Former 5-division world champ Floyd Mayweather has floated this nugget out before. He says he’d be willing to take former heavyweight champ Deontay Wilder under his wing. He’d be willing to cram some nuance into the fist-flinging ex-titlist’s crude game. Wilder, after a seven-round thrashing at the hands of Tyson Fury in February, definitely needs some improvement if he’s going to stand much of a chance against Fury in the rematch, scheduled tentatively for early December.
“Deontay Wilder, he’s got bombs. That’s why he calls himself ‘The Bronze Bomber.’” Mayweather said in a recent interview on Shannon Sharpe’s Club Shay Shay video podcast.
“He’s got bombs, we can’t say that, but we can make his skills a lot better. But one shocking equalizer can end the fight.
“The only thing he needs is the fundamentals, and I can do the rest. Remember, I can’t walk people into punches because I’m a defensive wizard.
“I can help him [Wilder]. Deontay Wilder is with us anyway. He’s with Al Haymon anyway. I’m here to help fighters. So even fighters like Deontay Wilder, I’m here. All he’s got to do is know what he wants to do, and we can make it happen. I’m here to help fighters.”
But all of this, most likely, is just bragging for the sake of bragging. Mayweather HAS been known to do that, you know.
It’s October already and if the Fury bout happens in December as planned, it’ll leave little time to properly work on any fundamentals. That, of course, is if Wilder is even open to the idea or willing to put in the work to add more nuance to his game.
The former heavyweight champ was a late starter to the boxing game, starting as a young adult. He did manage to will his way to a bronze medal at the Olympics, but he was never a traditionally skilled fighter coming up. Although he has improved his skill set over the years as a pro, he’s still a fairly rough-around-the-edges fighter. At 34 years of age, it’s not likely that the old dog can add new tricks to his repertoire, anyway. Becoming a fundamentally different fighter at this late stage of a fighter’s career is absolutely not an easy thing to do. And, not to be demeaning to Wilder, “The Bronze Bomber” has never really shown a willingness to learn a more nuanced, skillful approach nor the aptitude to implement one.
So, all of this is most likely rubbish. It’s Mayweather being Mayweather, filling an hour-plus interview with whatever verbiage he can muster. In that same interview, by the way, he gave his thoughts on everything from race relations to another pass at trying to explain why he is “The Best Ever.”
As for Wilder, well, he’ll get another crack at Fury soon enough. His first fight with “The Gypsy King” ended in a controversial draw back in December of 2018. Their last bout in February was not the least bit controversial. It was a one-sided slaughter defeat. Adding a solid fundamental base to his heavy-handed game would be of benefit. It’s just that he can’t and he won’t be doing that, not even with Mayweather’s help.
Come rematch time, it’ll be Wilder’s heavy hands looking for a wild connect to Fury’s chin. That will always be his game plan in the sport. It’s who he is as a fighter and as a man.