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Floyd Mayweather Passionate To Become Great Trainer, Ellerbe Says

In November, Floyd Mayweather announced that he was coming out of retirement. In January, he shared a poster portraying a rematch with Conor McGregor. In recent weeks, Mayweather has been increasingly documenting his time in the gym while maintaining that he’s once again retired. Instead, he’s pivoting to now become a trainer.

Mayweather Promotions CEO and longtime Mayweather confidant Leonard Ellerbe said boxing has been an escape for Mayweather as he’s been dealing with difficult times lately.

In a one week span in March during the coronavirus pandemic, Mayweather lost Josie Harris, the mother of his children, as well as his uncle and trainer Roger Mayweather.

“Boxing is his first love. It’s the first thing he knew how to do. When you have setbacks or are going through things, that’s what you turn to. It’s your safe haven. He likes being around the gym,” Ellerbe told in an interview.

“He’s really passionate about becoming a great trainer. When he makes up his mind to do something, he does it. He’s in the gym, putting in the work and perfecting his craft as a trainer.”


In recent weeks, Mayweather has expressed that he wants to follow in the footsteps of his father Floyd Sr. and Roger and help shape the next generation of fighters.

Ellerbe said they haven’t discussed how soon or at what scale Mayweather will begin training others.

As far as fighting himself, at the age of 43, the idea appears to be growing more farfetched by the minute.

Mayweather (50-0, 27 KOs) last fought in 2017 against McGregor and has remained retired ever since.

“Even if we did it again [with a McGregor fight], it’s entertainment and it’s business," Mayweather told last week.

Ellerbe said that fans should not be confused with Mayweather training to stay fit while also coaching others with Mayweather training wanting to fight.

“Floyd keeps his body in shape. He’s very conscious about how he looks. He’s always been disciplined and he takes great pride in how he carries himself. His body is bladed up right now,” said Ellerbe.

“He’s must-see TV. He’s Mr. Box Office. He’s TBE for a reason. People miss that. That’s why there is so much talk about him coming back. People miss the mega Mayweather events and beating everyone they put in front of him. They miss the excitement and rooting against him.

“If Floyd determines that [Manny Pacquiao or McGregor] can get a rematch, he’ll let the entire world know that. Right now he’s still retired, but if he changes his mind and wants to do something other than what he’s doing, he’ll let the entire world know.

Manouk Akopyan is a sports journalist and member of the Boxing Writers Assn. of America since 2011. He has written for the likes of the LA Times, Guardian, USA Today, Philadelphia Inquirer, Men’s Health and He can be reached on Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and YouTube at @ManoukAkopyan or via email at manouk[dot]akopyan[at]

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