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Words with... FLOYD MONEY MAYWEATHER
L. Jon Wertheim
May 20, 2013
THE BEST FIGHTER OF HIS GENERATION AND THE WORLD'S HIGHEST-PAID ATHLETE (WITH A MONIKER TO MATCH) OPENS UP ABOUT THE ART OF MAKING—AND SPENDING—A BUCK
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May 20, 2013

Words With... Floyd Money Mayweather

THE BEST FIGHTER OF HIS GENERATION AND THE WORLD'S HIGHEST-PAID ATHLETE (WITH A MONIKER TO MATCH) OPENS UP ABOUT THE ART OF MAKING—AND SPENDING—A BUCK

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FM: All three.

JW: You gotta pick one.

FM: I can't.

JW: You're saying they're interwoven?

FM: I feel like this: Money can put you in a powerful position to meet powerful people. And the thing is this, if I give you respect you have to give me respect. If you've got money, you could put people in powerful positions. I wrote my fiancée an e-mail and basically told her: Seven years ago you were Shantel. When they see you now they don't even call you by your name. They just say, That's Ms. Jackson, and you're labeled as Floyd Mayweather's fiancée. So you've always got to be careful how you move and where you go, because if they define you with money, if somebody sees you as desperate, they do crazy things. So, every move, you've got to be smart.

JW: Tell us about your best investment.

FM: I don't want to put that out there. I don't want anybody taking the blueprint of what I do. Just know that I'm in a good position.

JW: I'll be honest with you, I think people would be surprised if they heard this interview. What happened to the flashy—

FM: See, you had a chance to meet me, so now you understand. You're like, Hold on. What the hell? No, you just see that on TV. I'm not just all flashy. When life comes to action, you gotta give them what they want to see. It's entertainment. I'm far from a dummy.

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