Mayweather struts his stuff at Peacock
THE Floyd Mayweather Junior bandwagon rolled into the Peacock Gym in Canning Town on Friday as fans flocked to see the undefeated welterweight in training, writes MATT DINER. Members of the public queued for hours just to catch a glimpse of the unbeaten A
THE Floyd Mayweather Junior bandwagon rolled into the Peacock Gym in Canning Town on Friday as fans flocked to see the undefeated welterweight in training, writes MATT DINER.
Members of the public queued for hours just to catch a glimpse of the unbeaten American, who retired in 2007 after defeating Ricky Hatton, but returns to the ring on July 18, to face Juan Manuel Marquez in Las Vegas.
"It was great to see a boxer of his calibre come to our gym," said Peacock chairman Martin Bowers. "People get excited when somebody like him comes here and the fact he was such a gentleman made it a great day.
"He had heard of us, as we have had great boxers here before and wanted to come here."
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'Pretty Boy Floyd' was in town promoting his fight and trained for well over 40 minutes in extreme heat, leaving his public in awe, with his quick feet and even speedier hands.
He stalked the ring, before bringing in his uncle and trainer Roger Mayweather as the pair put on quite a show for the fans, impressing amongst others Olympic champion James DeGale, who was in attendance.
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"It was brilliant, the man is a legend and for him to come down to Peacock, only five minutes away from where we train is great," he smiled. "Everything he does is quality. His hands, his feet, his quickness and his fitness are unbelievable.
"The way he was hitting the pads and moving for well over 40 minutes, was an amazing thing to see."
DeGale's trainer Jim McDonnell was also in awe of the fighter, who has a 39-0 record.
"He is a fantastic boxer and there was no way I was going to miss watching him train," he smiled. "He is what he is, he is a fantastic showman and fighter and it was great to see a good turnout. He is one of his best of his generation, he is absolutely awesome.