Floyd Mayweather lands jab at Jeff Horn

Jeff Horn back at his first training session getting ready
for his rematch with Manny Pacquiao. Photo Lachie Millard

JEFF HORN hopes to one day step inside the ring with
undefeated legend Floyd “Money” Mayweather. Problem is,
Mayweather has no idea who he is.

Mayweather recently gave an interview to Stephen A. Smith for
ESP N about his upcoming superfight with UFC star
Conor McGregor.

The boxer is feeling the heat from critics. He hasn’t had a
knockout since his fight with Victor Ortiz in 2011. He uses his
distance to school opponents rather than bring the knockout
showstopping style of Gennady Golovkin, Canelo Alvarez or …
Conor McGregor.

Boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. pummels the speed bag.

Boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr.
pummels the speed bag.
Source:AFP

Smith challenged Mayweather on this very fact, and his most
recent choice of opponent, in two-time world champion Andre
Berto — who Mayweather beat comfortably by decision back in
2015.

A defensive artist, Mayweather started throwing barbs back, and
brought our Aussie world champion into the mix — without even
knowing it.

Floyd Mayweather Jr. holds a media workout at the Mayweather Boxing Club.

Floyd Mayweather Jr. holds a
media workout at the Mayweather Boxing
Club.
Source:AFP

Here’s how it went down:

MAYWEATHER: (Berto) If I’m not mistaken, he’s a two-time world
champion, he’s an Olympian, he took a couple of losses, but he
bounced back each and every time.

SMITH: I mean we respect him, we’re just saying he’s not on the
level of Floyd Mayweather.

MAYWEATHER: So it was OK for Manny Pacquiao to fight the guy he
just fought. But it’s a problem for me to fight a two-time
world champion. The guy Pacquiao fight, we don’t even know. We
don’t even know who he is, I don’t even know his name right
now.”

SMITH: Joe Horn…from Australia

MAYWEATHER: OK … that fight shouldn’t have even been on ESPN.
At all.

While it’s surprising that Mayweather cannot even recall the
name of the WBO world champion, it’s even more surprising that
Stephen A Smith, who worked the Pacquiao-Horn fight for ESPN,
still cannot get Horn’s name correct.

He made the exact same mistake in the lead-up to the fight, and
needed Top Rank Boxing promoter Bob Arum to
correct him after calling Jeff, Joe Horn once more
.

Jeff Horn of Australia (right) strikes Manny Pacquiao of the Phillipines.

Jeff Horn of Australia (right)
strikes Manny Pacquiao of the
Phillipines.
Source:AAP

Horn still has a very public bone to pick with the ESPN
broadcaster after Smith stated Pacquiao had been “robbed”
following the Australian’s victory at Suncorp Stadium.

“It was a bogus decision,” Smith told ESPN at the time.

“It’s stuff like this that hurts the sport of boxing … it’s a
horrible decision.”

As for Mayweather, perhaps we can consider the barb
Mayweather’s second KO since Victor Ortiz. Shots fired.

Horn called Mayweather out as soon as he claimed the unanimous
points decision win over Pacquiao at Suncorp Stadum.

“One thing first — this is just having a bit of a dig overseas
to Floyd Mayweather — this is no joke, which one does he
want?,” Horn cried.

“The walking stick or the gloves? Come have a real fight,” Horn
said as he held a pair of boxing gloves in his right hand, a
wooden walking stick in his left.

Jeff Horn (C) of Australia celebrates beating Manny Pacquiao.

Jeff Horn (C) of Australia
celebrates beating Manny Pacquiao.
Source:Getty Images

Mayweather (49-0) is one of the greatest boxers of all time and
will come out of retirement to fight UFC star Conor McGregor in
a megafight this August.

For Horn to have the confidence — plenty would say it’s
arrogance — to call someone like Mayweather out so quickly
after the biggest win of his career was startling to all.

But it seems Mayweather wasn’t listening. Instead his focus
remains on McGregor, who he says he will finish inside the
12-round distance, by going away from his traditional defensive
style.

“This can’t be a defensive fight,” Mayweather said.

“I got to go down, I got to go down. I have to go to him, I got
to do what I got to do.

“I owe the public for the Pacquaio fight, because they weren’t
pleased with the Pacquiao fight.

“They’re going to be pleased with this fight.”

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