Floyd Mayweather Sr., Eddy Reynoso and More – Here Are the Best Trainers of the Modern Era

Published 12/29/2020, 10:31 AM EST
LAS VEGAS – MAY 01: (L-R) Floyd Mayweather, Sr. and Floyd Mayweather, Jr. attend the official Mayweather afterparty at Studio 54 at MGM Grand on May 1, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Johnny Nunez/WireImage)


Boxers are certainly amongst the most revered and popular athletes across all sports. A sport is nothing without its athletes and they have the right to bask in all the glory that comes with it.

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However, an athlete requires a proper team and administration to flourish amongst his/her contemporaries. While we all hail the boxers for their sensational performances, the trainers are the pillars of strength behind their success inside the squared circle.

Boxing trainers go to extreme lengths to hone the pugilists and every era has had such alluring enigmas. Today, we will talk about some of the best boxing trainers of this era.

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There’s no way hardcore boxing fans have missed out on those names but the trainers truly deserve way more recognition than they receive.

Teofimo Lopez Sr.

‘Take Over’ Lopez is currently the unified lightweight world champion and if not for his dad, it would have remained a dream.

Teofimo Lopez Sr. has always been the prime trainer for his son and the father-son duo shares a special bond. Starting from the training routines to press conferences, Lopez Sr. guards his son like an armor. In fact, it’s hard to trash-talk the champion when his father is around.

Teofimo Lopez got all his boxing talent from his dad and Lopez Sr. will certainly be remembered as one of the finest trainers of this era.

Eddy Reynoso

The Mexican trainer guides a handful of elites including the likes of unified super-middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez, WBC silver lightweight champion Ryan Garcia and former unified heavyweight champion Andy Ruiz Jr.

He is one of the superstar trainers who have a great hold on the sport of boxing. While Alvarez parted ways with Golden Boy Promotions this year, he is still under Reyno’s training guidance.

That said, Reynoso’s prime prodigy Garcia also has a fight on January 2 against Luke Campbell.

Floyd Mayweather Sr.

LAS VEGAS, NV – FEBRUARY 17: Boxing trainer Floyd Mayweather Sr. waits for the start of a welterweight boxing match between Danny Garcia and Brandon Rios at the Mandalay Bay Events Center on February 17, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Steve Marcus/Getty Images)

Arguably the greatest boxer of the era, Floyd Mayweather Jr. has been trained by his father all his life.

Notably, Mayweather Sr. was a professional boxer himself. However, his transition to a trainer earned him more name and fame. He produced the greatest defensive elite of all time and Mayweather Jr. never hesitates to credit him for that.

Even today, the five-division world champion takes guidance from his father and is reportedly back in the gym for his upcoming special exhibition fight against Youtuber Logan Paul.

Derrick James

James is the trainer of the Charlo brothers and is one of the finest in the business. He trained several boxers on his yard but Jermell Charlo and Jermall Charlo are his current hot-prospects alongside Errol Spence Jr.

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Both the undefeated twins are champions and James needs a lot of credit for that. Hence, it is no surprise that he is regarded as the best by many boxers.

There are several other legendary trainers in the boxing landscape, and they truly deserve the spotlight. However, a life in the shadows while creating the best boxer possible is part of a trainer’s job profile.

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While these four trainers remain great in the current era, there are umpteen more. Who do you think is the best boxing trainer of all time?

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Raj Sarkar

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A senior boxing writer at EssentiallySports, Raj Sarkar is a mass media graduate who is currently pursuing his master’s degree in broadcast journalism. In addition to his current role, he has worked with the MMA team at EssentiallySports and has interviewed prominent fighters such as Ritu Phogat and 'The Red King' Rory MacDonald. He combined his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports and has a combined 2000 plus bylines in MMA and boxing over the last two years.

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