Long Time Coming: Jeff Mayweather opens training facility for ‘combat’ athletes

Some deals are too good to pass up. Jeff Mayweather admits he never wanted to take on the responsibility of owning a gym. However, when offered a deal just to use his namesake – he once held the IBO super featherweight title and is the boxing champion’s uncle. Floyd Mayweather Jr. – he could not refuse it.

But his quest to help others wouldn’t allow Jeff Mayweather to collect just a check for the simple act of using his name. He says he will be a fixture at the Jeff Mayweather Training Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. Mayweather and his team are currently creating ways to bring attention to the gym, through various fighting and fitness-focused kids’ events and camps.

Mayweather trained at Floyd’s gym for years. Now has a place he can call his own. The name Mayweather rings very loud in the boxing world and in the state of Nevada, and Jeff’s training facility will surely continue that trend. The 18,000 square foot gym hosts boxing, mixed martial arts, karate, taekwondo, Jiu-Jitsu, and strength and conditioning.

“Jazzy” Jeff explains how the gym came to fruition, weighs in on recent Boxing Hall of Fame inductees, and gives a non-prediction for the highly 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 was too late, but you now have your own gym, the Jeff Mayweather Training Center. How did it all come together?

mayweather: I’m not 100% sure. So, I don’t want to say anything wrong 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 asked this guy who already works at the gym, who I was doing a radio show with. I said yes.” He wanted to pay me to use my name, and I said, “No, I want to be part of this gym if my name is in it. I’m going to be here to greet people and implement different things that will also happen in this gymnasium.

At the moment we are working on tournaments, “Jeff Mayweather Classics”, which will be tournaments where we will fight against different countries. We are looking at Canada, Ireland and London. We are also working on New York vs. Vegas. And eventually, we’ll also start hosting state-to-state events. We will organize training camps for young children. We will also be hosting this event that I have been attending for about 7-8 years, “Bosses vs Boxers”. They are prominent businessmen stepping into the ring with a real fighter.

It’s entertainment. Nobody is trying to beat anybody. It’s just for fun. It’s so funny because I did that for about seven years, and I lost three times (laughs). It’s a fun event for everyone. These are the things I try to bring to the gym. We think together almost daily, and many 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 do a lot of shooting in my gym, and that’s going to help as well.

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, this is a big deal. There was a time when I never wanted to have my own gym. But it’s different with me being the opposite face to the owner.

This thing is 18,000 square feet. It costs a lot of money (laughs). However, I have spoken to one of my business partners and we offer a way to eliminate monthly costs. We are working on it now. This way the guy behind me paying behind the scenes won’t have to pay as much. We had an idea that brought in about $15,000 a month.

zenger: Are you exclusive to your gym or will you still make appearances at the Mayweather Boxing Club?

mayweather: Last month was the last time I did anything at Mayweather Gym as a trainer. We’re still doing The Mayweather Experience, and it’s still going to be at Floyd’s gym. I’ll show up there to train someone for something like this. Floyd and I usually train people together, so that will continue. But only for that purpose because I’m not going to take money from my own gym anymore to train at Floyd’s gym.

So whoever reaches out to me and wants me to train them, they have to come to my gym. And you can work out in my gym as the gym is open from 9 am to 9 pm. If you can’t get to the gym with a 12 hour window, you’re not trying to get to any gym.

In the beginning, I would go to the gym and just train my fighters, and leave. Lately, I’ve been trying to stay a little longer. We’re setting up the kids camp right now, and we’ve never done it before, so until we do, I’ll probably stay behind to make sure everything runs smoothly. It’s great, man.

zenger: Is this strictly a boxing gym, or will it be used for other forms of fighting and fitness?

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

Weather report : No, that’s why he’s so big in size, that’s every combat sport 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 Celebration included the classes of 2020, 2021 and 2022. Your nephew, Floyd Mayweather Jr., was one of the winners. What did you think of the inductees in general?

Weather report : I think all the men and women inducted over the weekend deserved it. Each of them deserved to be in the Hall of Fame.

zenger: Seeing Floyd at the very beginning of his childhood career up to the pinnacle, the Hall of Fame, what did that mean to you?

mayweather: I knew this day would come when his career would end, he would have multiple accomplishments and of course the Hall would come calling him. I loved that his dad was there more than anything because he deserved to be there. He’s actually the reason his son has achieved everything he’s done. I think it was a very fitting ending.

zenger: Someone else you’ve known since they were young in the sport is Devin Haney. He recently became the undisputed lightweight champion. Seeing its growth and maturity should also be fulfilling.

mayweather: I actually trained Devin. I was one of his first coaches. To see the growth and what he has achieved now is amazing. These things that Devin does, I told his dad he was going to be world champion one day, and the sky’s the limit, and he proved it. You know I look at it and Gervonta Davis, who himself is a very good fighter. At some point, they’re going to have to fight. I don’t know, we have to wait and see.

Zenger: If the Errol Spence and Terence Crawford fight was happening right now, would you make a prediction or would you just watch this one as a fan?

Jeff Mayweather’s training facility is looking to host a number of events, including US boxing tournaments against other countries. (Courtesy of Jeff Mayweather)

mayweather: Either guy definitely has a chance of winning. At one point, I preferred Spence. And after going through everything he’s been through, I didn’t think he would ever get over it. I started favoring Crawford. Crawford showed me so much that I don’t know if the 100% Errol Spence could beat Crawford either. Now it’s kind of like you said, I like both guys, I’m just gonna sit back and keep my mouth shut, watch the fight and then act like I picked the winner (laughs) .

I think it’s a great fight. I think this is a fight that needs to happen for the sport of boxing. At this time, both of these guys have great abilities, and this fight should happen, and both guys should be rewarded generously.

Edited by Richard Pretorius and Matthew B. Hall

Milton S. Rodgers