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EXTRACT | Lovemore Ndou: How this South African became Floyd Mayweather’s sparring partner

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Lovemore Ndou's book 'Tough Love' cover (supplied)
Lovemore Ndou's book 'Tough Love' cover (supplied)

Three-time world champion Lovemore Ndou was first introduced to the world of boxing at the gym of a local copper mine outside current-day Musina. After he accepted an offer to box in Australia in the late 1990s, this Venda warrior began to make a name for himself internationally. In the extract below from his book Tough Love, Ndou describes the time he acted as the main sparring partner for Floyd Mayweather.  

I got up close and personal with Floyd "Money" Mayweather when I was invited into his inner sanctum by his business manager, Al Haymon, as a sparring partner after I'd won the IBF super lightweight title in 2007. In my view, Mayweather is the most gifted pound for pound fighter of his generation.

I spent close to four months working out daily with Mayweather in his Las Vegas lair, helping him prepare for his upcoming showdown against Ricky Hatton. Hanging out with Mayweather and his entourage of yes-men, hangers-on, hired-hands and bloated bodyguards was as much vaudeville as it was boxing.   

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