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Floyd Mayweather's Open Sparring Session

Floyd Mayweather surprised everyone yesterday by holding a live sparring session for his open media workout.

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

If you wanted to catch a free Floyd Mayweather fight, last night was it. Yesterday, Floyd Mayweather held his open media workout ahead of his September 12th PPV with Andre Berto, and just when many of us were prepared to yawn through yet another stream of him hitting the heavybag (perhaps while holding a stack of hundreds), or doing his usual mitt routine, Floyd delighted everyone with a surprise sparring session.

For those who may not know, Floyd has a long history of disallowing any video taping of his sparring sessions, even from the major TV networks he's been signed to. In most cases, he's only released short glimpses of his sparring sessions to social media at his whim. But yesterday, for the first time, he held an open sparring session for the world to see. During the stream, both Leonard Ellerbe and Ishe Smith stated that Floyd hosting this unprecedented event was just more evidence that this will truly be his last fight. Make of that what you will.

So during the session, Floyd worked with two different sparring partners, and while I didn't clock him, he essentially sparred for roughly 30 straight minutes with a couple 15-30 second breaks in between (which were obviously intended more for his sparring partners than himself). And since Floyd is typically known to be much more aggressive in sparring than he is in actual fights, a few people even quipped that the sparring session was more entertaining than the Pacquiao fight itself.

The video above is long and has a couple hours of filler and interviews, but if you want to skip right to the action you can scrub to the 2:53:00 mark.

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