By Luis Sandoval
Floyd Mayweather’s fight against Marcos Maidana is still a month away but from the way the WBC Welterweight champion looks in training camp at the moment, you’d think he was ready to fight tomorrow.
It’s no secret Mayweather’s work ethic is second to none but it isn’t until you see it up close for yourself that you truly see and appreciate how superior Floyd is not just as a fighter, but an overall athlete. BoxingScene was at the Mayweather Boxing Club Friday afternoon to see the champ in action and I was told Floyd had taken the previous day off so he’d come into this session with a vengeance; they weren’t lying.
Sparring was on the agenda this day and more than a dozen gloves were laid out on the ring apron for Mayweather to choose from. The gym was packed with spectators and also fighters who already got their training session in for the day but have stayed to watch boxing’s number one pound for pound fighter.
Mayweather enters the gym and looks ready to go as the All Access camera crew is already rolling on his every move. Floyd lives to put on a show whenever he fights under the bright lights but he also does the same under the lights of his gym as those in attendance are treated to a showcase of pure talent and skill.
One of Mayweather’s body guards announces to the gym that all cameras and cell phones must be put away and no photos or videos are to be taken. And with that, the back doors of the gym are rolled down and all cameras including All Access are off and it’s time for the champ to work.
Floyd warns his sparring partner that he better have rounds in him because it’s going to be a long day and long doesn’t even begin to describe it. Three minute rounds may be the normal standard for every fighter but for Floyd, he takes it to another level. He spars unprecedented 9 minute rounds this day as he not only tests the skill set of his sparring mate, but also his endurance.
Even in sparring his opponents seldom get the best of Mayweather as he dominates the action while giving his sparring partner an earful of taunts and boasting. The champ looks crisp and fluid and while his sparring partner is game, Floyd is just too good.
His sparring partner isn’t able to last a 4th round as sparring is stopped and Floyd now moves out of the ring and commences to punish the heavy bag. After working the bag continuously with no breaks, he heads back into the ring for mitt work with Uncle Roger and then more work with co-trainer Nate Jones who wears the body suit. The pace is relentless and breaks are seldom seen.
“The more time we go, he just gets more and more stronger. Training camp is getting better and better. It seems like the older he gets, the harder he works” said Camp Coordinator and cousin Dejuan Blake.
Mayweather just turned 37 years old but he looks as good and sharp as he ever has and he’s showing no signs of slowing down.
“Tell them I’m ready! Make sure you tell them I’m ready. Do I look ready?” Floyd told me as he continued to punish the body suit worn by Nate Jones.
The answer was an emphatic “yes”.
The day wouldn’t be complete without a celebrity visit which are very common for Mayweather. Jermaine Jackson, brother of Michael Jackson, stops by to pay the champ a visit as he watches and analyzes the champ as he now moves to his conditioning exercises.
“He has a point to prove. Basically age don’t really matter. He’s out there to put on a show and perform the best way he knows how to perform” said Blake.
Mayweather will try to capture the 46th victory of his career in four weeks.
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