Lance Pugmire of the Los Angeles Times had a really nice piece from the Mayweather camp as Floyd prepares for his May 4 fight with Robert Guerrero on Showtime pay-per-view, focusing on something that has been mostly quiet, but was surprising news earlier this year: Floyd Mayweather Sr is definitely the lead trainer for his son's camp this time around, with Roger, the uncle and man who has led most of Floyd Jr's pro career, pushed into a secondary role.
Health issues have reportedly been at the center of the decision, and there's not been any report of anything other than that leading to Floyd installing his father as the chief second. Pugmire reports that the fighter was not pleased with the amount of punishment he took last year against Miguel Cotto, and decided to reunite with his defensive-minded father for Guerrero:
"The less punches you take, the longer your career lasts," Mayweather Sr. said as his son sweated through a workout that included jumping rope with ankle weights on.
"You build the legs up and dance, dance, dance for as long as you can to not get hit," Mayweather Sr. said. "It's not slugging. It's boxing. Yes, he's older," now 36, "but he'll still find a way out. He still wants to find a way to not absorb those punches. His feet will be light."
There was also reportedly some awkwardness with Roger, as he seemed bothered by the public confirmation that Floyd Sr is the trainer, and when the "one big, happy family" idea came up, he said, "I don't know about all that."
Will this be any sort of problem on fight night? Floyd is the man truly in charge -- after all, if he fired his dad tomorrow, for some reason, Roger would jump right back in there. And Roger is in the camp, working, even though he's not the lead man anymore, and even if his feelings are hurt. More worrisome might be the corner on May 4, if things get tense between father and uncle, and son is put into a position where he has to deal with a mess instead of focusing on the fight.