clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

Turmoil is name of the game in Mayweather family

Despite a unexpectedly toned-down training camp and promotion from Team Mayweather, there still seems to be some ill will between Floyd Sr. and Roger Mayweather.

Ethan Miller/Getty Images
Wil Esco is an assistant editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2014.

Many years ago during a Floyd Mayweather fight (I can't remember which specific one it was at the moment), an announcer said during the telecast, "it's hard to find a Mayweather that likes another Mayweather." Surely we've all seen at least some of the turmoil that transpires within the family, but the family-feuds are multifaceted and long-lasting. In an interview with On The Ropes Boxing Radio, we finally hear from Roger Mayweather on his assessment of May-Pac, where he also offered so not-so-kind thoughts on his older brother, Floyd Sr.

When asked if he was surprised at the one-sided scoring on the judges cards, Roger replied:

"I'm not surprised. I actually told my nephew, I said, 'You need to start going to his motherf*cking body, start taking that body away from his ass and you're gonna stop him,' but he didn't do it. But his hands were hurting, I know his hands were hurting because his hands were hurting in the backroom when I was training him. I was warming him up and his hand was hurting. He did what he could do but if they fought again, he'd knock him out. If Floyd and Pacquiao fought again, Floyd would knock him out."

Then Roger was asked about his thoughts on Floyd Sr. being upset in the corner in between rounds because Floyd Jr. wasn't doing what he wanted him to do.

"Floyd(Sr.) don't even train Floyd, so it don't make no difference about what he says. Don't mean shit about what he said. Floyd don't train Floyd, and he didn't even know Floyd's hand was hurting. I knew Floyd's hands were hurting because I train Floyd every day. What does he know? He don't know nothing. Floyd's hands were hurting every day, but he fought him anyways."

I can't help but read some bitterness in the quote. It's been a longtime point of contention on who should be the lead trainer of Floyd Mayweather Jr. Uncle Roger had been the lead trainer for most of Jr.'s pro career but there had been points along the way where the father and son buried the hatchet (at least temporarily) and reunited as trainer and fighter. Of course those instances never really sat with Roger for the most part. Floyd Sr. didn't exactly make things easier to swallow when he would take few verbal jabs at Roger during interviews, saying things like Roger is 'okay,' but if his son wants the best chance to win he would bring him back as the lead man - and if he just wants an okay chance, he can keep Roger.

So although Floyd Jr. would remain loyal to Roger, things got a difficult again in recent years when Roger's declining health made Junior wonder if his uncle was really in condition to function as his lead trainer. Their famous mitt routine began to slow noticeably, and Junior would have to start correcting Roger on some of the combinations he wasn't executing properly. Ultimately, after the Cotto fight, Floyd Jr. decided he would finally mend his relationship with his father and bring him back as his lead trainer. And once again, Roger wasn't particularly thrilled. Junior would try to keep things as harmonious as possible by keeping Roger on the training team for the same pay, and mostly keeping their same routine, but Floyd Sr. would now be the man in the corner. And though they all continue to work in close quarters, it's apparent that both Floyd Sr. and Roger still don't think much about the others work and mostly disregard anything the other brings to the table. But then again - this just another day in the Mayweather family - and luckily they only have to survive one more training camp.

Sign up for the newsletter Sign up for the Bad Left Hook Daily Roundup newsletter!

A daily roundup of all your global boxing news from Bad Left Hook