By Chris McKenna, courtesy of The Daily Star
CHRIS EUBANK JNR is hoping to offer Floyd Mayweather Snr some work after his son retired.
Mayweather Jnr quit the ring on Saturday night after comfortably outclassing debutant Conor McGregor to end his career unbeaten in 50 fights.
Eubank Jnr has been training in Las Vegas for his October 7 clash with Avni Yildirim and is considering having all his training camps Sin City so he can have 64-year-old Mayweather Snr as his full-time trainer.
He is currently trained by his dad, former two-weight world champion Chris Snr, and veteran coach Ronnie Davies.
But when asked about working with Mayweather Snr, he said: “I have to consider it.
“He's only going to be around for a certain amount of time and then that's it, you're never going to get it again.
“Now I want to take advantage of Mayweather Senior's advice as much as possible and get as much time training with him as I can before he packs it in.
“I've done pads with a million and one people and nobody comes close to what he can do with those pads. I've never seen anybody else do it.
“I'm aching after a pad session with Floyd and I don't know he does it.
“I'm 27 years old, in the prime of my life and one of the fastest fighters on the planet and he's right there with me keeping up with everything, at his age. It's amazing, I don't know how he does it.”
The British super-middleweight star, who takes on Yildirim in the quarter-finals of the World Boxing Super Series, has been linked to Las Vegas since his teens.
His father sent him to the fight capital of the world to toughen him up and that is when he first met the Mayweather family.
“I first met Senior at Top Rank boxing gym, which is where he used to train his son,” Eubank Jnr said
“I was about 17 back then, which is when I would have met Floyd for the first time. Soon after that was when he got his own gym.”
Eubank Jnr revealed he came out to Las Vegas for the last three weeks because he had to see Mayweather Jnr wind down his career.
The Brighton fighter has been a part of a number of the American’s camp and wanted a glimpse of his final one before he fought UFC fighter McGregor.
“The training facilities in Floyd's gym are great,” he said. “I get great sparring, it's at high altitude and everything I need for a training camp is here.
“Also, I was not going to miss being a part of Floyd's last ever training camp – it's history. I wanted to be able to look back in 50 years and say 'yeah, I was a part of that’.”
But now Mayweather Jnr is gone, Eubank Jnr is not ready to take on the role of the money obsessed bad boy of the sport.
The American has created a view of him that makes many outside of his fan base hate him because of his trash talking and love to show off his obscene wealth.
But it means millions tune in to see if he will finally lose, much like they did for Saturday’s clash with McGregor.
“He used to be really humble back in the day, you can see when you look back at early interviews, he was different,” said Eubank Jnr.
“He was ‘Pretty Boy’ Floyd then and ‘Money’ Mayweather is a different persona. Las Vegas, the money and lifestyle has shaped what he is.
“For him, he would rather have the money than the popularity vote.
“Is that the way I look at boxing? No. It's not that I want the popularity but I wouldn't choose money over being disliked.
“I do some things to upset people but there's a limit and I'm not going to actively pursue things that are going to get me in the media for the wrong things.
“I don't want to do things just to get more views or more money for a fight.”
Eubank Jnr, who has lost just once in 26 fights, can see himself soaking up the Las Vegas lifestyle on a more regular basis at least, but he will head back to England this week to prepare for Yildirim next month.
He added: “I can see myself having my training camps here – I've got everything I need to get the best out of myself.”