Thursday, February 1, 2007

Trainer talks, and the money walks

Floyd Mayweather Sr., replaced as Oscar De La Hoya's trainer a day earlier, said Wednesday that his $2-million demand to prepare De La Hoya to fight Floyd Mayweather Jr. was legitimate, not excessive.

"Oscar told me he wasn't going to pay it," Mayweather said. "I told him, 'Find someone else, have a good day.' If you want me to help you destroy my son, you're going to pay me. And pay me well."

Mayweather Sr. scoffed at the suggestions of De La Hoya and Golden Boy Promotions Chief Executive Richard Schaeffer that their decision to hire trainer Freddie Roach was a consideration to avoid inflaming tensions between the Mayweathers, who have been estranged for several years.

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