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Floyd Mayweather Jr. talks to Heat about retaining titles

Oct 7, 2013, 7:59 AM EDT

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Floyd Mayweather Jr. knows a thing or two about retaining a title — 15 times guys have stepped through the ropes trying to take away one of his belts, and they’ve all failed. Mayweather is 45-0 as a boxer and is going to go down mentioned with the legends of the sport.

Sunday in Miami as the Heat continue to grind through training camp, Mayweather was a surprise guest to speak to the team, reports ESPN.

LeBron James and Dwyane Wade talked about what it was to have the champ at practice.

“With him being 17 years-and-0 — we’re trying to defend two titles — he’s been defending for a long time,” James said. “He definitely knows where we’re coming from. It’s definitely exciting to have someone, one of the greatest of all time, to be in your presence. It’s something you can talk about years from now when you look back on the history of sports. That guy was at our practice.”

“From one champion to another, he just talked about being proud of us and how we handled ourselves,” Wade said. “He knows, as a champion, how hard it is to go out there and compete when people try to take you down, take what you work for. He kept telling us how proud he is of us. If you got up today and you were a little tired, you walk in and see the champ, you work a little harder.”

Mayweather is a guy with a lot of fans in NBA locker rooms (Kevin Garnett was at his fight last month, for one). He commands respect.

While Heat players have shrugged off the idea, a lot of the teams that have won two in a row suffered some level of complacency that next season. Pat Riley and Eric Spoelstra are trying to keep that out of the Heat locker room, Mayweather is part of that.

But really, that tone will be set by LeBron and Wade. They are the leaders, this is their team, and if they don’t tolerate complacency it will not be an issue. If they show a little of it… well, the East is a lot deeper and more difficult to get out of this season.

  1. myeviltwinstwin - Oct 7, 2013 at 10:17 AM

    I bet Mayweather advised the Heat the most effective way to retain titles is to avoid scheduling tough opponents (Pacquiao anyone?).

    • asimonetti88 - Oct 7, 2013 at 10:52 AM

      He would beat Pacquiao if they fought. And they would have fought a long time ago if Pacquiao would take drug tests like other fighters do.

      • bigmeechy74 - Oct 7, 2013 at 11:34 AM

        The Heat should follow Mayweather’s advice. Except they can’t. The heat have to play the best teams. Floyd hand picks opponents and ducks the best. He waited until Mosely and De la Hoya got old to fight them. He retired in order to avoid Paul Williams. He ducked Barerra and Erik Morales when he was coming up. He waited until Cotto was shopworn before he fought him. He didn’t make weight against Marquez and paid a fine so was much bigger for their fight. And he made canelo come down to a catch weight in order to drain him. Oh, and he was scared to death of pacquiao. All floyd cares about is money and his record. He doesn’t have a true fighting spirit. You can see it in his fights. He never goes for the knockout. His fights are always dull as hell. Sorry for the rant but I can’t stand this guy

      • asimonetti88 - Oct 7, 2013 at 11:42 AM

        “He never goes for the knockout. His fights are always dull as hell.”

        Yeah, he’s always been about finesse more than raw power. It might not be as “exciting” to the casual boxing fan, but it is a technique that has made him one of the best fighters of all time.

      • spthegr8 - Oct 7, 2013 at 12:59 PM

        Floyd was bigger and faster than Manny. Floyds foot work is superior and as far Defense goes…. Not even close. Pac man was good but Floyd would have WHIPPED him too!!!!!

      • adersongonzalez - Oct 7, 2013 at 3:07 PM

        Sorry dude you have it twisted. If you read past Pacquao/Mayweather articles you will notice it is Mayweather making all the excuses. For instance, now Mayweather wants Pacquao to fight under Mayweather promotions and because of Pacquao contract he can’t. Pacquao NEVER denied a drug test, testing is mandatory for all fighters if both fighter agree who will be doing the testing. Testing was never done for Pacquao and Mayweather because Mayweather did not agree with Arum’s choice of laboratory, and then again, Mayweather did not suggest an alternate laboratory when Arum asked him where should the testing be done. Also, Maywetaher wanted 70% of the purse to fight and of course, Pacquao said 50/50 Mayweather backed out. Save articles in your computer for future reference.

      • antistratfordian - Oct 7, 2013 at 4:10 PM

        “He never goes for the knockout. His fights are always dull as hell.”

        Floyd used to get more knockouts at lower weights. He’s mucho self conscious about it now. These days, after every fight he offers some sort of excuse – something along the lines of “well I would’ve went for the knockout but I hurt my hand in about the 4th round.”

        So it bothers him. The thing is, he has the ability to knock people out. But the only time you’ll ever see Floyd fully open up – 100% hands free mode – is if he already has his opponent seriously hurt and knows nothing is coming back. Think Arturo Gatti fight… that was a long time ago.

      • bigmeechy74 - Oct 9, 2013 at 11:55 AM

        I love that you think “would have” is the same thing as actually doing it. And the drug test excuse is pathetic.

