Mayweather has explained how he first trained with rising exhibition opponent Don Moore when he turned pro and is excited for the opportunity to share the ring with him in Dubai
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Floyd Mayweather is delighted to share the ring with his former training partner Don Moore in Dubai this weekend after working with the star for several years.
Mayweather will step onto the iron square for his third exhibition outing this weekend against former sparring partner Moore in Dubai. The fight takes place on a helipad atop the grandeur Burj Al Arab Hotel, which stands 700 feet above sea level, with just 20 fans set to witness the Middle Eastern spectacle.
The boxing legend is looking forward to hosting the event and expects a great spectacle from all participants. “I’m pretty sure every fighter is going to put on a hell of a show up here, it’s going to be very competitive and that’s what we want to give people,” Mayweather said at a pre-fight press conference in Nigeria.
“I’ve been here as a pro for 26 years Don Moore, we trained together at the gym and they were younger than me. I was already a pro, I turned pro in 1996. He came from boxing and had a great career, as did I, but it’s not just about us. Traveling around the world from boxing has been really awesome.”
Moore was one of Mayweather’s most trusted sparring partners throughout his illustrious career in the sport, even training with Floyd’s uncle Roger. The pair shared several secret sparring sessions at Mayweather’s boxing club in Las Vegas, with Mayweather even hosting an open sparring session with Moore in 2015.
Mayweather first met his upcoming opponent during a boxing tournament in Michigan when the pair were competing in the amateurs. Moore had offered to box the star, who was left unopposed, but the fight never took place, instead a new blossoming friendship was formed.
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The 42-year-old has since claimed Mayweather had a “problem” with his style during sparring sessions and has vowed he has the tools to dismantle the undefeated star. “Those sparring sessions, every time we fought, everyone was hooked, they couldn’t wait to see it,” Moore told The Sun.
“It was always competitive, Floyd always had a problem with me and as everyone knows Roger coached Floyd but he coached Don too. The same training that Roger gave Floyd, he put into this young man. It’s just that Floyd got the spotlight and I didn’t.
“I’m the underdog and I’ve already worked hard with Floyd, we’ve already fought rounds, blow for blow. I went beyond my duty to prepare him for other fights – now it’s my opportunity to show everything I did back then. Not only am I not a sparring partner, I am a fighter.”
https://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/boxing/floyd-mayweather-don-moore-boxing-26953585 Floyd Mayweather applauds past sparring sessions with exhibition opponent Don Moore