Floyd Mayweather Sr. back in son’s corner

It’s been 13 years since Floyd Mayweather Sr. worked the corner as lead trainer for Floyd Jr. The elder Mayweather is back in that capacity and will be in his son’s corner Saturday when he defends his welterweight title against Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero. They will square off at MGM Grand in Las Vegas (on Showtime pay-per-view).

Both Floyd Sr. and his brother, Roger, are battling illnesses. Floyd Sr. has sarcoidosis, a disease affecting the lungs. Roger, uncle and longtime trainer to Floyd Jr. until now, has diabetes and apparently is not as healthy as Floyd Sr. Thus, the switch, Floyd Jr. said.

“Well, my dad – of course, he’s a boxing wizard and Roger’s a boxing wizard – so you can’t go wrong with either guy,” Floyd Jr. said. “My dad is the main trainer and, of course, like I said before, it’s not like I fired anyone. It’s just that my dad’s a little sick, but he’s a lot healthier than Roger is.

 

“Roger’s … health is not at its best right now and my main focus is I want a guy that’s in my corner that’s sharp and healthy.  But he (Roger) still works day in and day out with me every day as far as and keeping me sharp.”

Floyd Jr. said his father will be the man in charge of his corner Saturday and that Roger won’t even be in the corner.

“No, I don’t think Roger will be in my corner,” Floyd Jr. said. “I don’t need both in my corner, but both guys are my trainers. Of course, my dad is the head guy in my corner.”

Floyd Sr. and Floyd Jr. have had a well-known volatile relationship. This move is seen by some as something that could change that.

 

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Dads of Mayweather, Guerrero mar news conference

Floyd Mayweather Sr. and Ruben Guerrero caused the most excitement at Wednesday’s final news conference for the welterweight title fight between their sons – Floyd Jr. and Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero – on Saturday at MGM Grand in Las Vegas (on Showtime pay-per-view).

As it goes, Ruben Guerrero was doling out insults to Floyd Jr., who was seated at the dais, as the elder Guerrero was making his way to the podium. After the official proceedings were over, Floyd Sr. made his way from where reporters were seated and began to shout at Ruben Guerrero. The two had to be separated.

Floyd Sr., who is the lead trainer for his son for this fight, was asked not to sit at the dais by his son as there has been some friction between the camps.

“Just to avoid any conflict,” Floyd Jr. said. “That’s why I let my father sit down low, in the audience, because I don’t want any conflict. I’m trying to avoid anyone getting hurt. If I’m up here and Robert’s up here, and my dad and his dad get to fighting, and they fall on him or fall on me, somebody’s finger gets broke or something happens, somebody gets cut, then we’re talking about hundreds of millions of dollars down the drain. I think I made a smart decision. I don’t have to fight his father. I’m here to fight the fighter. Like I told my dad, just carry yourself in a classy way.”

Guerrero defended his father.

“Like my father says, ‘I am who I am, I’m going to be who I am,’ ” Robert Guerrero said. “That’s who he (his father) is. I can’t tell him what to say and what not to say. That’s my father, he’s going to do what he does.”

Guerrero also said, “It’s good you have security here and the officers because he’s not all talk.”

Yes, but Ruben Guerrero, who trains his son, did not have a pro boxing career like Floyd Sr. had.

 

Just to avoid any conflict.  That’s why I let my father sit down low, in the audience, because I don’t want any conflict.  I’m trying to avoid anyone getting hurt.  If I’m up here and Robert’s up here, and my dad and his dad get to fighting, and they fall on him or fall on me, somebody’s finger gets broke or something happens, somebody gets cut, then we’re talking about hundreds of millions of dollars down the drain

“I think I made a smart decision.  I don’t have to fight his father.  I’m here to fight the fighter.  Like I told my dad, just carry yourself in a classy way.”

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