Floyd Mayweather, the super champion.
The former world number one was keeping a close eye on a busy eighth day in the Rio 2016 boxing events, that saw the Team GB super-heavyweight finish Davilson Dos Santos Morais in the first round.
Mayweather, who had to settle for a bronze medal at featherweight at Atlanta 1996, made it clear he was there on business on a night when none of the 12 fights involved Americans.
We provide the latest exclusive interview with Fernando Bruccoleri.
- Floyd tell us about your beginning, how did you decide to start a career as a professional Boxer?
Boxing is in my blood. I’ve been boxing since I could stand. My earliest memories are in the gym and that is where I’ve always been. My uncles and my father were professional fighters and it is just part of who I am. Now, i finally retired before the age 40 and after more than 20-year career as a professional boxer. Therefore, i enjoy leisure time with my family and children.
- So many people seem to view boxing and MMA as going head-to-head. What´s your opinion?
I don’t think of them the same. I respect any athlete at the top of their game, but I don’t see MMA as competition.
- Tell us about your diet regimen when you’re training.
As far as my diet, I have a chef that makes my meals and make sure I get plenty of fruits vegetables and lean meats. I like seafood and pasta too. She’ll either decide the menu for the day or if I feel like eating something that comes to my mind, I will request that particular food. I am always on weight and in shape, so it is just all about eating healthy.
- You show the world another side of you, an eccentric side. Why do you do that? Do you love spending money with friends/family?
I am who I am. I don’t do things because I think its what people want me to do or say. As far as money goes, I’ve worked hard to be where I am and to have what I have, and because of that, I’m able to give my family things that I never had. All the money in the world couldn’t take the place of the love I have for my children. I love spending time with them and doing fun things that money can buy, but it is all because of what I’ve been able to accomplish.
- What do you like to do in your free time? How much time do you spend using your social networks?
I like to spend time with my family. Go to the movies. Travel. Go to the gym. I sleep late, so I go out late. I use social networks a lot. It is the best way to connect with the fans and keep them up to date with what’s going on with me in and out of boxing. I love my fans and appreciate all the support they’ve given me.
- Have you ever visit Uruguay? Do you know anything about our country?
I have not, but I never rule anything out. I have been known to enjoy traveling.