Our first Fan Connection of the new year dives deep into the top news, hottest trends, and sporting events of the quarter! Check out our Stay in the Know section all things Mayweather Promotions; including another accolade for TBE. Get to know more about our fighters through our exclusive interviews. Explore the Fan Feature section that shines a light on some really great fans, and read about our feature staff Kenyatta Winbush’s take on joining the Mayweather Promotions’ team. We guarantee there’s something for everyone in this newsletter. Share it with your family and friends, and don’t forget to visit our online shops for the latest Mayweather Sports and TMT apparel!
STAY IN THE KNOW
Welcome 2021! As we enter a new year, we look to set new goals, reach new heights, create many more successes, and continue the growth within the Mayweather Promotions stable. Read on as we highlight former WBO Bantamweight champion, Angelo Leo, and his amazing recent recognition in his hometown of Albuquerque, New Mexico. The World Boxing Council (WBC) has recently honored Floyd Mayweather’s stellar career by placing his image on the iconic green and gold WBC championship belt. Read on to learn more about these distinguished successes!
Floyd Mayweather on Green and Gold for Eternity!
The World Boxing Council is honoring the stellar career of Floyd Mayweather by placing his picture on each of its famed Green and Gold Belts.
Throughout his exceptional two decades in the pro ranks, which included 50 bouts having gone undefeated (27 knockouts), and winning WBC World Championships in 5 divisions: Super Featherweight, Lightweight, Super lightweight, Welterweight and Super welterweight, Floyd has been a constantly loyal as well as a brilliantly successful WBC fighter. For him Green and Gold has always come first and foremost.
“I’m honored to have the WBC include my likeness on their Green and Gold belts for eternity,” said Mayweather. “I remember the first time I won a WBC belt and saw the photos of the great champions on there and always wanted to be there too. It really is a dream come true for me to be alongside the great Ali, and WBC founder Don Jose, and to be recognized by them for my contributions to the organization and the sport. I am beyond grateful to receive this honor.”
To learn more details on Floyd Mayweather being added to the WBC Green & Gold belt click HERE.
Mayweather Promotions Signs Promising Top Prospects David Lopez and Micky Scala
Two more top prospects, debuting fighter David Lopez and unbeaten junior middleweight Micky Scala, have been added to the ever-growing Mayweather Promotion’s roster!
17-year-old boxing prodigy and Oakland, CA native “Dynamite” David Lopez started boxing at the age of 5. Lopez descended from a bloodline of fighters; his great-grandfather fought professionally in the Philippines in the 1920s, his father Kris was a former two-time Golden Gloves champion who competed briefly as a pro, and his older brother Daniel was also an accomplished amateur. Hand speed, balance, and poise were evident early on. Recognizing his natural abilities, Kris encouraged his son to give boxing a try and Lopez stuck with it. As he began fighting his way through the amateurs, Lopez competed against the best in his division, quickly propelling himself to the top of the national rankings, becoming the number one fighter in the U.S. within his division for two consecutive years (2015, 2016). After hitting the glass ceiling of amateur competition, Lopez stepped away from the sport for a few years to give football a try. Although he was a talented football player, the sport was no match for his passion and first love, boxing. Four years later, Lopez found his way home. Lopez ended his amateur career with a record of 34-4, and decided to turn his attention to the preparation needed for competition at the professional level. The shift in focus has involved more intense training, strength and conditioning, and sparring with current and former world champions and contenders including Andre Ward, Ryan Garcia, Aaron Coley, Stan Martyniouk, and Karim Mayfield. Under the tutelage of his father and trainer Kris, Lopez is committed to becoming one of the greatest fighters of all time. Stay updated on Lopez: Instagram/Twitter @dynamitelopez_ To learn more about Lopez you can also visit his website: www.dynamitelopez.com
Micky Scala is an 18-year-old fighter from Mesa, Arizona who holds a current record of (2-0, 1 KO). He made his professional debut on July 26, 2019 in Tijuana, Mexico where he defeated his opponent, Carlos Alfredo Ruiz Vega, by unanimous decision. Scala made his debut under the Mayweather Promotions banner on February 28, 2020 where he defeated Nathaniel Morrow by a third round TKO victory. Scala is the youngest fighter to be signed by Floyd Mayweather at the age of 17. This was the rising prospect’s last bout before the COVID pandemic struck. Scala continued to stay active in the gym, until he they closed it down. Since then, he has now equipped his home with punching bags and also does strength and condition and boxing training at night. He’s been working harder than ever before and remains fully focused on improving his craft. In May 2020 Scala graduated at the top of his high school holding a GPA of 4.8. He has now entered his first semester of college where he is studying psychology and counseling. Scala looks to carry his strong Italian heritage and to become one of the next Italian greatest fighter legacies. Be sure to follow this rising prospect’s journey on Instagram/Twitter: @MickyScala. To learn more about Micky Scala visit: www.mickyscala.com.
Highly Decorated Amateur Signs Promotional Pact With Mayweather Promotions!
