Sparring Partner Reveals Floyd Mayweather Used to KO Boxers Even in the Gym

Published 12/22/2021, 7:30 AM EST
LAS VEGAS, NV – MAY 02: Floyd Mayweather Jr. throws a left at Manny Pacquiao during their welterweight unification championship bout on May 2, 2015 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)


Floyd Mayweather established a different place in the fight universe with his unusual boxing brilliance. Boxers get famous for their knockout power or an elite fight IQ. However, Mayweather pinned himself as a great because of his defensive boxing skills coupled with a stern fight IQ. But ‘TBE’ was a completely different boxer in the gym, and one of his sparring partners can sponsor this.

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Recently, Ashley Theophane, who earlier sparred Mayweather, opened up on how ‘Pretty Boy’ used to KO fighters in the gym.

Speaking to Fred Talks Fighting, he said, ”To spar Floyd was fun. I actually asked a spar Floyd’s before I signed with Mayweather promotions. So I’d ask to spar him, then they said I’d call.”

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”So I was like, damn, I don’t want to spar him now because like now I’m saying to him I don’t want to spar him and then I look bad he’s like oh you ain’t as good as I thought. And he was like, at that time, he was like, running through a lot of these guys, a lot of them got KO’ed and stuff I was like oh damn man, I’m next.”

Mayweather, out of his 50 career wins, bagged 27 wins by T/KO. With this, his KO ratio stood to 54% only.

These numbers do not reflect the beast Mayweather was inside his gym and training sessions. Often fighters put in their best version inside the gym to win their fights like a cakewalk.

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Mayweather was one of those fighters who adapted to two different styles, one he used to show in the gym and the other one under the enormous lights.

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Mayweather displayed a sublime fight IQ, and he could always make spontaneous adjustments in a fight.

LAS VEGAS, NV – MAY 02: Floyd Mayweather Jr. smiles at Manny Pacquiao during their welterweight unification championship bout on May 2, 2015 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Along with his defensive side, ‘TBE’ showed up with his aggressive style too, keeping his opponents confused.

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With all of his skills, Mayweather became one of the most accomplished fighters, and his record speaks for the same. Without a doubt, he was the smartest technician to have ever graced the ring.

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan is a Boxing Author at EssentiallySports. He is a graduate from the International Institute of Sports Management who combines his love for sports, particularly combat sports, and his flair for writing and analysis to help him in his day-to-day work. He has prior professional experience with sporting organizations such as Star Sports, Khelo India, and NBA.

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