There no longer are simple promotional events for Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Media workouts have become a circus. His appearances on Showtime's "All Access" are dissected live on Twitter. And a simple conference call provides thousands of words of copy.
It would seem that not since Muhammad Ali has a fighter been quoted as regularly as Mayweather Jr.
This week's conference call to promote his May 3 fight against Marcos Maidana on Showtime pay-per-view did not disappoint. And while the topic primarily was Maidana, Mayweather was able to take some shots at his rival, Manny Pacquiao, describing him as an "amateur" during the call.
Mayweather was asked if he watched Pacquiao's win over Timothy Bradley on April 12.
"Yes, actually I did watch the fight," he said. You know, I haven't seen Pacquiao fight in years. I've seen highlights. I haven't seen Pacquiao since before Miguel Cotto. I thought that he deserved congratulations . . . I think both fighters fought like amateurs. I thought Pacquiao fought like an amateur also, and I wasn't pleased with his performance, but he got the victory the best way he knows how, but I wasn't pleased with his performance and I'm seeing something totally different in Pacquiao."
He also talked about Alex Ariza, Pacquiao's former strength and conditioning coach. Ariza was let go by Team Pacquiao, which has resulted in an ugly feud between Ariza and trainer Freddie Roach. Mayweather suggested Ariza's dismissal may be the cause of Pacquiao's power shortage.
"I don't know if Alex Ariza plays a major role into that, but when I sit back and I look, I'm looking at Pacquiao versus Bradley and I notice ever since Ariza has not been with Pacquiao anymore there's been a total change in his power," said Mayweather. "So I look at things like that and I question things like that to myself, but I don't worry about anything and I'm not going to say nothing about Ariza because I think he's a pretty cool guy."
Throughout the call, Mayweather also answered questions about Maidana, who earned this fight with a shocking but convincing win over Adrien Broner last December.
"I think when Maidana's facing me, his confidence is built after he beat Adrien Broner because he feels that both of the styles are very, very similar, so it's like the same style," said Mayweather. "I'm naturally the bigger guy because I've been at 147 almost 10 years now, so I'm naturally the bigger guy. I think that my dad has the game plan to stay in the pocket, make the guy miss and make the guy pay."