Floyd Sr. talks about Guzman, Freitas and Chad Dawson

01.05.07 - by John Martinez, Moments ago, I thought Iíd be talking with Floyd about his new charge, WBO junior lightweight champion Joan Guzman and another one of his champions, WBC light heavy weight king ď BadĒ Chad Dawson. Instead, he informed me that the glowing relationship that everyone thought would dominate the 175-pound division seems to have faded. Here is what he had to say:

JM: How did you get to be the trainer for WBO junior lightweight champion Joan Guzman?

FLOYD: Some guys contacted me about it. One of them was a guy named Sean Givens who worked with Top Rank. They approached me about working with Guzman and they said that they would come to me because they originally wanted me to go to Big Bear, but I said no to that. So in the end they came to me and me and Guzman have been doing our thing. He (Guzman) told me that he learned more from me in one day than he did in all his other trainers all these years and you know what, thatís the same thing Oscar told me when we first hooked up.

JM: So is he picking up your techniques at the pace you want him to?

FLOYD: You know he picks up real quick. A lot of things that I tell him, heís picked up without me having to tell his people. Heís got a lot of skills but I still need him to spar the way I want him to. Heís not there yet, but he will be. Weíll be ready. Heís still has a lot to learn but heís doing real good right now.

JM: How have you managed to juggle your time between training Guzman for his May 26 date and making sure one of your other students, WBC light heavyweight champ Chad Dawson is ready for his next fight June 9?

FLOYD: You know I havenít even heard from Chad. Heís been coming here (Las Vegas) for about two or three weeks from what Iíve heard and I still havenít heard from him. Iíve learned that fighters are just like bitches. Iíll be honest with you; Iím one of those guys where itís my way or the highway.

Iím a winning coach and donít like losing. If you donít want to win then hey, you can go on. Chad needs to get on the ball. I donít call fighters. If they donít want to train seriously, then I donít want nothing to do with them. I hate to lose man. But I canít want it more than the fighter, you know what I mean? I canít tell you what heís been doing, but hey if you donít want to put the time in, then I donít need it either. I got too many other things going on.

Weíll have more with the self proclaimed ď best trainer on the planetĒ in tomorrowís segment with Floyd Mayweather Sr. Until then, hereís a piece of what he had to say about the Diaz/Freitas fight that took place this past Saturday:

ďHe (Freitas) ainít got no heart. Heís already fought so many times that now he donít want no more. Heís already been paid and been in the game too long so now, heís lot his heart. He donít want it no more.ď

Article posted on 01.05.2007

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