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Floyd Mayweather's uncle, Jeff Mayweather, sees his own career as boxing trainer grow
Published: Tuesday, May 01, 2012, 5:30 PM
David Mayo | mlive.com

LAS VEGAS – Jeff Mayweather has a spot again on the show where his nephew Floyd Mayweather stars, and his brother Roger Mayweather trains the star. The bright lights of MGM Grand will suit him, on the undercard, reflective of how he has carved out his career as a trainer, carefully and craftily, and on the fringes of the family limelight.

This particular afternoon, he is racing from Mayweather Boxing Club, where he trains a world champion featherweight, over to a different gym to work with a popular UFC fighter, Roy “Big Country” Nelson, who has cut an identity for himself as a bumpkin with a mullet.

“He's not from the country at all, he's from Las Vegas,” Mayweather said. “And he hates the mullet. But it's an image.”

Jeff Mayweather's image as a family peacemaker who was a decent professional fighter, without the fanfare of his more famous relatives, is well-documented.
But he possesses the Mayweather craft, and in 12-plus years since his active involvement in his nephew's career ended, he has turned that into his own industry.

Floyd Mayweather fights for Miguel Cotto's World Boxing Association super welterweight title Saturday. Jeff Mayweather will work in a different 154-pound fight, training 23-3 Deandre Latimore against Carlos Quintana in their second bout together.

Latimore won in his first fight under Mayweather but got dropped twice late in the 10-round decision win over Milton Nunez in February. Latimore lost a split decision in his only title shot, three years ago in Cory Spinks' hometown of St. Louis, and has been on the cusp of a championship for some years without breaking through, yet still is only 26.

Mayweather said Latimore never used, or was taught, much boxing technique because of his raw power.

“Last fight, he actually boxed brilliantly for eight rounds, then he just happened to get caught,” Mayweather said. “Because he can punch, he hits guys, and he stands there and waits to see what's going to happen. So sometimes, he's going to get caught himself. We work on 10-punch combinations. I figure that you're never going to need that many, but if you get used to that, it becomes a habit.”

Mayweather's prized pupil is Panama's Celestino Caballero, who last year won the WBA featherweight championship and has defended it once. The bulk of his work is in boxing, the sport that made his family famous. His crossover work with mixed martial artists who are interested in improving boxing technique is a side gig which he called “a growing trend.”

This week, the fight world's focus shifts to Cotto-Mayweather, and while Jeff Mayweather hasn't worked with his nephew since being dismissed from an advisory role in the camp purge of 1999-2000, he has moved his boxing training operations over to his nephew's gym within the last few months.

He said he sees Cotto as “no threat at all,” and added that there isn't much the Puerto Rican can do about it.

“Cotto is a counterpuncher,” he said. “You can't all of a sudden turn him into something he's not. And there's no way he's a better counterpuncher than Floyd, so he's already going to lose that battle. And secondly, if he tries to pressure Floyd, I think he's going to make it tough for himself, as well, because he's going to probably run into something.

“Don't get me wrong, I mean, of course, it's boxing, anything can happen. I mean, one punch can change everything. But I think if both guys bring their 'A' game, Floyd's on a whole different level than Cotto.”

Floyd Mayweather doesn't dance much anymore. But Jeff Mayweather said that isn't because he can't.

“With age comes wisdom and that's what it is,” Jeff Mayweather said. “Most people think that, 'Oh, he doesn't have the legs anymore.' It's not that. It's not that at all. Because in here, when he wants to move, he does. But when you're young and flashy and flamboyant, you want to show everything. You want to show everything that you've got. I think that was the case when Floyd was young. You want to showcase everything – 'Look at me, look at me, I'm dancing, I can do this, I can do that.' But now that he's older and wiser, why waste energy doing that stuff?”

Jeff Mayweather said that even after years of watching his nephew's unique gifts, he has “seen something different” in this camp.

“It's amazing to watch him,” he said. “He's really, really mastered the game of boxing. When I see these guys right in front of him, and they can't land nothing, even for me it's amazing, and I've been seeing him do it his whole life.”

wansen's Photo wansen 01 May 2012

"Jazzy" is a class act, always has been.

Glax0r's Photo Glax0r 01 May 2012

 wansen, on 01 May 2012 - 05:39 PM, said:

"Jazzy" is a class act, always has been.

Totally agree.