Floyd Mayweather Rumors
He is enthralled by the success of others at the pinnacle of their sport. That’s why he’s close with boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. That’s why, in a summer filled with adventures, he ranks getting to meet Hall of Famer — and childhood idol — Allen Iverson as maybe his biggest thrill. Also, after they exchanged numbers at the Durant pitch in the Hamptons, Thomas now casually exchanges text messages with New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. “It’s crazy to see Tom Brady’s name on my phone. It doesn’t seem real. Just like playing for the Celtics and being that guy doesn’t seem real,” Thomas said. “Like meeting David Ortiz and him knowing who I am, all that stuff doesn’t seem real. I’m blessed, man.
We got the Celtics star out in NYC and asked him about his buddy Floyd — they hoop together — and how his game stacks up to NBA caliber competition. Thomas says, “He thinks he can play in the NBA … I wouldn’t put it past him.”
During a press conference Monday to preview next month’s Adrien Broner-Ashley Theophane fight — Mayweather’s promotional company handles Theophane, and Mayweather also has been a long-time mentor to Broner — the 49-0 fighter said he’d like to join the NBA owner’s club. “You guys know I like to bet on sports, but I’m looking forward to stepping back from betting in sports right now,” Mayweather said, via Boxing Scene. “I’m looking forward to probably getting into ownership of an NBA team.”
Mayweather made the claims while speaking at a pre-bout press conference for his fighter, Ashley Theophane, reported David P. Greisman of BoxingScene.com. First, he declared his intention to at least take a break from sports betting: “You guys know I like to bet on sports, but I’m looking forward to stepping back from betting in sports right now.” Mayweather also stated his new focus will be on events in the NBA: “I’m looking forward to probably getting into ownership of an NBA team.”
According to ESPN.com, Mayweather offered advice to Fredette from his seat. “He just kept telling me to shoot it,” Fredette said. “And I was like, ‘All right, I’ll shoot it.’” Knicks assistant Rasheed Hazzard watched the contest along with power forward Kyle O’Quinn. “It was good [Fredette] was in New Orleans to see where he’s at,’’ Westchester general manager Allan Houston told MSG Network. “We’ll continue to push him to improve. He’s still 26 and still young.’’