Spence: Mayweather Helped Me Prepare for Brook
Errol Spence Jr. has been pegged as one of the next bright stars of boxing, but he will have to live up to expectations on Saturday in his first pro title fight against Kell Brook. Spence, an early sparring partner of Floyd Mayweather, still looks back on Mayweather’s help as an important part of his career.
Talking to ESPN, Spence talked about how stepping into Mayweather’s gym taught him that he belonged among the true elites of boxing.
"I trained with Mayweather early on in my career after only three fights," Spence said. "It was a great experience for me, just watching him hitting the bag and watching how hard he trained and worked."
Along with Mayweather, Spence also sparred with highly-touted professionals like Adrien Broner and Lamont Peterson. The rumor that Spence got the best of Broner in the ring and even dropped him was later confirmed by Spence himself.
"I sparred with Floyd too, I did great work, it was tit for tat. I never imagined myself sparring with Floyd Mayweather that early on in my career. I’ve also sparred with Adrien Broner and Lamont Peterson, which were great experiences."
Mayweather, who has his own stable of fighters under the Mayweather Promotions banner, rarely gives props to a boxer that he does not have a financial stake in. But Spence proved himself to be a worthy training partner when he was a young kid, and the respect that earned him has stuck around all the way up to his first title shot.
"When I sparred Floyd, I earned his respect. Now he will call me on Facetime, he will text me to check up on me and see how I’m doing and stuff like that."