Hall of Fame trainer and HBO boxing analyst Emanuel Steward expects to see no ring rust from Floyd Mayweather Jr. on Saturday night. Steward will be in Las Vegas to call the fight for HBO pay-per-view.
"Fighters come back because they still have a lot of fights still left in them,'' says HBO boxing analyst and Hall of Fame trainer Emanuel Steward. "They don't realize it. Many have been doing it since they were eight, nine, ten years old, and they miss it. Fighters like Floyd Mayweather and Muhammad Ali have a tremendous love for boxing which they don't realize until they walk away."
Steward predicts the layoff won't affect Mayweather because of the fighter's dedication to and love for the sport.
"I think Floyd's going to look spectacular on September 19,'' Steward said.
Steward said this on September 16. Hours later, it came out that Mayweather had lost it talking to the press about all the biases against him in boxing, including those of the HBO commentary team, and referred to Steward as an "Uncle Tom."
To Steward's credit, he's said nothing publicly about it, but if he's particularly chippy about Floyd on Saturday night, that might be a hint.