Floyd Mayweather Rumors
For Thomas, support came from all corners. The Celtics, Red Sox, Patriots, Utah Jazz, Seattle Seahawks, and Seattle Mariners all vouched for him. He also received support from celebrities such as boxer Floyd Mayweather, the rapper Chuck D, “Entourage” actor Jerry Ferrara, Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, Red Sox legend David Ortiz, and basketball Hall of Famer Allen Iverson, among others.
Isaiah Thomas went off for 38 points — and scored 20 of those in the fourth quarter — in the Celtics’ win over the Wizards on Wednesday night. And the guard’s buddy Floyd Mayweather was there to watch courtside. After the buzzer, Thomas chatted with Mayweather, and then took off his jersey and handed it to him … somewhat reluctantly.
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.”