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Errol Spence believes he would have beaten Floyd Mayweather

The welterweight champion says taking things for granted led him down a path to destruction.

Errol Spence Jr. v Shawn Porter Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images
Wil Esco is an assistant editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2014.

Unified welterweight titleholder Errol Spence Jr surely has to be grateful that not only did he survive a high-speed car wreck where he was ejected from his Ferrari, but that he miraculously suffered no major injuries either. Some might call that divine intervention, but whatever you believe, Spence now knows how quickly he could lose it all.

So during an appearance on All The Smoke, hosted by former NBA players Matt Barnes and Stephen Jackson, Spence touched on a number of topics as he looks to make his return to the ring. Check out some excerpts from the show...

Spence on training in quarantine:

“This pandemic really been helping me out a lot. Basically recovery, taking my time and getting back. I’m already back, I’m 100%...No restrictions in my training except sparring. I can’t spar yet because I got my teeth knocked out and they put three posts in my mouth. Once they heal, I get my permanent teeth and then I’ll be able to spar.”

On the effects of his car accident:

“I don’t even remember being in the hospital. The only thing I remember is being at home, three weeks later…I didn’t break any bones, no fractures, no anything…I should’ve lost my life that night.”

On Floyd Mayweather:

“100% focused, in my prime, I think I would beat Floyd … He’s very mentally tough. I would cut him off, I would use my jab...throw combinations, work the body and then work the head… I’d try to break him down physically, because I know I’m not gonna break him down mentally.”

What he learned from his car accident:

“Don’t take anything for granted. Around that time, I was taking a lot of stuff for granted. I think I was headed down that way anyway. I was headed down that path to destruction anyway. I was taking a lot of stuff for granted. It was showing…I was already heading to destruction I think and that car accident was eye-opening for me.”

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