Floyd "Money" Mayweather Jr. held a public workout today at the Mayweather Boxing Gym in Las Vegas, Nev.
Earlier this week, Floyd tweeted and encouraged all of the fans and tourists from the United Kingdom to come watch him train today.
Many of those UK fans are already in town as they prepare to watch their beloved Amir Khan take on Zab Judah this weekend at the Mandalay Bay.
Being a Las Vegas resident, no one needed to pull my arm to go support and watch Floyd Mayweather (41-0, 25 KOs) train. It was an outing I was already looking forward to. If you haven't ever seen Floyd train, YouTube it...you won't be disappointed.
While many of the media and fans waited for Floyd to arrive, I had the opportunity to get an exclusive with Roger Mayweather, Floyd's uncle and trainer.
Roger, never shy with words and opinions, discussed Floyd's upcoming bout with Victor Ortiz (29-2-2, 22 KOs) and the potential showdown with Manny Pacquiao.
I asked Roger if Floyd is still motivated.
"Yes. Critics don't realize how serious Little Floyd takes himself. Whether he's out of the ring for one year or two years. When you're undefeated and you take pride in that, you're always motivated. One thing that keeps him motivated is his status of staying undefeated because when you're undefeated and on top, you earn the right to demand what you want."
You and Floyd officially kicked off your training this week. How does he look?
"He hasn't lost a step."
Let's keep it real. Is this fight with Victor Ortiz a good tune-up for Manny Pacquiao?
"I believe so. Floyd has fought southpaws before. He fought DeMarcus (Chop Chop Corley), he fought Zab (Judah) and Sharmba (Mitchell), back-to-back-to-back. So, it ain't going to be a problem for him to handle a southpaw like some think."
Do you believe the fight with Pacquiao will happen?
"Yep. People still want to see the ultimate. They want to see Lil Floyd vs. Pacquiao. I guess that's the ultimate."
"I want to see it. I want to see it so everyone can shut up. I already know what the truth is. You know what the truth is too. Everyone knows it. Everyone keeps talking, oh Floyd is scared of Pacquiao and boom boom blah. How's he going to be scared of Pacquiao, my nephew don't take (expletive)!"
How long does Pacquiao last if they fight?
"If he takes that test he won't last long, I can tell you that! He takes the test it won't last long. He's been knocked out twice already. Everybody already knows what time it is. When him and my nephew fight, he's gonna have to deal with my nephew."
Do you see that fight happening next year?
"I hope so. Floyd's gotta stay active, though. He's gotta stay more active."
We wrapped up the questions because Floyd had just finished getting his hands wrapped by Rafael Garcia and was getting ready to go in the ring.
All I have to say is Roger is one funny and crazy individual, and it was a pleasure to talk with him.
As Floyd got into the ring and started loosening up, the Mayweather boxing gym started to get more crowded with fans and media—a lot of flash photography taking place as they watched Floyd and Roger prepare to do their mitt routine.
Floyd started talking and putting on a show for the cameras as he threw straight rights at his uncle's mitt.
"Focus. Focus. Jab. Jab."
"Can anyone beat me? They better clone me! You'll need a clone of me to beat me."
It was such an awesome and fun atmosphere. I spent a few hours at the gym with a good friend of mine, and let me tell you, Floyd Mayweather is a machine!
From mitt work, to body work, to the heavy bag, back to mitt and body work, to sit-ups, to pull-ups and dips, all the way to his infamous jump rope routine: Whether you hate him or love him, you have to admire and respect the dedication he puts into his training.
I don't care if he has been out of the ring for 16 months; he looked as sharp and focused as ever. Anyone who was there today could tell you that, and Victor Ortiz is going to need to pull off a miracle to beat him. Just being honest.
Like Floyd said, you better clone him!
(Click on the video I recorded to check out a short portion of Floyd and Roger doing mitt work.)
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