Anthony Mundine says he is still on track to take on the likes of Floyd Mayweather by year’s end despite his disappointing effort against Gunnar Jackson.
By all accounts, Floyd Mayweather loves a flutter.
He is nicknamed “Money”, after all.
But even the world’s best pound-for-pound boxer would not gamble on a bout with Anthony Mundine judging by the ex-NRL star’s unconvincing performance against Gunnar Jackson in Brisbane on Wednesday night.
Mayweather is no stranger to placing huge bets – he added to his reputation by outlaying almost $A15 million on next week’s Super Bowl.
However, even he would baulk at the odds of facing off against Mundine by year’s end as predicted by the ex-Dragons playmaker after the Australian’s unanimous points win over plucky Kiwi Jackson.
Still, Mundine (46 wins, 27 KOs, five losses) believed his victory over the drain digger who had less than a week to prepare for their 10-round fight was a step toward achieving boxing greatness in 2014.
“I regained my killer instinct. I had bad intentions when I hit him. I wanted to hurt him,” Mundine said.
“In the (Daniel) Geale fight last year I wasn’t right mentally.
“But Gunnar made me switch on straight away because I knew this guy meant business.
“I put pressure on him at a world class pace.
“All I need to do is switch on mentally.
“Mind over matter, that is how it happens.”
Mundine lowered his sights somewhat by claiming post-fight that Cuba’s Erislandy Lara, the WBA superwelterweight world champion, was a better bet than Mayweather in the near future.
But he still appeared at long odds of facing off against Lara any time soon after being forced to battle manfully by Jackson (18 wins, six knockouts, five losses, three draws) – albeit at 27 a rival 11 years Mundine’s junior.
Mundine had hoped his last win two months ago – sealed when American legend Shane Mosley was forced to retire with back spasms – would be a stepping stone to the big leagues.
At 38, Mundine believes staying active in 2014 and notching wins every 10 weeks at least will force the likes of Lara or Mayweather’s hand by year’s end.
But even the most rabid Mundine supporter would have been hard pressed to find positives from the win over Jackson – not that it stopped “The Man” from trying.
“I told you this was more of a risk than Mosley,” he said.
“I had everything to lose and Gunnar gave his heart and soul – and I applaud him.
“He hung tough, he had never been stopped before which is another thing.
“He’s 27 and I am supposed to be old.”
Mundine said he wanted his next fight in April but warned locals need not apply.
“All the Aussie fighters calling me out, you are not on my radar,” he said.
“If I wanted the money I could fight Geale, I could fight (Danny) Green.
“But I am chasing the dream.”