Floyd Mayweather Jr. will have his father, Floyd Mayweather Sr., his first ever childhood trainer in his corner during the fight against Manny Pacquiao. May 2, 2015, at the MGM Arena in Las Vegas, the two will go head-to-head in what is being slated as the biggest fight in the career of Mayweather Jr. A lot of barbs are being traded by both camps. Mayweather Sr., who has become an integral part of his son’s camp for the last four fights after replacing his brother Roger Mayweather, has spoken against Pacquiao’s trainer, Freddie Roach. The camp of Floyd Mayweather Jr. has claimed that “Manny has moved from first class to coach with the roach.”
Mayweather Jr. had made a lot of efforts to reconcile with his father after their huge public spat. A feud in 2007 had almost made Mayweather Sr. to take up the job of training Oscar De La Hoya against his own son. However, after the fight between Mayweather Jr. and Miguel Cotto, in which he was hit with way too many shots, Mayweather Jr. settled the differences between his father and himself. This could also be because he needed his father’s help in slipping punches. It is also a known fact that Mayweather Jr. first learnt his defense technique under his father’s guidance.
Mayweather Sr. had also spent more than three years in prison for selling cocaine. He was later released in 1998. He is 61-years-old now and is reportedly recovering from Sarcoidosis, a lung disease. Mayweather Jr. said after the patch up that he would not have been a fighter if it was not for his father. He said that his father knew that he loves him and whenever he fought, it was not just for himself, but for both of them. Mayweather Sr. has said that he is not worried about his son losing the fight. He has mentioned that the 38-year-old boxer has not slowed down at all and his defensive wizardry will prove to be too hot to handle for Pacquiao.
Apart from being in the corner of Mayweather Jr. during the fight, and his training duties, one of the main roles that Mayweather Sr. has in the camp during the promotion of this fight is to disturb and frustrate Pacquiao’s camp including his trainer. He has said in a poem of sorts about his training counterpart that, “Manny moved from first class to coach with the roach. Now he will be sprayed with Raid and underpaid. He will be gone just like the roaches go when the lights go on.”
As the atmosphere heats up and the intensity builds up before the fight, many comments in media by Mayweather camp are creating a lot of buzz. Mayweather Jr. himself came out a few days ago and claimed that he is better than the boxing icons and legends like Muhammad Ali and Sugar Ray Robinson. These comments are dividing the boxing community with many like George Foreman agreeing to it and saying that Mayweather Jr. is actually better than these legends. At the same time, a lot of other boxers like Wladimir Klitschko are outraged by these comments.
Mayweather Sr. has also said that they are going to treat this as just another fight. They consider Pacquiao as an ordinary guy and a merely hyped-up opponent. He said that there is nothing extra-ordinary about Pacquiao. Roach too had mentioned earlier when the fight was announced that Mayweather Sr. was not really a cornerman. He had however said that he was happy to learn that Mayweather Sr. would be working his son’s corner. This was enough to rile up Mayweather Jr. and his camp, including his father. Mayweather Sr. has mocked Pacquiao and his camp by saying that Manny has moved from first class to coach with the roach.
By Ankur Sinha
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