Was Floyd Mayweather Scared of Diego Corrales? Former Manager Tells the Truth

Published 12/21/2020, 7:30 AM EST
LAS VEGAS, NV – SEPTEMBER 12: Floyd Mayweather Jr. walks in the ring during his WBC/WBA welterweight title fight against Andre Berto at MGM Grand Garden Arena on September 12, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)


Five division title holder Floyd Mayweather has faced umpteen world champions on his way to glory. Starting from Canelo Alvarez to Manny Pacquiao and Ricky Hatton, ‘Money Mayweather’ has beaten them all and might have secured the best resume in all of boxing.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

However, there’s one fight that he was sceptical to accept. Although he took it and departed with a big win, Mayweather’s long-time manager J. Prince recalls how he hesitated to embrace the challenge primarily.

While Mayweather has always intimidated his opponents, it was Diego Coralles who touted himself as a perfect antidote for a young ‘Pretty Boy’. At the time, people believed Coralles could vanquish Floyd Mayweather until the two clashed in 2001 and Mayweather claimed the win via TKO.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

Meanwhile, a young Mayweather lacked confidence before finalizing the fight and constantly denied Prnice from accepting the offer.

J. Prince connected with Joe Rogan to shed light on several aspects of his relationship with Floyd Mayweather. He revealed how he convinced the pugilist to accept the fight against Corrales.

While ‘Chico’ Corrales was facing a hard time for his domestic violence, Prince wanted to settle the fight between him and Mayweather. He located a great agenda to sell the fight and instantly discussed it with Mayweather.

Prince said, “I said Floyd, I said it’s a perfect time to face Diego Corrales. I said I even have a marketing tool we can whoop him for every battered women in the United States of America. So he (Mayweather) heard me out, but he wasn’t embracing it. ‘No, no, no, Jay, it ain’t time to do right now.”

He added, “I don’t want to say that Floyd was scared, but at time everybody thought Diego could beat Floyd. He was like 30-0 with 29 KOs.”

Floyd Mayweather vs Diego Corrales

The much-awaited clash between two of the best finally materialized and went till 10 rounds. Both the boxers had shown their best by then and had significant moments in the contest.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

But Mayweather was still unfinished with his supreme form. With two rounds remaining, he stopped the show via TKO and departed with the last laugh.

It remains one of the biggest wins of Mayweather’s career. Although he has beaten several world champions after this, it was a fight that he won against himself.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

How would you rate Mayweather’s performance against Coralles?

SHARE THIS ARTICLE :

Raj Sarkar

1893 articles

A senior boxing writer at EssentiallySports, Raj Sarkar is a mass media graduate who is currently pursuing his master’s degree in broadcast journalism. In addition to his current role, he has worked with the MMA team at EssentiallySports and has interviewed prominent fighters such as Ritu Phogat and 'The Red King' Rory MacDonald. He combined his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports and has a combined 2000 plus bylines in MMA and boxing over the last two years.

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT