(Photo credit: Idris Erba/Mayweather Promotions) WBA/WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr (46-0, 26 KOs) showed his class last night in still showing up at his Washingon DC press tour despite a long rain delay that slowed Mayweather’s progress in making it to the press tour. He made it at 12 midnight. By that time most of the fans had drifted away, but there was still several hundred fans that waited around to see Mayweather.
Dan Rafael of ESPN said on his twitter “Props to @FloydMayweather, @ChinoMaidana & tour manager @kellyswanson1 for still coming to DC at midnight for few hundred who stuck around.”
Earlier on Monday, Mayweather and Marcos Maidana (35-4 31 KOs) had met for a press conference at noon in New York City under good weather.
Mayweather said “Is Maidana a better fighter than Canelo? No. Cotto? No. He’s just a dirtier fighter. I didn’t get a deep gash from a punch; I got it from a head butt…First they [Team Maidana] want to use gloves with no padding, and then they want to use knees, elbows and everything else. My back is always against the wall with Team Maidana.”
In hindsight it probably wasn’t a good idea to schedule visits to two different cities on the same day. Normally the weather isn’t bad in DC in mid-July, but in this case the weather was terrible and having the event scheduled in the evening wasn’t the brightest thing they could have done.
If they had opted instead to schedule it for Tuesday afternoon, things would have worked out because the forecast for today is mostly cloudy with a 40% chance of rain in DC. Last night, though, it was raining like mad, and a really bad idea of them to be trying to have a press tour at that time.
Mayweather and Maidana are trying to draw excitement for their September 13th rematch at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Due perhaps to the lower than expected pay-per-view numbers of their previous fight together, the two fighters agreed to a 5-city press tour to get fans excited about the fight. It’s unclear whether the press tour will help attract interest in the fight more than what there already is, which is lukewarm at best right now.
Maidana is a good fighter, but many boxing fans still don’t like the idea of Mayweather fighting him a second time after already beating him last May. The fans want to see Mayweather move on to face someone else like Keith Thurman, Shawn Porter, Manny Pacquiao, Amir Khan, Miguel Cotto, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez or Gennady Golovkin. In other words, fans want a competitive match-up for Mayweather instead of another mismatch.