Floyd Mayweather Should Allow His Father to Train Him

Ian HanfordFeatured ColumnistDecember 12, 2012

LAS VEGAS - FEBRUARY 27:  Boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. (L) talks to his father and trainer Floyd Mayweather Sr. during a news conference at the MGM Grand Hotel/Casino as part of a media tour announcing his fight with Oscar De La Hoya February 27, 2007 in Las Vegas, Nevada. De La Hoya and Mayweather will fight for the junior middleweight championship May 5, 2007, at the MGM.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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Floyd Mayweather Jr. is reportedly interested in fighting Robert Guerrero for his first post-prison bout, but it's unclear who will be in his corner for his next fight.

According to a tweet by Mayweather on Wednesday, he's considering working with his father again:

I'm considering working with my father again fighthype.com/news/article13…

— Floyd Mayweather (@FloydMayweather) December 12, 2012

The link in Mayweather's tweet stems back to an interview that the world-class fighter did with Fight Hype's Ben Thompson on Tuesday.

Mayweather reveals in the interview that his uncle, Roger Mayweather, is not in good health. He's battling diabetes, and his mind isn't "quite as sharp as he once was due to his ongoing battle."

He goes on to say this as well:

He's not eating well; he's not healthy. I want him to get healthy and eat better so he can have a sharp mind, because his mind is not as sharp as it once was. Roger, you know, he's very, very sick at this particular time, so I'm thinking about working back with my father. We really don't know what the future holds for Floyd Mayweather as far as who's gonna be the trainer, but I'm leaning towards my father at this particular time.

It's certainly an interesting idea. Mayweather's next fight would have been intriguing already because he's coming off a prison sentence, but this adds another dimension to things.

Mayweather's father has trained him in the past, and he's trained notable guys like Oscar De La Hoya and Ricky Hatton as well. It's not like he doesn't know what he's doing, and "Money" would be wise to allow him to take his spot in his corner.

Obviously, Roger has done an excellent job with his nephew while training him, but health is always the chief concern. No one should be put at risk for a fight, even if it will set up the final years of Mayweather's career.

Mayweather Sr. also battles health issues, but it's hard to imagine that he would take this on if he didn't feel up to it.

Father and son have had issues in the past, but Money obviously wants to look past those here. He spoke to it in his interview with Thompson as well, stating that "My dad has to realize I'm an adult, you know. I just want my dad to accept and respect me as an adult. I think my dad, the thing is, he still looks at me as his 10-year-old son."

Mayweather Jr. is an adult, and he can handle himself in the ring despite his age. He doesn't need someone to hold his hand; he just needs someone to see things from a different perspective than he can in the ring.

It's hard to say that Money doesn't know what's best for himself. If he didn't think the relationship could work, it wouldn't be a possibility. His next fight is too important. He wants to prove that he still has it, and this is the best chance to do so regardless of who he lines up against.

All eyes are going to be on Mayweather Jr.'s next fight. It doesn't matter who is in his corner, attention always radiates toward anything that he's doing, and he likes it that way.

Making a trainer switch now may make the most sense. It's his first fight in awhile, and he could be more receptive to a new voice now, rather than when he's in a fighting rhythm.

Putting his father back in his corner is the right choice in this situation. It could repair a rocky relationship and give his uncle a much-needed rest.