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The 38-year-old is currently deep in his training camp for the super-fight with Manny Pacquiao on May 2 in Las Vegas, but he opened up in a video posted on his Facebook page.
Mayweather insists that despite his hectic fighting and training schedule, he always finds time to spend with his family, particularly his daughter, and that prevents him from always appeasing the constant calls from fans for autographs and photos.
“Some days you want to go out and not sign autographs. You want to go out and not take pictures. It hurts my feelings, but I have to say no sometimes,” he says in the video.
“I don’t say no to my fans because I don’t want to sign for them or I don’t want to take a picture. I’m saying no because I just feel like it’s okay to take time out for myself and for my daughter.
“I want to give her my undivided attention.”
The undefeated superstar added that training camp was going well and that he is confident that his father is content with the progress of his work thus far.
Mayweather puts his 47-0 record on the line against Pacquiao in what is being billed as the biggest fight in boxing history, with suggestions that the bout could generate over $400m in revenue with gate receipts and both domestic and foreign TV rights making up most of the windfall.
However, the fight will also finally put to rest the debate over who the pound-for-pound king in the sport is. With three world titles also up for grabs, Kell Brook is the only other champion in the welterweight division with these two living legends.