Mayweather vows to follow uncle as great fight trainer

LOS ANGELES (AFP) – Floyd Mayweather, who retired from boxing in 2017 with a perfect 50-0 record, said yesterday he hopes to emulate his late uncle Roger by becoming a successful trainer.

Mayweather posted a message on his Instagram account along with video footage of him working with his 14-year-old nephew.

“I am new at training and so far I’ve been working with people with no boxing experience, therefore we are growing together,” Mayweather wrote.

“But I promise you, I will be one of the best trainers in the world.”

Roger Mayweather, who died last month at age 59, trained Floyd for much of the unbeaten champion’s career. Floyd Sr also trained his son.

“Due to the recent passing of my Uncle Roger, I’ve felt inspired to help those around me the same way they have been there for me throughout my boxing career,” Mayweather wrote.

The coronavirus pandemic has kept Mayweather isolated and given him time to ponder his future in boxing.

“In a time where we must distance ourselves from others, it has allowed me to reflect on how I want to make a difference in people lives and help them achieve their goals,” he wrote.

File photo shows Floyd Mayweather Jr during a bout against Marcos Maidana at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. PHOTO: AFP