recently announced that the American plans to fight twice in 2013 – on May 4 and September 14.