JUST like eight division world champion Manny Pacquiao, undefeated pound for pound No. 1 Floyd Mayweather Jr. has also undergone two random drug tests conducted by a medical technician from the United States Anti-Doping Agency.
Pacquiao was first tested while training at the Pan Pacific Park and then again at the Wild Card Gym in Los Angeles while Mayweather is believed to have been tested at his home and at his gym in Las Vegas.
Mayweather’s strength and conditioning coach Alex Ariza told BoxingMirror.com that Mayweather has been sparring for a couple of days now with former IBF world champion Demarcus “Chop Chop” Corley (42-22-1, 25 KO’s) and 37 year old Zab Judah, also a former IBF welterweight champion (43-9-2, 29KO’s).
Both southpaws, Judah and Corley fought and lost to Mayweather. While Corley may not have the fighting style of Pacquiao, he does have similar punching power and is coming off back-to-back wins against Dedrick Bell and veteran Daniel Attah.
Mayweather’s uncle Jeff Mayweather claimed Corley was robbed in his fight with Ruslan Provodnikov in 2011 although he lost a lopsided decision to Mayweather .
Jeff Mayweather believes that while Floyd has high quality sparring partners, he “needs to work more on conditioning more than his sparring.”
Ariza said Mayweather has a “lot of good sparring partners” with Mayweather himself indicating he had ten.
Ariza who was the strength and conditioning coach of Pacquiao when he had an amzing run of dominating victories over David Diaz, Oscar De La Hoya, Ricky “The Hitman” Hatton , Miguel Cotto and Antonio Margarito and is now working closely with Mayweather. He said Mayweather was “looking very good and despite being only the third week, he is smooth.”
Obviously Mayweather is pushing his team where he works for hours doing his boxing training in the gym in the afternoon and his running and strength and conditioning routine at night.
Ariza, whom we were lucky to catch on the phone at around 5:00 a.m. Manila Time on Thursday said Mayweather “never sits still. He has cut down on so much and is resting more but training harder and smarter.”
Pacquiao who had his first day of sparring on Tuesday went three rounds with Finland lightweight Edis Tatli who has a record of 24-1 with eight knockouts and three rounds with 21 year old unbeaten welterweight Kenneth Simms whose record if 5-0 with 2 knockouts and by all accounts looked good considering it was his first day of sparring.