Video - Floyd Mayweather Speaks in Detroit
Corey Erdman / February 25, 2013 - 4:42pm
Though the main event in Detroit over the weekend was between Cornelius Bundrage and Ishe Smith, the main attraction was unquestionably Floyd Mayweather. Even Floyd's charge Smith winning the IBF junior middleweight title couldn't steal the spotlight from "Money," who remained the focus of the Showtime telecast, the live crowd and the media all night long.
The event essentially wound up being Floyd Mayweather Appreciation Night, with the future Hall of Famer sitting on the television panel at the beginning of the night, cornering J'Leon Love in the opening bout against Derrick Findley, providing more analysis in between fights, then taking part in post-fight interviews following Smith's win, the camera was seldom away from Floyd.
That trend continued afterward at the post-fight press conference, where Mayweather spoke for nearly 30 minutes, with the rest of the winning fighters from the card sitting silently at tables beside him. Not until reporters were prompted to ask Ishe Smith questions did Floyd's time come to an end.
Mayweather was surprisingly verbose about a variety of topics (despite clearly having lost his voice screaming throughout the night), including opening up about his time in prison without prompting.
Friend of Fight Network Morgan Campbell provided this abbreviated compilation of Floyd's time at the podium: