Boxing

Truth behind footage of ‘fat’ Floyd Mayweather battered in sparring

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Despite his unblemished 50-0 record as a professional boxer, even Floyd Mayweather had bad days at the office.

Footage of a spar between Mayweather and fellow professional Paul Spadafora remains source of much chat among fight fans on YouTube.

The footage was first played on a US sports network before Spadafora’s 2002 victory over Dennis Holbaek.

The commentator describes Mayweather as "out of shape", and in it he looks to be well above his fighting weight, which around that time was the lightweight division.

In it, you can see Mayweather get hit repeatedly in sparring before collapsing to the floor shortly afterwards.

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One person who previously shared the footage on YouTube wrote: "Floyd a bit overweight."

Some on the footage sharing site said they believe it wasn't Mayweather himself in it.

But the commentary team for the bout between Spadafora and Holbaek appeared sure that the minute-long clip was the now-retired professional boxer.

They also stated that while Spadafora had been training intensely for an upcoming bout at the time, while Mayweather had stepped away from boxing for weeks and was hugely out of shape.

That becomes apparent as Mayweather, who will face YouTuber Logan Paul in an exhibition bout this weekend, is overwhelmed by Spadafora while also missing his own attacks.

Almost immediately after the spar ends, an exhausted Mayweather collapses to the floor while his opponent remains standing, having barely broken a sweat.

Since retiring as a professional boxer in 2017, Mayweather has continued to train and remain sharp, facing Japanese kickboxing sensation Tenshin Nasukawa in a 2018 exhibition bout.

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Provided Mayweather has trained seriously for his upcoming exhibition match this weekend, it is difficult to see how Paul stands a chance at defeating the 44-year-old.

Mayweather vs Paul is set to take place this weekend on June 6 in Miami, Florida.

Headlined by an exhibition between 50-0 Mayweather and 0-1 Paul, the card also features Badou Jack vs. Dervin Colina, the boxing debut of former NFL star Chad ‘Ochocinco’ Johnson, and the return of Viddal Riley, who many may know as the former boxing trainer of YouTuber KSI.

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