Floyd Mayweather opens up about his estranged father
Boxing legend Floyd Mayweather Jr. opened up about his father in a rare heartfelt speech at a celebrity panel event in Los Angeles earlier this month.
The former fighter described becoming a man alone from age 16 to 21 while his dad, Floyd Mayweather Sr, was in prison, and revealed his drive came from the feeling he ‘never wanted to let my father down.’
‘He bent over backwards. He went out and hustled every day. He’d make sure I got to the gym. And if it weren’t for him, I wouldn’t be in this position,’ Mayweather told an audience at the Hidden Empire Film Group studios in Santa Monica.
‘When my dad went to prison, I was 16. I went to the Olympic Games at 19 by myself, without a trainer, with everything that he taught me.
‘When he came back into my life I was 21. I already had my own house, my own vehicle, my own lifestyle because I became a man in those five years.’
Floyd Mayweather opened up about his father Floyd Mayweather Sr who was in prison while the boxing legend was 16-21. The father and son are pictured after a 1998 fight against Sam Girard
The boxer was speaking at an event for the upcoming film Fear at the Hidden Empire Film Group studios in Santa Monica
Mayweather has previously revealed he has seen his father only four or five times since then – making his comments on his devotion to his dad a stunning revelation.
Mayweather and other sport stars including six-time NBA champion Scottie Pippen spoke on a panel moderated by CNN commentator Van Jones on the subject of ‘fear’ – as part of a promotion of a new movie Fear, set to be released on Friday.
The boxer said his father left him with sound advice: ‘The less you get hit, the longer you’ll last.’
‘Just like in business, the less you get hit, the longer you’ll last. That’s why when you make an investment, you always want to be smart,’ Mayweather said.
‘He wanted me to keep all my faculties so that when my career was over, I was able to make smart investments, so I’ll still have something. So I gotta give a thanks to my dad.’
Jones added: ‘I don’t know any of us will be confident that at 16 we had to walk away that our kids will be ready. Your dad did something extraordinary.’
Mayweather told the audience three reasons why he faced adversarial reactions from others in his life – but that it did not stop him having a ‘positive attitude.’
‘We go into every situation always with a positive attitude. We’re gonna win no matter what.
‘I’m black, I’m outspoken, I’m wealthy. So those are three strikes against me every day. But nothing stops me from being hungry, to drive and be better, help my family, and constantly build generational wealth.’
Mayweather said his drive came from the feeling he ‘never wanted to let my father down’
‘He bent over backwards. He went out and hustled every day. He’d make sure I got to the gym. And if it weren’t for him, I wouldn’t be in this position,’ Mayweather said. He and his father are pictured celebrating after his final fight when he defeated Conor McGregor in 2017
Fear director Deon Taylor said his movie is made by an all-black-owned production company, and that Mayweather’s comments struck a chord with him.
‘It was a really tough talk section,’ he said. ‘We all just talked about what the power of fear can do.’
Taylor said he and the cast and crew of the movie, which stars Power actor Joseph Sikora, were constantly petrified as they were the first movie to be filmed during the coronavirus pandemic.
‘It was the scariest thing I’ve ever done in my life,’ he said.
Holed up in a 200-year-old cabin in Tahoe, living there for weeks and filming while sealed off from the outside world, Taylor said his actors fully immersed themselves in the world-ending horror of the movie, that seemed to be also reflected in real life at the height of the pandemic.
The IMDb description of the movie says: ‘When a terrifying pathogen is released, one family will fight to save their children against a band of marauders, hellbent on revenge.’
Mayweather and other sport stars including six-time NBA champion Scottie Pippen (center) spoke on a panel moderated by CNN commentator Van Jones (left) on the subject of ‘fear’ – as part of a promotion of a new movie Fear, set to be released on Friday
Fear director Deon Taylor said his movie is made by an all-black-owned production company, and that Mayweather’s comments struck a chord with him
‘You could just look at the actors and see they felt this is really eerie and creepy and scary,’ Taylor told DailyMail.com.
‘We called the CDC [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention] to figure out what we could do. And at that time, they had no idea what any rules were.’
The director said the CDC told them to test twice a day, and described the extreme lengths his crew went to.
‘The only way that you could test is by having a professional person do the swab up your nose, and drive it six hours from the set in Tahoe to Los Angeles every day and bring the results back,’ he said. ‘These drivers made 65 trips to LA.
‘The budget on the film was peanuts. The most expensive thing was doing that – it probably cost us $200,000.
‘That was probably the scariest time of my life,’ he added. ‘I knew I had 18 people’s lives in my hands.’