From One to Champion to Another, Floyd Mayweather Jr. Visits Miami Heat

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This past Sunday, the infamous Floyd “Money” Mayweather paid a visit to the two-time defending NBA champion Miami Heat.

Mayweather has been a longtime fan of the Heat and has attended multiple games throughout his illustrious career. Much like the Heat, Mayweather has enjoyed his fair share of success as a boxer. Still undefeated at 45-0, Mayweather has won eight major championship belts in his decorated career.

He came to Miami Sunday to speak to players about remaining on top and overcoming the many obstacles that stand in the way of achieving greatness.

“He’s been defending for a long time,” Heat forward LeBron James said to ESPN. “He definitely knows where we’re coming from. It’s definitely exciting to have someone, one of the greatest of all time, to be in your presence.”

Obviously, James was in awe of the boxing world champion and it shows how even the best in the world can be star struck by another superstar.  Heat coach Erik Spoelstra, who is from the Phillipines like Mayweather’s rival Manny Pacquiao, welcomed Mayweather with open arms and allowed the visit from the boxing star, which was a surprise to many of the Heat players who are used to Spoelstra’s very regimented practices.

There’s no doubt that Mayweather’s presence in the Heat locker room was felt by everyone there, and it will be interesting to see if this team can do what only four teams in NBA history have had the ability to do and win three consecutive titles.


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