LAS VEGAS — It was 108 degrees outside the Mayweather Boxing Club at 1:30 Thursday afternoon. A handful of fans stood outside, hopeful of getting a look at Floyd Mayweather Jr., even though he wasn’t scheduled to arrive until 3.
Reporters and photographers stood in line, waiting to get in as the sun beat down on them. Once inside, there was no denying whose gym it was, as pictures and posters of Mayweather adorned the walls. In an exercise room, there were side-by-side pictures of Mayweather. In one, he held wads of cash. In another, he held what appeared to be an assault rifle.
Indeed, this gym is all about Mayweather. And why not? He’s the star of the show.
It’s been about two years since Mayweather held a media day at his gym, because it’s been that long since he’s fought. On this day, approximately 200 media members filled his palace, ahead of his Aug. 26 junior middleweight bout against UFC star Conor McGregor (on Showtime pay-per-view).
There were so many people, the air conditioning typically running in the exercise room didn’t seem to be working. Mayweather noticed.
“Turn the AC on,” he said to a team member as he sat down to speak with reporters. Told it was, he said, “It can’t be.”
Mayweather shook his head, and uttered an expletive.
Media day was nevertheless ready to rumble.
Mayweather is never one to be on time. Ask any reporter who has had to wait well more than an hour for him to get to a post-fight news conference. About 3:45, he arrived. One reporter could be heard saying, “Wow, that’s pretty good.”
Mayweather’s security team always draws second looks because these dudes are big. One guy, about 6-foot-8 and ripped with muscles, was nice as could be when exchanging pleasantries. But he wasn’t someone anyone would hope to make mad.
Some of Mayweather’s fighters who work for him under his Mayweather Promotions banner were on hand as well, as were some lovely women who did not appear to be reporters.
One thing’s certain, there were plenty of camp members wearing TMT (The Money Team) hats or clothes.
This workout was not open to the public, which had to thrill media members. As it was, they were roasting and sweating inside the hot box that was the Mayweather Boxing club. If fans had been allowed to squeeze in, tempers would likely have flared.
Everything was upbeat. Mayweather fully engaged reporters, often smiling. His right-hand man, Leonard Ellerbe – CEO…