Floyd Mayweather Jr. hires father as trainer once again for upcoming bout
Las Vegas, NV, United States (4E Sports) – After several ugly bickering, Floyd Mayweather Jr. has hired his father, Floyd Mayweather Sr. as trainer once again for his upcoming fight against a still unknown opponent May 4 at MGM Grand.
Mayweather announced the decision on his Twitter account, including a link of a photo of them together, presumably at his gym.
“Me & my trainer [my dad] back working together getting ready for May 4th,” Mayweather tweeted.
Floyd Sr. taught his son to box as a child and trained him in the early part of his professional career before going to prison. While behind bars, his brother, Roger Mayweather, became his son’s head trainer.
Mayweather, the pound-for-pound king with an unblemished record of 43-0 with 26 knockouts, and his father had several misunderstandings in the past.
But the most memorable one came during a confrontation in the early days of the preparation for the Victor Ortiz fight in September 2011 which was captured by HBO’s “24/7″ documentary show. The episode ended with Floyd Jr. throwing his father out of the gym.
Although they have reconciled after the incident, Floyd Sr. has been given a limited role n his son’s training and was not involved in his last two fights against Miguel Cotto last May and Ortiz.
It is unclear whether Roger Mayweather will remain part of the training team. He has medical issues, including diabetes, which might be a reason for the change.
Floyd Sr. has trained several notable fighters in recent years, working with Oscar De La Hoya, Ricky Hatton and Chad Dawson, among others.
The younger Mayweather, who holds titles at welterweight and junior middleweight, is expected to defend his welterweight belt in the May 4 pay-per-view fight.
There were reports that he will face interim titleholder Robert Guerrero but Mayweather surprised many when he announced that fellow welterweight titlist Devon Alexander is the front-runner for the fight.
However, Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer, who promotes Guerrero and Alexander and has worked with Mayweather since 2007, clarified that Alexander is not a candidate to fight Mayweather.