Huge thanks to Mary Ann Owen
My opponent has 15 wins, with 13 of them by way of knock out. He has fought Carlos Molina who fights Adrien Broner on the same show as me. He has also fought WBA world lightweight champion, Richard Abril.
This will be my 42nd fight and every fight I have now is of the utmost importance. Any slip up will be detrimental to my mission. The close loss to Cano last September, cost me the fight I crave the most – the crack at the world championship.
I now want the big fights! The likes of former world champion, Julio Diaz, who fights Keith Thurman, former undisputed world welterweight champion, Zab Judah, Lamont Peterson, who recently defended his IBF world championship title against Dierry Jean, Humberto Soto, who is world number three, former world champion, Kendall Holt, and Amir Khan, who is fighting on the same show as me – these are all fighters that I’d fight at the drop of a hat.
To be the best you have to fight the best. They are some of the best of my era. I’m proud of the fact that I’ve trained so hard that some of my idols as an amateur, are now my rivals as a professional.
Less than two weeks until show time.
It’s always a pleasure training alongside Floyd. Every move and every feint has greatness written all over it. An incredible fighter who’s name will go down with the very best, and he will be remembered as the legendary fighter of this generation.
I always try and advise the younger fighters in Mayweather Promotions. I worked ten hard years without a promoter, going it on my own, fighting all over the world. Saint Lucia, Luxembourg, England and America are some of the places I was successful travelling to and doing battle. I had to earn respect the hard way, always trying to make a living. Losing very close fights that many feel and believe I won.
Now I’m being promoted by such a great fighter, that it raises the level of expectation. This is an opportunity that many fighters would do anything to have.
You just have to give your all. That’s what Floyd wants and that’s something I’ve always done. It’s the only way I know. I’m not great. I’m not legendary, but I’m trying to be the greatest I can be. Be a legend to those kids who also have dreams and maybe also wanted to quit many times before but for some reason refused to. That’s me.
Against all odds I believe in myself, and after ten years of being alone in this boxing world, Floyd Mayweather and Leonard Ellerbe decided to help me be the fighter I want to be, and maybe achieve those crazy dreams I once had as a kid.
This week The Money Team had an appreciation dinner party for Floyd, just to say thank you and let him know he is appreciated.
I’ve known Floyd for two years now, and he has shown me love from the very first time we met. He asked me about my career and what I had achieved. He told me he’d help me get the fights I want, and he’s delivered. Even before I was signed to him, he saw me walking the mile back to my apartment. He stopped his Lamborghini and asked me where I was going and dropped me home.
For my first fight with him, he let me open up his PPV telecast for the highest grossing fight ever in the history of boxing, and paid me the most I’d ever been paid in my career. He told me if there’s anything I need just ask him. I’ve got nothing but love and respect for Floyd as he’s been good to me from the start.
I’m just one of many that he has helped. He truly is rich at heart.
Floyd has made me The Money Team’s UK representative and it’s a role I hold with great honour.
Achieving your goals is always a matter of time, and Floyd and Leonard have now made this for me a matter of opportunity, and I’m eternally grateful.
Cornelius Boza Edwards is being inducted into the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame this summer, on Friday, The Money Team attended the inductee party which announces the boxing legends that are about to be inducted.
Floyd Mayweather, Roy Jones Junior, Evander Holyfield, Mike McCallum, Kevin Kelly, Shane Mosley and Zab Judah where just some of the world championship fighters to attend the event.
Boza thoroughly enjoyed the night. Floyd took to the stage and spoke to everyone in attendance about how much he values and respects Boza. That was a nice touch. A former world and European champion; Boza fought over 20 times in London, making his debut there. We have even fought at the same venues. He is appreciated more in America than in the UK. A special man!
Over the weekend I completed two photo-shoots at the Mayweather Boxing Club. One was for Mayweather Promotions and the other was for a photographer who had flown in from Los Angeles. I’m looking forward to seeing the end product.
The weather is getting closer to 100 degrees. The sparring is intensifying. The body is getting close to peak form. The mind is focused on the task at hand.
The weeks are flying by. Fight week will be here in no time.
I’ve fought some of the best fighters of my generation; two time world title challengers Delvin Rodriguez and Pablo Cesar Cano, world champion, Danny Garcia, and former world champion, DeMarcus Corley. I’ve been IBO International and British champion. I’ve beaten British, Commonwealth and African champions. I love the big fights. The big occasions.
May 3rd at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas is another big occasion. The Superbowl of boxing.
R’n’B star Lloyd, Hollywood director John Singleton and Hip hop legend Doug E. Fresh, all popped into the Mayweather Boxing Club to watch Floyd workout this week. Doug even commented it was “like going to watch a superman movie”. NFL and NBA players often come into the gym and they are always mesmerized by the work Floyd puts in. I love it! I get to watch ‘greatness’ day in, day out. The best of boxing is my boss.
Working with Floyd and Leonard is a pleasure and something I am grateful for. From the first day I walked into the gym, they made me feel at home.
I represent Mayweather Promotions, but I also represent the United Kingdom across the world. DAMN! Life is good.
The stage is set at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, with just four weeks to go until the biggest boxing event of the year happens.
Floyd Mayweather vs Marcos Maidana, Amir Khan vs Lou Collazo, Adrien Broner vs Carlos Molina, JLeon Love vs Periban and of course, yours truly. It will be the biggest and ‘baddest’ show on the planet this year by far.
Another hard week’s training completed. The ‘Doghouse’, (which is what the Mayweather Boxing Club is known as) is full of talented fighters. Sparring is always intense and can lead to much soul searching! If you can’t improve and up your game among such talented fighters, you are in the wrong profession.
The Money Team have been in training camp for five weeks now. The pounds are dropping off as we train hard in the unforgiving Las Vegas heat. All our fitness levels are increasing in these high altitude conditions.
This city is well known for being full of sin, but it is also full of dreams. I’m living my dream, and whilst being out here, the dream has gotten bigger. The pressure has become seriously intense, but I really believe in my dream. I believe in myself. The doubters come towards you, especially when big dreams are close to becoming reality, but proving people wrong and transforming non-believers into believers, is what I have come to do best.
I give my all and I lay it all on the line, as Mike Tyson famously said “Destroy or be destroyed” and Marvin Hagler stated “Destruct and destroy”. You can’t play at boxing. We are Spartans, barbarians, gladiators, warriors – all rolled into one. We risk our lives for glory and monetary gain. Many ask is it really worth it? I definitely believe so!
This week I completed my physical, blood work and eye test for my Nevada State Athletic commission license. I passed with flying colours!
So much goes into preparing for a fight and making the big fights happen. Boxing fans and boxing writers will never truly know how it all comes together. Being part of the world’s number one boxer’s team, I am privileged and blessed with the added knowledge and thinking of Floyd Mayweather. He generously shares how he breaks down the business, and how we as fighters can achieve the highest heights in and outside of the boxing ring. Thank you Floyd!
Floyd wants us to be the greatest that we can all be. Being the British representative in Mayweather Promotions; it is an honour and a privilege to represent The Money Team and Great Britain on the biggest stage in the world. I’m benefitting from being backed by a powerful and supportive team.
The stakes are high but hey, we are in Las Vegas. It’s the gambler’s paradise; so it’s all about rolling the dice and taking the chances as they appear.
Let the games begin!
I was born ready for these great days.