Floyd Mayweather Jr Open to training Deontay Wilder
In a recent appearance on Club Shay Shay, Floyd “Money” Mayweather Jr (50-0, 27 KO’s) once again offered his coaching services to Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder (42-1-1, 41 KO’s). Well sort of. Since Wilder’s defeat to Tyson “The Gypsy King” Fury (30-0-1, 21 KO’s), Money has thrown the would-be proposal out a number of times. Technically speaking, the Bomber does have an open position on his coaching staff.
“Only thing he need is the basic fundamentals and I can do the rest…I can help him, I can really help him. Deontay Wilder is with us anyway, he’s with Al Haymon anyway.
So even like Deontay Wilder, I am here, all he gotta do is let me know what he wants to do and we can make it happen.”
This is due to him parting ways with former assistant coach Mark Breland. Evidently, Breland throwing in the towel during his rematch with Fury was more than he could forgive. In the end though, the hypothetical scenario of Money training Wilder is more than a little unlikely.
NEVER BEEN COOL OR FRIENDS
First and foremost, Wilder has never shown or displayed any interest or desire in this set-up. Beyond that, and more importantly, the two men have never shown in any way that they have a meaningful rapport or even truly respect one another. In the past, the Bomber has openly described Mayweather as a narcissist who needs the whole spotlight focused on him exclusively.
And while it was not Jr himself, Mayweather Sr. has trashed Wilder’s boxing ability publicly on numerous occasions. Oddly enough, Money has only come out to say anything half way positive about the former WBC champion following his first defeat. There are many who believe that his praise is actually tongue-in-cheek and generally disingenuous.
LOYALTY TO THE TEAM
It could also be very possible that it is merely their common affiliation with Al Haymon and the PBC that has led to this theoretical working relationship. In the end, regardless of why it is being tossed around, there is little to no hope of it coming to fruition. Even in this most recent circumstance, it was host Shannon Sharpe who brought up the would-be coaching arrangement and not Mayweather.
At this point though, it will be interesting to get a glimpse of what Wilder looks like period. The Alabaman heavy-hitter has completely gone off the grid since suffering that comprehensive loss to Fury. So, most in the boxing world just want to see him period regardless of who is operating in his corner. But like so many things, a potential Wilder-Mayweather team up is fun to day-dream about. Just do not hold your breath!
By: Bakari Simpson