Bryan Armen Graham
Thursday January 12th, 2012

Justin Bieber (above), who appears on the cover of the spring issue of V magazine, says he boxes with his friends in his free time. (Courtesy of V magazine)

Justin Bieber appears on the cover of the new music-themed issue of V magazine, which hits newsstands on Thursday. The 17-year-old pop star, who says he enjoys boxing with his friends, opens up in a wide-ranging interview -- and draws an interesting comparison between himself and Floyd Mayweather.

Yeah, I mean, when I was coming up, trying to get to where I am now, people were so happy [for me]. They were rooting for me. Now that I’m on top, everyone wants to bring me down. Everyone’s trying to tug at me and take my spot. And that’s how it always is, everyone wants you to be on top, and as soon as you’re there -- like Floyd Mayweather, he’s the best boxer in the world. Now he is a champion. Every time he goes to a fight now, people are like, “He’s going to lose this time,” and then he wins. And the next time they say, “He’s going to lose,” again; “he’s undefeated, he’s getting old, he’s going to fight Ortiz, who’s younger, and he’s going to lose.” Every time he wins. And people aren’t ever going to know that he’s a champ.

Read the entire interview here.

-- Bryan Armen Graham

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