Floyd Mayweather says that due to illness, his uncle Roger Mayweather might have to be replaced as his trainer -- by Floyd's father, Floyd Mayweather Sr.
In a report at Fight Hype that will surely get people talking, Floyd Mayweather is considering making a change in his corner, as he says that his uncle and longtime trainer Roger Mayweather is ailing due to diabetes, and that he might need to replace him -- with his father, Floyd Mayweather Sr.
From Fight Hype:
"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."
Mayweather (43-0, 26 KO) has had an up-and-down relationship with his father, to say the very least, and the last time we saw them publicly, it was an episode of HBO's "24/7" where Mayweather berated his father and threw him out of the gym.
Since then, both sides have stayed quiet regarding the other, almost like it never happened.
Mayweather is a pretty closed-off guy in a lot of ways, so if he does think he has to replace Roger, he'd obviously look to his father first. Floyd Sr has worked with him before (he started him in boxing) and they both know the style and the training that would be done for any fight on May 4. If Roger can't go, Sr is the natural replacement.
But can it be a good working relationship? That's the real question. Floyd is at the stage of his career where he could probably just promote an assistant on his team, as Wladimir Klitschko recently did with Johnathon Banks, and still get good results, but Mayweather isn't a risk-taker. He'd want to know he's in good hands. And if they can keep from blowing up, Floyd Sr is almost certainly the exact right man to take over.