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Floyd Mayweather Jr. "not upset" by 'Dancing' ouster, focusing on fight

By Christopher Rocchio, 10/17/2007 

If Floyd "Pretty Boy" Mayweather Jr. gets mad, it can get ugly. 

So when the undefeated welterweight boxer became the fourth celebrity participant ousted from Dancing with the Stars fifth season -- people took cover -- especially the judges.

"I'm not upset at all.  I just appreciate the opportunity.  It was extremely great," said Mayweather during a Wednesday night Jimmy Kimmel Live appearance that followed his elimination from Dancing with the Stars 5.  Mayweather added many of his heated moments with the judges were due to just that -- in the heat of the moment reactions.

"I was just upset.  You live and you learn.  We're all human, we have good days and we have bad days.  I leave all my boxing in the ring," he explained before turning his attention to those who kept him in the competition.  "It's the fan's support.  Thanks to the fans, that's why I stayed on the show for so long."

Mayweather and his professional partner Karina Smirnoff were cut from Dancing with the Stars 5 based on a combination of the judges' scores from Monday night's performance episode -- a 23 out of a possible 30 points -- as well as home viewer votes cast following the broadcast.

Spice Girl Melanie Brown and professional partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy were the other couple in the result show's bottom two, however the combination of home viewer votes and their 26 score from the judges was apparently enough to keep them in the competition. 

"Myself, I can't see how Mel got to the [bottom two]," said Mayweather.  "Real surprised.  I think she's probably the best."

The elimination could be a blessing in disguise for Mayweather, who will put his undefeated record in the boxing ring on the line on December 8 against fellow undefeated boxer Ricky Hatton, with the WBC welterweight title also up for grabs.

"I'm pretty sure Ricky Hatton was voting trying to keep me on the show because he thinks it's going to help him in the fight," said Mayweather with a laugh.  "He probably called 38 times, voted for me."

Mayweather said he's been training for both the fight as well as Dancing with the Stars, and assured Kimmel one was never a distraction for the other.

"Not at all.  The fight is eight weeks away, and we started training camp early," he said.  "We already knew that we were going to do Dancing with the Stars, so we started early.  Everything went just great."

While Mayweather wasn't the first professional athlete to compete for Dancing with the Stars mirror ball trophy, he said the fact he isn't retired and was currently training separated him from the rest.

"Just to take on two big challenges at one time and still be active, I mean that's amazing," Mayweather gushed.  "[Dancing with the Stars third-season champ and former NFL running back] Emmitt Smith was retired -- but me -- I'm active.  It was a great show."

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