FM: When it's all said and done, no matter what no one says, I did it my way. Nobody is forced to watch me. I want them to watch, but they're not forced to watch. It's all about entertainment.
That's kind of my point.
FM: Just like when you interview certain basketball players and certain football players, it seems like it's rehearsed. Everybody [gives] basically the same interview because [there are] certain things they cannot say because they will get fined. With my situation, it's different because I'm the president of my company, and basically I call the shots. What I want is what I get.
You're a good-looking guy. You're at the top of your sport. Are you surprised more endorsements haven't come your way?
FM: Not having endorsements, that don't define who I am. Look at every athlete that has a large, long-term endorsement and tell me, have they been at the top longer than me and have they accomplished what I've accomplished? Like I said before, I'm not just any athlete. So I'm not saying that I don't want to be with Nike. I'm not saying I don't want to be with Adidas or Reebok or Under Armour or Pepsi or Coca-Cola, but you got to pay. You have to pay.
If you're Showtime, do you make that deal with Floyd Mayweather?
FM: I went to HBO and just tried to negotiate the best deal for me and my family. I'm not always thinking about the short term. I'm thinking about after my career is over. Showtime gave me everything I asked for and even more. The things that CBS can do and Showtime can do, it's amazing. Like, you have never seen a boxer at the Final Four with 15 million people tuning in. That was a commercial right there promoting the fight. It was so crazy that the head guys from CBS came to me and said, Floyd, after 30 months we want to do another deal with you. I was like, Just slow down. First let's get past this. When my career is over in 30 months, my main focus is just the up-and-coming fighters under my banner, taking them to the next level. I like my name to be involved with things that are successful. That's long term.
So LeBron is tight with Warren Buffett; Roger Federer is tight with Larry Ellison. Are there any captains of finance, billionaires, that you look up to?
FM: I've got billionaire tycoon buddies, but I keep that separate. You know, I do good business and I have good investments.
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