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#1 MoodMuzik

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Posted 06 October 2013 - 01:36 PM

Floyd Mayweather takes in Heat practice
TIM REYNOLDS (AP Basketball Writer) 1 hour ago AP - Sports


MIAMI (AP) -- At 5-foot-8, Floyd Mayweather Jr. physically looks up to everyone on the Miami Heat roster.

Figuratively, the roles were reversed Sunday.

Mayweather was a surprise guest at Heat practice Sunday morning, sitting courtside with team president Pat Riley, managing general partner Micky Arison and other members of the franchise's brain trust. It's rare for any outsider to get invited into Heat practice, though Mayweather's resume - unbeaten in 45 fights and generally considered the best fighter of his era - certainly earned him the ultra-VIP access.

''We're trying to defend two titles. He's been defending for a long time,'' Heat star LeBron James said. ''He definitely knows where we're coming from. It's exciting at the end of the day to have someone, one of the greatest of all-time, to be in the presence. It's something you can talk about years from now. ... We're honored and blessed to have him in the building.''

Mayweather, who left just as practice was ending, gave the Heat a brief speech, reminding the two-time defending NBA champions about the need for hard work and dedication.

He's been a courtside regular at Heat games for many years.

''From one champion to another, he just talked about him being proud of us, how we handled ourselves,'' Heat guard Dwyane Wade said. ''He knows as a champion how hard it is to go out there every night and compete, when someone can take you down and take what you work for. He just kept telling us how proud he is of us and that'd he'd be here to support, just as he was for many years.''

Boxing isn't foreign to the Heat. James and Wade have used it as a training and conditioning tool in the past, and Heat coach Erik Spoelstra - whose mother hails from the Philippines - is a longtime fan of that country's boxing superstar, Manny Pacquiao.

''Champs-to-champ respect, that's universal and pretty awesome,'' Spoelstra said. ''Our guys are obviously in awe of what he's been able to do for an extremely long period of time, 17 years being on top. That's almost too remarkable to even fathom.''

Mayweather left without talking to reporters. He posted a dominating win over Canelo Alvarez last month in the richest fight ever, one that generated nearly $150 million in revenue in TV sales alone and earned Mayweather a staggering $41.5 million payday.

Wade said being ''the baddest man in the world'' was enough criteria for Mayweather to get into practice.

''If you got up today and you were a little tired, you'd walk in and see the champ and work a little harder,'' Wade said. ''So that was cool. ... Not too many people come to Miami Heat practice. It was a shock seeing him sitting up here at practice. We haven't done that in my 11 years here too much.''


The Heat open the preseason at home Monday against Atlanta.


Go to the (game threads). You guys utter more anti Lebron and Wade stuff than I do


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Posted 06 October 2013 - 02:32 PM

Floyd Mayweather inspired the champs to stay focused, Hard work and dedication!!



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Posted 06 October 2013 - 02:50 PM

What's his advice? "Duck Indiana and Chicago"? We don't have that luxury.



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Posted 06 October 2013 - 03:47 PM

What's his advice? "Duck Indiana and Chicago"? We don't have that luxury.

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Posted 06 October 2013 - 03:51 PM

As much as I hate gayweather, I give credit to the guy for supporting our crew. Im just wondering if Spo was a bit uneasy to floyd since hes a real supporter to manny pacquiao.lmfao

A bit of the 2008 lighthearted Beasley came out when he joked that he couldn't bring himself to watch the Heat during any of their last three runs to the NBA Finals. "You know that's a lie," Beasley cracked before instantly shifting into a more somber, serious tone. "You get hungry. Especially when you see your old team get there three times in a row -- all three years you weren't here. You get mad. But you channel that anger. You put it into basketball. And that's what I'm looking forward to doing."

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Posted 06 October 2013 - 06:25 PM

Mayweather stopping in to get some championship advice from Spo & the gang
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Posted 06 October 2013 - 07:17 PM

Mayweather stopping in to get some championship advice from Spo & the gang


Spo advised him to fight manny pacquiao mano a mano.lmfao. Mayweather replied seriously!?! Spo answered back you mad!?!lmfao

A bit of the 2008 lighthearted Beasley came out when he joked that he couldn't bring himself to watch the Heat during any of their last three runs to the NBA Finals. "You know that's a lie," Beasley cracked before instantly shifting into a more somber, serious tone. "You get hungry. Especially when you see your old team get there three times in a row -- all three years you weren't here. You get mad. But you channel that anger. You put it into basketball. And that's what I'm looking forward to doing."

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Posted 06 October 2013 - 09:18 PM

What's his advice? "Duck Indiana and Chicago"? We don't have that luxury.


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Posted 07 October 2013 - 10:41 AM

I don't like Mayweather, I always go for the other guy in all of his fights, but he is a true champion and beats everybody he fights.

 

However, he can teach the Heat about confidence, defending a championship a long time and how to stay motivated and hungry and not get lazy and lose. He has been champ a long time and even if he did not fight pacman, he did fight many dangerous fighters and he never gets lazy(it only takes 1 punch in boxing and its over if you are lazy).






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