Floyd Mayweather is mentoring Anthony Joshua before his big fight with the World Champion, Oleksandr Usyk, later this year. Mayweather is considered by many to be one of the greatest boxers of all time, a former five-weight world champion, and remains to this day undefeated, with a record of 49 wins to 0 losses. Mayweather has long had a friendship and mentorship with the natively British Anthony Joshua.
Joshua has previously visited the Mayweather Boxing Club as a guest of Mayweather. The pair have also been seen promoting events together in London as well as Mayweather being seen flying by private jet to see Joshua fight in 2020.
Mayweather still has major sway over the boxing world and its fighters – both as an icon that inspires younger fighters, as well as through his training gym and events promotions company, Mayweather Promotions
To many in the boxing world, Mayweather, now 44 years old, is perhaps more influential now to the fighters and their fans than he was at the height of his fighting career.
Joshua is one of Mayweather’s most valuable partners in the boxing world. In a story on Instagram, Joshua posted video clips that showed Mayweather standing in the background.
“The best to do it and always helping the next generation,” Joshua’s caption read. “Big respect, champ.”
Joshua rose to prominence in 2017 during a heavyweight bout up against Wladimir Klitschko. Joshua was knocked to the floor but rose from the canvas to deliver a knock-down blow to Klitschko, earning himself a fierce fandom.
For many, this was the moment that proved Joshua’s prowess as a fighter, but Mayweather had other thoughts. Mayweather said it was the “dog” inside him that helped Joshua deliver that career-defining blow and that he should get himself to Mayweather’s gym as soon as possible so that he could sharpen his defensive skills so he wouldn’t have to fight to stay off the canvas as much.