Floyd Mayweather backing the New England Patriots mid-fight when sharing the ring with an opponent remains must watch.
Mayweather is known as an entertainer and a showman, but the former pound-for-pound king took things to the next level in 2005.
Floyd Mayweather vs Henry Bruseles
Mayweather was in cruise control through the mid-rounds as he appeared on HBO in a world title eliminator with Henry Bruseles from Miami.
With scores of 70-62, 70-63, and 69-64 already in the bank, Mayweather enjoyed being in there by the seventh.
Listening to the goings-on at ringside in the 21,000-capacity American Airlines Arena, the American could hear what the HBO commentary team was discussing.
Jim Lampley and ex-world champion Roy Jones Jr. had a short conversation about the National Football League, which Floyd couldn’t help but overhear.
Just 24 hours later, the New England Patriots were due to head to Pittsburgh to face the Steelers in The Playoffs. The winners would book their place at Super Bowl XXXIX.
Lampley asked Jones if “he liked the Steelers or the Patriots.” Jones answered, “he liked the Patriots. But he’d been a Steelers fan for a long time.”
As he answered, Mayweather, cut in by leaning over away from Bruseles to air his view himself. Mayweather, a keen gambler, shouted, “The Patriots.”
Chuckling to themselves, Lampley and Jones couldn’t believe what they heard.
“Floyd tells us, incidentally – I asked you the question. But Floyd looks here and says ‘The Patriots,'” – pointed out the long-time analyst.
As it turned out, Mayweather was right. The Patriots toppled The Steelers by 41 to 27 in front of 65,000 at Heinz Field.
Super Bowl XXXIX
As usual, Quarterback Tom Brady inspired New England to victory. Two weeks later, Brady and The Patriots claimed the Super Bowl triumph.
The Philadelphia Eagles were beaten 24-21 at TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville, Florida.
As for Mayweather, he dropped Bruseles twice in the next round. Floyd finished the job at the end of the eighth session.
Looking back, it was yet another small indication of the attraction, power, and showmanship Floyd Mayweather brought to the table.
Two years later, Mayweather defeated Oscar De La Hoya to become the sport’s king of Pay Per View. The rest is in the history books.
Furthermore, fast forward over a decade, and Mayweather remains relevant. He keeps fighting YouTubers and kickboxers at the age of 45.
That star never seems to fade.