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Mayweather: I know how hard I worked to get here

Photos: Stephanie Trapp / Showtime

Photos: Stephanie Trapp / Showtime

One mile away from Skid Row, the location of the largest contingent of the homeless population in the United States, a man who stands to make upwards of $70 million for one nights’ work fielded a question thrown at him while sitting in a private room inside Los Angeles’ Millennium Biltmore Hotel.

The question to Floyd Mayweather, the consensus No. 1 fighter in the world, was how he keeps the stream train rolling, and the desire to stay in his position, even skipping the ESPY Awards after-parties just the night prior, where he picked up a trophy for best fighter, for a late-night training session in nearby Van Nuys.

The answer was a down to earth, educated and humbling response, not something you might expect from a person who travels by private jet across the nation and internationally, seemingly with the world at his beck and call.

But from the sounds of his answer, Mayweather, who would later address a crowd of hundreds down the way at Los Angeles’ Pershing Square, there is no doubt that ‘Money’ knows how he got here, and how to stay here.

“I know how hard I worked to get here.

“I don’t like it; I love it… I got to this place in my life by, sometimes not having my team around me, waking up at 3 in the morning to run 8 miles, and hearing voices in my head: ‘he can be you, Floyd. ‘You don’t deserve this, Floyd’.

Los Angeles - MayweatherMaidana-9261“Then there’s another voice in my head… my mom always used to tell me I was special, and that I was where I am at for a reason.

“So those are things that no one ever sees, or never understands.

“And I want to continue to push myself to the limit, I want to continue to be the best, and the only way you can be the best, is, you have to work when your opponent is not working.  I know when he’s sleeping, I’m working.  When he’s working, I’m working.

Mayweather even had some advice for the youth while promoting the titled ‘Mayhem’ event, Mayweather/Maidana II, which is only Mayweather’s second rematch in his career.

“And like I always tell the young kids that get involved in the entertainment business, or getting involved in sports.  I tell them this: don’t watch TV, watch me.  And when you watch TV, watch me.”

Throughout the promotion, there was trash talk thrown his way during the five city, four day nationwide press-conference by trainer Robert Garcia, who is sculpting his fighter, Marcos Maidana, to rematch Mayweather this September after a thrilling fight in May of this year won on a majority decision to keep ‘Money’ undefeated at 46 professional bouts.

Garcia, a former fighter and world champion himself, had mentioned that a former opponent of both Garcia and Mayweather, the late Diego ‘Chico’ Corrales, will be remembered in the ring as a warrior, and that Mayweather will not.

Los Angeles - MayweatherMaidana-9161“Well, what I’m saying is, if Diego Corrales, and I love Diego Corrales, rest in peace, is going to be known as a warrior, and I beat Diego Corrales, then what am I going to be known as?”

It was as perfect of a counter punch as he unified welterweight champion throws in the ring, topped off with a perfect counter-question, “What I wanna know is, is who’s still around from the 1996 Olympics?”

Mayweather went Bronze in the Atlanta Olympic games.

‘Mayhem’ is scheduled for September 13, 2014.

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