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Floyd Mayweather Jr. media workout
Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Miguel Cotto
You would never really know from his demeanor that just days after Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s May 5 boxing battle against Miguel Cotto at MGM’s Grand Garden Arena, the unbeaten mega-millionaire fighter will surrender to police to start an 87-day jail sentence.
Floyd, at least for now, has put that nightmare behind him as he worked out Tuesday at his gym in front of a more than 100-strong media circus -- including our contributing photographer Tom Donoghue, videographer Richard Corey and Steve Marcus of the Las Vegas Sun.
Prison rigors and hardships seem a long way off when you spot eight of Floyd’s super-cars parked outside his gym, among them a Ferrari, a Rolls Royce, a Bentley and a Lamborghini. Floyd’s supporter and friend rapper 50 Cent, on hand to entertain the crowd, made do with just three luxury vehicles. I should bring back “Lifestyles of the Rich & Famous.” You can hear on our video 50 Cent even tried to find me in the crowd when he told Floyd that I was into boxing.
With exotic cars, fans, Floyd’s kids, his fiancee Shantal Jackson and MGM entertainment chief Richard Sturm on hand, it was more of a party than a serious pre-fight workout, although Floyd was certainly sweating by the end of the 2 hours of punching bags and sparring with uncle and trainer Roger Mayweather.
Floyd wasn’t anxious to talk about life behind bars; instead, he revealed that he’s gotten into Bikram yoga (in 105-degree heated rooms) and Pilates as part of his training. “Cotto will be no pushover -- I’m working out with a vengeance,” he told Richard.
Our Sun Sports colleague Taylor Bern wrote, in his excellent technical article about the workout, that Floyd confessed he’d never stretched in his 16-year pro career before training, running and lifting. “I think I can push myself and perform a lot better with yoga,” said Floyd. He said that he has yoga trainers come to his house to work on stretching.
Floyd, 35, fights Miguel, 31, at MGM Grand on May 5, and then is set June 1 to start his sentence, part of a plea deal resulting from domestic violence charges with the mother of his three children. A judge agreed to delay the sentence until after the fight, Floyd’s 43rd, and plans to keep his unbeaten record intact.
From his efforts -- and luxuries -- on display Tuesday, you’d never realize, win or lose, that he was going away for 3 months in the big house.
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