Long Time Coming: Jeff Mayweather Opens Training Center For ‘Combat’ Athletes 

Some offers are too good to pass up. Jeff Mayweather admits he never wanted to take on the responsibilities of a gym owner. However, when he was offered a deal just to use his namesake, he once held the IBO super featherweight title and is the boxing champ’s uncle Floyd Mayweather Jr – he couldn’t refuse.

But his quest to help others would not allow Jeff Mayweather to collect a check for the simple gesture of using his name. He says he will be a fixture at Jeff Mayweather Training Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. Mayweather and his team are currently creating ways to raise awareness of the gym through various events and kids’ camps centered around combat and fitness.

Mayweather trained at Floyd’s gym for years. Now he has a place to call his own. The Mayweather name rings very loud bells in the world of boxing and in the state of Nevada, and Jeff’s training center is sure to continue that trend. The 18,000-square-foot gym offers boxing, mixed martial arts, karate, taekwondo, jiu-jitsu, and strength and conditioning.

“Jazzy” Jeff explains how the gym came to fruition, chimes in on the recently inducted Boxing Hall of Famer and gives a no-prediction on the much-anticipated potential fight between Errol Spence and Terence Crawford.

Trainer Jeff Mayweather, right after working with boxer Zachariah Lewis. (Courtesy of Jeff Mayweather)

Zenger: It’s been long overdue, but you now have your own gym, the Jeff Mayweather Training Center. How did it all come together?

May weather: I’m not 100 percent sure. Well, I don’t want to spread anything wrong out there, but I kind of know. The owner wanted to use my name for this gym. But he didn’t want to ask me, so he let me ask this guy who works at the gym who I used to do a radio show with. I said yes.” He wanted to pay me to use my name and I told him, “No, I want to be a part of this gym if it has my name on it. I’ll be here to greet people and implement different things that will also happen in this gym.”

At the moment we are working on tournaments, Jeff Mayweather Classics, these are tournaments where we will fight different countries. We look at Canada, Ireland and London. We’re also working on New York vs. Vegas. And at some point we will also start hosting state-to-state events. We will hold training camps for young children. We’re also going to be doing this event that I’ve been attending for about 7-8 years, Bosses vs. Boxers. They are prominent businessmen who step into the ring with a real fighter.

It’s entertainment. Nobody tries to beat up anybody. It’s easy to have fun. It’s so funny because I’ve been doing this for about seven years and I’ve lost three times (laughs). It’s a fun event for everyone. Those are the things I try to bring to the gym. We brainstorm almost every day and many of the ideas are beginning to materialize. I will also be part of a documentary called Celebrity Making of a Champion. I think we’re going to be doing a lot of shots at my gym and that will help too.

It’s weird because everyone says, ‘You have your own gym now. You should be so happy,” but I’m not. it’s just me I will always be myself. I’ve always wanted to help people and now I’m able to help some people. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a big deal. There was a time when I never wanted to have my own gym. But it’s different when I’m the face of the owner.

The thing is 18,000 square meters. That costs a lot of money (laughs). However, I spoke to one of my business partners and we are finding a way to eliminate the monthly cost. We are working on that now. That way the guy behind me who pays behind the scenes doesn’t have to pay as much. We had an idea that makes about $15,000 a month.

Zenger: Are you exclusive to your gym or are you still performing at the Mayweather Boxing Club?

May weather: Last month was the last time I coached at Mayweather Gym. We’re still doing The Mayweather Experience, and it will always be at Floyd’s gym. I’ll show up there to train someone for something like this. Me and Floyd usually train people together, so this will continue. But only for this purpose because I will no longer take money from my own gym to train at Floyd’s gym.

Anyone who turns to me and wants me to train them has to come to my gym. And you can work out in my gym as the gym is open from 9am to 9pm. If you can’t get to the gym with a 12-hour window, don’t try not to go to the gym.

First I would go to the gym and just train my fighters and then I would be gone. Lately I’ve been trying to stay a little closer. We’re just setting up the kids camp, and we’ve never done this before, so I’ll probably stay behind until we actually do it to make sure everything goes well. It’s great man.

ZengerQ: Is this a boxing only room or is it used for other forms of fighting and fitness?

Jeff Mayweather poses with friends in front of his new training complex. (Courtesy of Jeff Mayweather)

May weather: No, that’s why it’s so big, it’s every martial art there is. We have MMA, Taekwondo, Jiu-Jitsu, Karate, Judo and we even have strength and conditioning. It’s one of those one stop shops where everything is under one roof. I think over time this gym will really grow.

Zenger: Due to COVID, the Hall of Fame induction ceremony included Classes of 2020, 2021, and 2022. Her nephew, Floyd Mayweather Jr., was one of the honorees. Overall, what do you think of the initiates?

May weather: I think all the men and women inducted over the weekend deserve it. Every single one of them deserves to be inducted into the Hall of Fame.

Zenger: Seeing Floyd at the height of the Hall of Fame as a kid in the early stages of his career, what did that mean to you?

May weather: I knew that day would come when his career would be over, he would have several achievements and of course he would call the hall. I loved the fact that his father was there more than anything because he deserved to be there. He is actually the reason why his son has achieved everything he has done. I think it was a very fitting ending.

Zenger: Another person you have known in sports since you were young is Devin Haney. He recently became the undisputed lightweight champion. Seeing your growth and maturity must also be fulfilling.

May weather: I actually trained Devin. I was one of his first coaches. To see the growth and what he has achieved now is amazing. Those things that Devin does, I told his dad that one day he would be world champion and the sky is the limit and he proved it. You know I look at him and Gervonta Davis who is a very good fighter herself. At some point they will have to fight each other. I don’t know, we’ll have to wait and see.

Zenger: If the fight between Errol Spence and Terence Crawford happened now, would you make a prediction or just watch it as a fan?

Jeff Mayweather’s training center intends to host a number of events, including boxing tournaments between the United States and other countries. (Courtesy of Jeff Mayweather)

May weather: Every guy definitely has a chance to win. At one point I preferred Spence. And after going through it all, I didn’t think he would ever recover. I started to prefer Crawford. Crawford has shown me so much, I don’t even know if 100 percent Errol could beat Spence Crawford. Well it’s kind of like you said, I like both guys, I’ll just sit back and shut my mouth, watch the fight and then pretend I picked the winner (laughs).

I think it’s a great fight. I think it’s a fight that has to happen for boxing. In this era, these two guys have great skills and this fight should happen and both guys should be well rewarded.

Edited by Richard Pretorius and Matthew B. Hall

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