So maybe Floyd Mayweather Jr. isn’t such a bad guy after all. Mayweather took time out of his busy training schedule to Skype with US soldiers of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Task Force Duke at Forward Operating Base Salerno in Khowst Province, Afghanistan last Friday.
Mayweather, one of the most confident, if not cocky, fighters in the world, admitted he was humbled by the experience.
“When the troops asked me to Skype with them, I was honored to say yes," said Mayweather. "They are over there sacrificing everything for me, my family and our country's freedom.”
Mayweather (41-0) will put his unblemished record on the line against a young hard-throwing fighter in Victor Ortiz (29-2-2) on September 17 at the MGM Grand on HBO pay-per-view.
Aside from being awed by Mayweather’s boxing skills, some of the soldiers were interested in his training regimen and what it took for him to get in such great physical condition.
U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Terry Waddington, who plans to try out for the All-Army boxing team after redeployment, had an interesting question: "How many times a week do you recommend doing bag training?"
It all depends on how your body feels, you got to work according to how your body feels," Mayweather replied. "When I was beating these fighters early on in my career... I trained, but I didn't train as hard as I train now because, you know, on the plateau that I'm on I know everyone is gunning for me.”
Waddington also quizzed the five-time WBC champ about his running schedule.
"At least five times a week... sometimes I run outside, sometimes I run on the treadmill, and when I run on the treadmill, its only uphill," said Mayweather.
Mayweather made sure to take some time out of his interview to praise the soldiers for everything they've done for the country.
"You know, you guys are out there [fighting] in 120 degree weather so, if you guys can make [that] sacrifice, why can't Floyd Mayweather make a sacrifice?" he said.
He had even more good things to say about the US troops and even hinted at making a trip to Afghanistan to put on a show.
Said Mayweather: "God bless you, thank you for fighting for this country... the red, white and blue, there's nothing better than this country, America. You guys are great, I love you guys, thank you so much... from the bottom of my heart..."Hopefully after this fight, I can come over there and put on some exhibitions for you guys."