The Hidden Burden: Mike Tyson’s Candid Words on Why He Shies Away from the Role of a Trainer


The Baddest Man on the Planet recently explained why he thinks Floyd Mayweather has the potential to go on and become a brilliant trainer as well as fighter.

But Tyson, 53, is less ebullient about his own chances – owing to the responsibility that comes with it.

He told TMZ: “Training is a very different animal. Fighting is nothing compared to training.

“When you got somebody else that you have to worry about, you have to worry… you have to throw in the towel.

“He might get hurt. He might lose his life. He’s going in with a real dangerous guy… it takes a special guy [to be able to cope with that].


“He has to be a psychiatrist. He has to be a mother. He has to be a father. He has to wear so many hats for that particular job.

“Not because you’re a successful fighter, or the cream of the crop fighter – you’re not able to do that.

“This is a special animal, to do this training and be successful at it.”

Mayweather, 43, hung up his gloves an undefeated champion three years ago having won all 50 of his fights.

And Iron Mike – who says that in his prime he would have beaten Tyson Fury AND Anthony Joshua – believes Money can be that rare breed of outstanding fighter and trainer.

He said of Mayweather: “Mostly, the guy that’s the great trainer is not the great fighter and that’s why he becomes the great trainer.



“I give Floyd a good chance because Floyd’s a gym rat, that’s all he does.

“You see him in the club for one week but he’s in the gym every day for 25 years.

“Even when he goes out and party, he’s back in the gym the next day. He does it in his sleep, this is what he does.”

Following the death of Roger, Mayweather posted a video taking his 14-year-old nephew Chris on the pads, which came days after giving his son Koraun a masterclass at the Mayweather Boxing Club in Las Vegas.

And he vowed to turn upcoming fighters into legends with the comment: “Due to the recent passing of my Uncle Roger, I’ve felt inspired to help those around me the same way they have been there for me throughout my boxing career.


“In a time where we must distance ourselves from others, it has allowed me to reflect on how I want to make a difference in people lives and help them achieve their goals.

“A true trainer wants the best out of their fighter and pushes them to the best of their abilities. I am new to helping people train as I’ve always been on the other side of the mitts.”


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