Welterweight prize-fighter Floyd Mayweather Jr. handed many Manny Pacquiao fans more ammunition that he is ducking the Filipino fighter after engaging in a profanity-laced interview with an outspoken radio host on Friday.
Sirius radio host Rude Jude took a call from Mayweather, and the boxing star lashed out at criticism that he is scared of a fight with Pacquiao and then proceeded to get into a verbal confrontation with the host that included Mayweather using a gay slur.
The interview involved Rude Jude stating that Mayweather should be able to beat Pacquiao regardless if Pacquiao is on steroids since Mayweather is bigger than Pacquiao. He also stated that Mayweather eludes to Pacquiao being on steroids.
Rude Jude frequently interrupted Mayweather throughout the nearly seven-minute interview, but when Mayweather complained that he was being singled out because he was black, the host returned to additional criticism of Mayweather.
Mayweather also name-dropped his friend, rapper 50 Cent, and attacked Rude Jude's credibility. For Rude Jude, a relative unknown in broadcasting, the exposure is probably great publicity.
At the end of this interview, you will get famous, said Mayweather.
Mayweather is coming off a contentious knockout victory over Victor Ortiz in which Mayweather responded to Ortiz's lunging headbutt in the fourth round by throwing two hard crosses that floored Ortiz immediately after referee Joe Cortez re-started the fight. In the post-fight interview, Mayweather had a harsh verbal exchange with HBO's Larry Merchant where he told the broadcaster that he would never get a fair shake from Merchant, and that HBO should fire him.
On Thursday, ESPN reported that a member of Mayweather's camp said the 34-year-old boxer would return to the ring May 5, 2012, and that they put the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas on hold.
Pacquiao's promoter, Bob Arum, has stated that he isn't taking Mayweather's intention to fight Pacquiao seriously.
Pacquiao faces Juan Manuel Marquez on Nov. 12 in Las Vegas.
Mayweather and Pacquiao represent the two best pound-for-pound boxers of their generation, according to most experts, yet both are in their 30s, and have not fought one another in the ring.
Here is the audio of the interview [Warning: Foul Language]: