It took a while for today’s final ‘Star Power’ press conference to get going, but when it did, there was a noticeable exchange of words between trainer Danny Garcia and Floyd Mayweather Jr. Garcia trains WBC welterweight champion Victor Ortiz, who defends his belt against Mayweather this Saturday night at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
During his time on the dais, as he spoke inside of the MGM’s Hollywood Theater, Garcia took a few pokes at Floyd, begging him to fight a clean fight. Garcia insisted that Mayweather has often used his elbows in previous bouts to his advantage and pleaded for him to not turn his back to Ortiz as he has done in the past, a surefire sign, says the trainer, that Floyd is scared.
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A lively Mayweather went on to counter Garcia by defending his style of fighting, noting how it has led him to an undefeated record over the past sixteen years. Taking things further, Mayweather pointed out that he was the one carrying the upcoming pay-per-view event and that Garcia and Ortiz were simply riding his coattails.
“All these people are here because of me! I’m the one doing the numbers,” stated Mayweather.
Sensing that the debate was slipping out of his hands, Garcia cut straight to the chase.
“He can’t really beat Victor. We’re going to show that,” Garcia refuted.
“Let your fighter tell me something,” a visibly irritated Mayweather would fire back. “It’s not about you. It’s about me and Victor.”
The conversation was starting to get a bit out of hand and Garcia tried to smooth things over by changing up the subject. It was reported yesterday that Mayweather claimed he would be inviting Garcia’s brother Robert and his fighter Brandon Rios to the show, knowing fully well of the bad blood between both camps, in an obvious attempt to get under the skin of Team Ortiz.
But instead of letting Mayweather’s invitation rub him the wrong way, Danny looked Floyd in the eyes and showed some appreciation.
“It might be an opportunity for me and [Robert] to start talking again. You did a good thing by inviting him. I’m happy for that.”
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