REUNITED: Floyd Mayweather Jr and Sr
AHEAD OF his ring return at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada on May 4, boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr has chosen his father to be his trainer.
Floyd Mayweather Sr, who has had several fallings out with Mayweather Jr, taught his son how to box as a child and was his head trainer during the early part of the five-weight world champion's professional career.
But after splitting with his dad as his trainer and manager, the 35-year-old Mayweather Jr selected his uncle and his father’s brother – the retired two-weight world champion Roger Mayweather – to become his trainer, which caused friction between the family.
However, Roger – who has several medical issues such as diabetes – is reportedly too ill to be in his nephew’s corner in May.
The father and son combination have a rocky relationship and Mayweather Jr infamously launched a verbal tirade at his dad and forced him out of his Las Vegas gym in the televised build up to his bout against Victor Ortiz in September 2011.
Nevertheless, Mayweather Jr said on social media website Twitter on February 13: “Me and my trainer [my dad] back working together getting ready for May 4th,” and included a picture of him standing beside his father.
No opponent has been named for the May 4 fight but it will Mayweather Jr’s first bout for a year after been jailed in June for assaulting his former girlfriend.
Mayweather Jr, who was released from prison in August, has an undefeated record of 43 wins (26 K.Os) and is regarded by many experts as the best pugilist on the planet.