Deontay Wilder is saying no to Floyd Mayweather’s public offer to train him.
Mayweather made the pitch shortly after Wilder’s defeat earlier this year at the hands of Tyson Fury, telling the world he could improve Wilder’s game to the point he’d win the world title again. Since then, Wilder has sacked his former coach Mark Breland, who threw in the towel against Fury, and as such has an opening on his team to make changes.
Those changes won’t involve Mayweather, he said.
“My thing is, every fighter I’ve fought, Floyd has bet against me,’ Wilder said, speaking to 78 Sports TV. “It ain’t even for me to discuss. Even with Mark, I need [a trainer], Mark ain’t on the team no more. Nobody had anything good to say about my trainers before, but all of a sudden, you need him.
“All this time, and all of a sudden now? Why? I don’t need anybody. I’ve made it all this far. Why do I need to change up anything? Of course, we need to replace, and you’re going to see what it is. But nobody has reached out to me.”
Instead, Wilder is disregarding Mayweather’s words as an attempt to gain attention.
“It’s publicity. When I see people do that stuff, it’s for publicity. But to the offer, thank you, but no thank you. I don’t feel any love from that man. Their actions don’t show that. It’s fake love to me, but they know that themselves. They can’t look me in the eyes and tell me they care about me and want to see me do well.
“They can’t look me in the eyes and be sincere about that because I would feel them. They can’t do that because they know it’s not real. It’s not. It’s for publicity.”