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Subject: RE: Floyed Mayweather 5:45-6 minute miles
Floyd has ALWAYS downplayed his training volume in between camps. This is a farce. He is non-stop one of the hardest working athletes today, all sports, probably all time. The reason he started camp with a 6 mile run is that he never really drops the training.
By chance I bumped into him at a Grand Rapids hotel where we used the pool for a Girl Scouts pool party, and where Floyd stayed when he was in GR because he found it was a PITA trying to buy a house here (seller would always find out who the buyer was & jack up the price). He had a posse but he was approachable. I had to clear past a flunky though! He moved on me, and said whats up. I said I just wanna say hi to Floyd and talk training, and the really big dude moved aside.
When I told Floyd that, as a runner, I admired the fact that in order to succeed as a boxer he needs to do his road work or he'd get killed in the ring, he said he typically runs 10 miles and he does them at a 5 minute pace (he enjoyed that chat!). He asked me if that is fast, with that smarta$$ gleam in his eye, knowing darn well how fast that is. That's the gleam that makes him tough to dislike. He is equal parts low class ghetto punk & charmer. I told him that if he is running 10 miles @ 5 min pace that he needs to take up road racing as soon as he retires. He is now 35 years old!
I have no idea how close to 5 min pace he was, or is, or of what he might be capable. I can certainly vouch for his fitness. As a runner you are used to looking a fit person, and looking at other fit people. He is a few levels beyond that. At roughly the same weight as me (140s) he is clearly ripped with lots of muscle where I do not have it, with physical poise, grace & balance that never goes away.
However, if you notice boxers legs sometime, somehow, below those basketball shorts that everybody wears now, you'll notice that they carry very little muscle mass in their legs. Their legs are kind of spindly looking. I think I probably had a lot more muscle mass in my legs, just as he had a lot more upper body - each where we need it.
Did you notice how much less of a jerk he was in the Cotto buildup? I liked that. Without my hometown connection I probably wouldnt follow Floyd at all, but it's easy as the Grand Rapids Press covers fight buildups, court cases and other Floyd dramas, so it falls in my lap. I've never PPV his fights but I follow in every other way, usually, except when it's too late then I just wake up and find out the result. Floyd won. 43-0. I think he should retire. It would be sweet to see him hand it to Pacquiao first though.
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