  2. isujames - Oct 7, 2013 at 12:31 PM

    I am far from being a fan of Floyd Mayweather but I do give him his credit and the guys that speak otherwise don’t know boxing and must not follow the sport because Floyd has beaten everyone,(the best).People should do their research before the say dumb things that they can’t prove and PAC Man is far from being the best he fought a bunch of has beens got knocked out cold completely when he fought a legit cotender so stop with the Manny nonsense.

    • antistratfordian - Oct 7, 2013 at 4:27 PM

      Well, Manny does have a weapon that Mayweather’s philly shell is vulnerable to. LeStraight Left. It’s Manny’s power punch (a devastating one), but he also leads with it often, and that latter fact has been a major problem for everybody. It took JMM 4 fights and some PEDs to finally get around it.

      Floyd obviously prefers to fight guys like Cotto, Alvarez, Hatton and Marquez – he knows where their heads are going to be 95% of the time. Their hands aren’t nearly as fast and their power not particularly frightening, so his confidence against them is near 100%. With Pacquiao those percentages drop precipitously.

    • whereyaat - Oct 8, 2013 at 2:33 AM

      You obviously didnt watch the Morales/Pacman fights, which were a far closer matchup than any opponent Mayweather has cherry picked. Mayweather only chooses to fight weaker opponents, which is evidenced by his decision to fight his wife while dodging Pacquiao. Cowardddddddddd!

      • whereyaat - Oct 8, 2013 at 2:40 AM

        Maywesthet even turned down a fight against an aging Morales, after Morales retired. Pacman fought that dude three times. Floyd’s a cowarddddddddddddddly chicken. He skeeeered, lol!

    • bigmeechy74 - Oct 9, 2013 at 12:05 PM

      He got knocked out cold by marquez… for the 1st time in his career…. and it was the 4th time they fought. What are you talking about? Pacquiao basically made miguel cotto quit and he had that awesome trilogy with erik morales. Pacquiao hasn’t fought a bunch of has beens come on man

  3. isujames - Oct 7, 2013 at 12:36 PM

    @ ^ I don’t care for Floyd either but you are reaching for things and making stuff up.

  4. kb2408 - Oct 7, 2013 at 2:42 PM

    I only wish Floyd was fighting during the heyday of welterweights. I would’ve loved to have seen him try to deal with the jab of Hearns, the body shots of Duran and overall excellence of Ray Leonard. I can almost guarantee he would NOT still be unbeaten. I give him one thing, he is the most brilliant boxer ever. Any fighter that can make as much money as he’s made without having had a signature fight/win has to be brilliant. All the all-time greats have had signature wins in their careers. What was Floyd’s signature win? He only fights guys he’s almost sure he can beat. Maybe he would’ve beaten PacMan. But he wasn’t even willing to risk taking an L.

    • antistratfordian - Oct 7, 2013 at 3:52 PM

      Mayweather would never have fought Hearns. 6’1 with blazing hand speed and ferocious power? That’s a no-go for Floyd. He is reluctant to fight anyone with Hearns skill combo regardless of height – the fact that he’s also 3 inches taller than anyone he’s ever fought would be a deal breaker.

      • kb2408 - Oct 7, 2013 at 5:10 PM

        Nor would he have fought Duran in his prime. He might have fought Leonard but the results for Floyd wouldn’t have been good. Leonard was just as fast but had a tremendous heart. And, unlike Leonard, Floyd wouldn’t have ever fought a beast like Marvin Hagler. Leonard fought him, against the advice of everyone, and beat him. This after a layoff and without even one tuneup fight.

      • antistratfordian - Oct 7, 2013 at 5:29 PM

        You watch any of those fights – and they were just too brutal. Floyd is lucky to be fighting in this era – not just because of the nerfing of boxing, but also because fighting once or twice a year is considered normal (the days of a fighter like Sugar Ray Robinson doing 19 fights in a year are loooong gone).

        You might be right in that his true brilliance is in crafting a glowing narrative around remaining undefeated with few fights in a weak era.

    • kinggw - Oct 7, 2013 at 6:43 PM

      Are you serious? Floyd doesnt have a “signature win” because just about all of his signature fights end up being one sided affairs. Gatti was destroyed. Lots of people thought De la Hoya would get to him. Didn’t happen. Same with Hatton who was undefeated when Floyd embarrassed him.

      People said Floyd fighting the undefeated Canelo was a big mistake. They thought the age difference along with Alvarez’s power would stop Floyd. We saw what happened. Like Floyd or not, he’s the best and you’re nuts to think he was scared of one of the most overrated fighters of the day.

  5. jimeejohnson - Oct 7, 2013 at 8:46 PM

    One thing we all agree on: boxing is an awesome sport, combining brains and brute, and nowhere to hide. A boxer is to be respected as one of the most well conditioned athletes in all sports.

  6. hpeters77 - Oct 7, 2013 at 10:11 PM

    PAC is still sleep until he wakes up we can’t have this conversation

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