Floyd Mayweather sat down with ESPN this week and responded to comments by his opponent Victor Oritz saying that Mayweather had padded his record with wins against weak and aging fighters. The interviewers certainly know how to wind up Mayweather and once he's revved up, the mighty mouth runs and runs.
They also ask and follow up about allegations that Mayweather is ducking Manny Pacquaio. He slips and slides and talks about Pacquiao's promoter Bob Arum and drug testing.
Excerpts after the jump.
Finally the interviewer corners him and asks flat out, "Do you want to fight Manny Pacquiao?"
Mayweather's answer: "Absolutely."
Mayweather on his opponents (transcribed by ESPN.com):
"Diego [Corrales] was in his 20s -- may he rest in peace -- I was in my 20s. I beat him when he was undefeated. I was older than Ricky Hatton, but he was undefeated. When I fought Mosley, they said the best that Mosley had ever looked was against Antonio Margarito, but if you all go back, you'll see I was trying to fight Mosley after I fought Genaro Hernandez [to win the world title in 1998]. At that particular time, they said Genaro Hernandez had too much experience for me, I was moving [through the ranks] too quick. I beat him.
"My next fight, the next-best guy at 130 was Angel Manfredy at that particular time. I beat Manfredy. Then they say it's Diego. I beat him. Then I go to 135, I beat Castillo, they say the victory wasn't good enough, so I go back and beat him again. They say, 'You didn't knock him out,' but I still beat him. The list goes on and on. Mosley took a couple losses, but nobody had ever dominated him until I dominated him."