Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s uncle, Jeff Mayweather recently claimed that his nephew “beat up” sparring partner Zab Judah in a recent session in the Mayweather training camp as he prepares for the super fight against Manny Pacquaio in May. However, Judah said on social media himself “not to believe everything you hear” just hours after the reported beating from Mayweather.
In a mlive.com article published on Saturday, Jeff, one of the boxing minds in the Mayweather’s “The Money Team”, stated that Mayweather dominated Judah in three 5-minute sparring sessions.
"Everybody was just hyped because they thought Judah was going to be something different, but Judah was worse than the other guys," Jeff Mayweather said in the article. "It seemed like Floyd had something personal against him. He beat the (bleep) out of him. So then he quit, he let Judah off the hook, because Judah's got a fight coming up and he messed his eye up."
On Sunday, it was Judah’s turn to tell his side of the story and posted some telling messages on Instagram. Of note is that Judah also posted a picture of himself on a golf cart and neither eye is “messed up” as being claimed by Jeff Maywweather.
“If it don't make Sense Don't Believe it we too Blessed to worry about Haters Let'em Talk Just Keep Saying My Name!!! #SuperJudah #SMG #TeamJudah #DontBelieveEveryThingYouHear. [sic]”, Judah said cryptically although did not specifically mention Jeff Mayweather’s name or if he was specifically talking about the comments by the elder Mayweather about the recent sparring session with Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Judah was tapped as a sparring partner by Mayweather owing to his fight style similarities with Pacquiao— both are left-handed boxers and known for their aggressive and volume punching on top of the ring. Judah lost to Mayweather Jr. in a bout in 2006 via a 12-round unanimous decision.
In the same interview, Jeff Mayweather also stated that he’s seeing a different Floyd Mayweather Jr. during the training camp even describing his nephew as a “beast” inside the ring against his sparring partners that that “this isn’t the same old Floyd.”
It’s not clear if Jeff Mayweather’s statements is just to hype the training camp by the Mayweather team and try to intimidate Manny Pacquiao, who’s also in the thick of things in his own preparation for the super fight, or has some truth in it. What is clear is that both sides are taking the fight seriously owing to the big secrecy-- except for the usual "trash talks" from Freddie Roach and the elder Mayweathers-- of what is really transpiring within their respective camps.
Mayweather Jr. (47-0-0, 26 KOs) and Pacquiao (57-5-2, 38 KOs) will be meeting on May 2, 2015 at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada for the highly-anticipated bout considered one of the biggest fights in boxing history.
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