“Did you know that Floyd Mayweather paid for Genaro Hernandez’s funeral?” asked Big Steve while chewing on a juicy piece of shish kebob we were having at Café Bravo on Glenoaks Boulevard.
“The fascinating part about it,” I replied:” Was that he didn’t want any publicity on that.”
“I didn’t ask for it, “ said Mayweather while interviewed in Los Angeles last month after the press conference that announced his September 17th return to the ring against young WBC welterweight champion, Victor Ortiz:” And whoever wrote about it thank you. Genaro Hernandez; that’s the guy that I looked up to. I was about fourteen or fifteen. I had Genaro Hernandez’s poster on my wall and I seen him fight, I think at Olympic Auditorium. He was an amazing fighter. He was one of the best fighters in the sport of boxing. Six or seven years later, there I go fighting Genaro Hernandez, very, very crafty gentleman. That’s were it all started for me. He gave me my first opportunity, my first chance.”
In a similar way Floyd Mayweather will give a huge opportunity to Victor Ortiz. Even though Ortiz is already a WBC welterweight champion, he has never seen a stage this big when he enters the ring against Floyd Mayweather on September 17th at the famed MGM Grand Garden Arena. Would Victor Ortiz be able to seize the moment and grab the opportunity just like Floyd did in 1998?
“He didn’t have to give me a chance,” continued Mayweather praising his late idol:” He gave me a chance. My Pay Per View all started with him. Even though it was on regular HBO; that was my first chance to headline and people see me display my skills. That’s why I’ve done what I did. He deserved it. I had no choice but to do it.”
Aside from that isolated incident that endeared Floyd to a lot of boxing fans around the world, Mayweather regularly helps out in the city where he lives in, Las Vegas. Floyd Mayweather Jr is involved in Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth and he is often seen on the streets of Las Vegas with his crew of muscle bound body guards giving out sack lunches and money to homeless and hungry.
In 2009, the day before the fight with Juan Manuel Marquez, Mayweather and his team were giving out sack lunches to homeless. Floyd asked a group of kids where was their mother and then he gave her some money for the children. He stayed and fed every one hungry, including seconds until every one was full.
“If he is so generous,” exclaimed Big Steve:” Why doesn’t he give his fans the only thing they crave, a fight with Manny Pacquaio?”
Now, that’s an idea. Yesterday, according to report by my fellow examiner, Michael Marley, Top Ranks boss, Bob Arum stated that there were no issues left preventing Mayweather Pacquaio blockbuster showdown. Actually there are two issues, Victor Ortiz and Juan Manuel Marquez. But most believe they are just a formality.
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