Errol Spence has recounted a story of how he earned the respect of Floyd Mayweather during one of their sparring sessions.
Famous for gruelling no limit rounds, gym wars and the “dog house rules,” Mayweather hosted Spence when the now unified world champion was in the earlier days of his professional career.
And a recent clip shows Spence telling how he took exception to some trash talk from Mayeather, and went on to earn his respect in the ring as a result.
“We went like 5-7 minutes, one round and we were going at it. So I get out the ring and he looks out the ring and and says, “You alright, for a b****!” And I didn’t hear him at first! So I said, “What?” and he says, “You alright, for a b****.
Then I said, “Man, you got me messed up. Put your s*** back on, matter of fact – turn off the clock! We can go until somebody drop.
Then we got in there and sparred for like 8 or 9 minutes before he was like, “Alright, that’s enough.” But I think I earned his respect at that time. He was like, alright this kid ain’t no pushover, he don’t care who I am.
Cause everyone in the gym was telling me that’s just Floyd and how he talks. But he’s not about to talk to me like that.”
Floyd Mayweather Called Errol Spence A "B***h" pic.twitter.com/po5YwDz0fu
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Spence will need all that grit and more on July 29th, when he takes on long time rival Terence Crawford at the T-Mobile Arena for the undisputed welterweight title of the world.
The two have long been regarded as the best 147lbers in the world, and the winner at the end of this month will be one of the biggest names in the sport.