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Never Tire! Inside Floyd Mayweather Jr Training Camp plus one on one interview

LAS VEGAS, Nevada (November 7, 2005) Ė by Aurelio Martinez - Hard work, hard sparring and strength of mind is what you will find inside the training camp of Floyd Mayweather Jr. ďNever TiredĒ is the best way to describe Mayweatherís condition for his upcoming November 19 fight against Sharmba Mitchell. Mayweather is in the right frame of mind, outstanding condition and ready to fight as training camp enters its final stages.

Mayweather is always prepared to call in new sparring partners as boxers come and go during the duration of training camp. This has not been the case in this camp as Mayweather brought in boxingís top thoroughbreds, Former champion DeMarcus Corley, Veteran Ray Collins and WBC Continental Americas champion Donald Camarena. There has been no need to call in replacement sparring partners as this high quality team of southpaws have been in camp from the start..

Typical of Mayweatherís training you will see him loosen up for a good 15 minutes and begin his sparring session. He will spar for a good 40 minutes at minimum and if thatís not enough, he then begins with his work out routine which consist of bag work, mitts and exercises. All non-stopÖ Never Tire!

Mayweather took the time to share some words with us:

Aurelio: Howís training camp going?

Mayweather: This training camp was alright, youíve always got to have a positive training camp, good sparring good work good southpaws. Chop Chop former world champion, Donald an up and coming champion, heíll be a champion in the future, Ray Collins an old school vet and theyíre all southpaws so I had a good training camp.

Aurelio: You brought in a former champ, a veteran and a young guy, was this done purposely, was that the plan?

Mayweather: However the training camps falls in place is how it falls in place and it happened to fall in place like it did and thatís a great thing.

Aurelio: This fight is happing at 147 pounds; do you ever plan on coming back down to 140 or will you take over the 147 pound division?

Mayweather: We donít know what the future holds for us. It donít matter, itís not about belts for us, itís about being a legend in the sport and being the best out there, being the best in your time. Right now Iím trying to beat the best guys in my time.

Aurelio: When you first started training camp I heard you say something that stuck in my mind, and thatís when you said when you finish boxing and itís all over with youíre going to be the greatest boxer that ever boxed. And you meant that.

Mayweather: Absolutely! And so is everybody thatís part of my training camps. Right now a lot of people donít see it but twenty years from now people are going to say it was great being in the gym with Floyd Mayweather, I was proud being part of his team or even be part of his training camp. Iíve got a good good team behind me, Iím always positive Iím always happy and Iím giving the sport of boxing everything the sport of boxing needs as far as positive hard work and dedication.

Aurelio: Sharmba Mitchell, how do you approach him, does he bring anything different being a southpaw and a heavier fighter?

Mayweather: Heís a guy with 60 fights, Heís got more fights than anyone Iíve fought but I beat more world champions, Iíve been in more world championship fights than Shamba Mitchell has been in and Iíve beat more world champions.

Aurelio: What about the other fights out there?

Mayweather: Iím trying to stay active fighting the fights the network puts in front of me. I tried to get a fight with Winky Wright I could not get, tried with Zab Judah, couldnít get it, tried with Ricky Hatton, couldnít get it and the list goes on and on Shane Mosley, couldnít get it. Sharmba Mitchell was the only one that would step up to the plate so thatís why we are fighting Sharmba Mitchell.

Aurelio: What do you think about Zab Judah and his talk about when he sees you at a press conference heís going to make you fight?

Mayweather: Zab Judah is a video groupie heís mad because heís not a million dollar man. Iím HBOís pride and joy and he hates that. The guy donít know who he wants to be, I donít have anything bad to say about the guy but the guy got all the celebrity status by being in guys rap videos. I got my celebrity status by doing what Iím doing, being the best (boxer) out there. Zab Judah had a chance to step up to the plate this fight but did not make the fight happen, you know this guy didnít want to fight. A lot of guys talk about it but they donít be about it. I be about it, I only want to fight the best out there and continue to rack up victories so I can go down as a legend in the sport.

As long as I have my good team, Iíve got Leonard, Iíve got my uncle Roger, Iíve got Rafael and if we keep having positive camps the skyís the limit.

Aurelio: Whatís the situation with Top Rank?

Mayweather: Me, and Bob Arum have ups and downs, thatís how boxing is, you have good days you have bad days but when itís all said and done, in the end itís about the bottom line. Bob Arum is a great guy, I have nothing negative to say about him and on the next fight weíll be working back together.

Aurelio: We know Chop Chop and Ray Collins are top quality work how about a grade on the youngster Donald Camarena.

Mayweather: Donald is a good fighter, heís got that peek-a-boo style, and in the future he can become a world champion.

Article posted on 07.11.2005



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