Any time you can talk to Roger Mayweather you should.
You might not understand everything he is saying, but I guarantee you will have quotes for days. I suggest bringing some sort of recording device because you will need the Batcomputer to decipher what exactly he is talking about.
Boxingscene.com spoke to Roger about Miguel Cotto and money in boxing.
Despite being a two-division champion and appearing in thirteen world title bouts himself, Roger admits that he never made close to that kind of money, recalling a payday of roughly $900,000 to be his largest ever. Asked if he is surprised that fighters today are making such a killing compared to his days on top, Roger had mixed feelings.
“Floyd’s been a champion in six divisions, so I could see why Floyd is making that money because Floyd’s never lost,” Roger stated. “But I can’t see why Cotto is making that money. Why? He aint done sh*t. What has he done? I didn’t make the kind of money that these motherf***ers make. I had good money, but I didn’t make the kind of money that these mother***ers make, but that’s how everything goes.”
Obviously unimpressed with Cotto’s abilities and accomplishments, I had to ask Roger how he would have stacked up against Miguel in his prime.
“Hell yeah I’d take him, hell yeah,” said Roger. “I’ve knocked out champions in their hometown. I’ve knocked out champions where he’s from. I’ve known Cotto since he was little. Because people were telling me how he was a great amateur and all this and that. I met him when he was young, very young. I won the world title in Puerto Rico. I won the world title in 1983.”
Getting back to discussing his financial highs during his fighting days, you could tell Roger loved the finer things in life.
“I bought a lot of cars,” said Roger, who once told me he had seventeen automobiles at one time. “I bought a lot of clothes, I like that fancy sh*t. I like jewelry, I like nice jewelry, I like nice cars, I got every kind of mink there is.”
Taking it a step further, Roger pointed out that he is doing so well training Floyd Jr. that he has a healthier income annually than some of the sport’s top prizefighters.
“I make good money with my nephew anyways,” said Mayweather. “I train my nephew and I still make more money than most mother***ers in the sport of boxing, period. I make more money than them and I’m talking about world champs.”