Amateur standout Jalil Hackett is the latest to join the promising stable of talent at Mayweather Promotions. Hackett of southeast Washington, DC began boxing to stay active during the football off season. At the time, his dad was an avid boxing fan who would take him to the boxing gym, which propelled Hackett’s interest in the sport. When Hackett turned 8 years old, he signed up for his first amateur competition which led him down an endless road of opportunities, including a spot on USA Boxing’s Junior Olympic team. In an amateur career that spanned 9 years, Hackett competed in 168 bouts with 149 wins, while also winning a multitude of national championship tournaments to include: Silver Gloves National Championship, Eastern and Western Elite Qualifier and Regional Open Championships, and Jr. Olympics National Championships twice. Although he has yet to make his pro debut, he’s been preparing for the extraordinary moment since 2019 and is excited to soon kickstart his professional career. You don’t want to miss Jalil Hackett take the leap from amateur to pro; follow him on Instagram and Twitter at: @jalil_hackett.
Amateur Standout Dorian Khan Jr. Inks Deal With Mayweather Promotions!
Accomplished amateur Dorian Khan Jr. has signed on to become the latest promising young fighter to join Mayweather Promotions’ talented roster. Born and raised in Buckeye, Arizona Dorian Khan Jr. laced up his first pair of gloves as a toddler. A gift from his late grandmother for his second birthday, the gloves spearheaded his passion for the sweet science. Within a few years’ time, Khan Jr. was determined to spend countless hours in the gym and at home learning the art of boxing and developing his skillset with his father, Dorian Sr. Khan Jr. began his amateur career as an 8-year old pee wee and amassed a record of 135-13 over the years. Khan Jr. was the number two ranked youth male at 123lbs and captured thirteen national championships including back-to-back Silver Golden Gloves National Championships. Khan Jr. recently relocated to Las Vegas to hone in on his craft ahead of his impending professional debut. Follow Dorian Khan Jr. on Instagram at: @livinglavishj as he looks to make a name for himself in the pros.
Angelo Leo’s Hometown Recognizes Him With His Own Day
WBO Junior Featherweight World Champion, Angelo Leo became the first world champion from his hometown of Albuquerque, New Mexico, since the legendary three-division champion Johnny Tapia when he defeated Tramaine Williams by unanimous decision in August of last year.
“I spent 16 years training for the moment to become a champion, and here I am.”
The Council of the City of Albuquerque, the city council and the mayor’s office issued a decree on Wednesday, January 20th, declaring it Angelo Leo Day. The only Albuquerque fighters to ever have a day named in their honor are UFC mixed martial artists Holly Holm, and Carlos Condit. The presentation took place during the council’s weekly meeting and took place over Zoom on Wednesday, January 20th.
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Mayweather Promotions Signs Former Middleweight Contender Luis Arias!
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Mayweather Promotions is excited to announce the re-signing of Luis “Cuba” Arias to a roster full of budding prospects, talented contenders, and world champions. Arias is 18-2-1 with nine knockouts and is looking forward to making his return to the square circle having last fought in August of 2019.
Luis Arias is a nine-year pro who began boxing at age eight. As an amateur, Arias’ career involved winning many national titles including two-time US National Champion, National PAL Champion, and the Under-19 National Champion while boasting an amateur record of 140-25. In the amateur ranks, Arias defeated current top contender Jesse Hart and former world champions Shawn Porter and Marcus Browne.
In November 2012, Luis Arias experienced his first taste of victory as a professional, with a unanimous decision win that activated a 17-fight win streak. Since his last fight, Arias has fine-tuned his craft serving as a sparring partner for Gervonta Davis and Demetrius Andrade while also staying sharp and ready for what lies ahead.
Arias, now 30, trains out of Las Vegas and aims to make a name for himself as the top contender in one of boxing’s most prominent divisions at junior middleweight. To learn more about Arias’ quest for greatness and aim for a world title opportunity, follow him on Instagram and Twitter at @luiscubaarias.
UPCOMING EVENTS/SPORTING EVENTS/RECAPS
As we enter our 2021 sports season we look forward to an action-packed year for the NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, MLS, and golf. We’ve got the most recent sports news and recapped the Mayweather Promotions events that you may have missed out on. Read below to catch up!
UPCOMING MAYWEATHER PROMOTIONS EVENTS:
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EVENTS YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED:
RICHARDSON HITCHINS VS. ARGENIS MENDEZ
December 12, 2020
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In the co-main event, talented up-and-coming super lightweight prospect Richardson Hitchins (12-0, 5 KOs) remained unbeaten, scoring a split-decision victory over former world champion Argenis Mendez (25-6-3, 12 KOs). Two judges scored the 10-round contest 98-92 and 99-91 in favor of Hitchins, while one judge scored it 97-93 in Mendez’s favor.
The Brooklyn, N.Y. native Hitchins, who represented his parents’ home country of Haiti in the 2016 Olympics, used his superb jab to counteract Mendez’s power punches. The 23-year-old Hitchins landed 57 of his 198 jabs thrown compared to Mendez’s 12 of 90. Mendez landed 80 of his 256 power punches, including 44 shots to the body, compared to Hitchins’ 60 power punches landed out of 135 thrown. Mendez came on late in the fight and was more active over the second half of the bout but was unable to overcome Hitchins’ jab.
“Now I have my first world champion under my belt just 12 fights in. It’s a tremendous honor. I haven’t been boxing as long as he’s been professional. I’m proud of myself.”
- Richardson Hitchins
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ANGELO LEO VS. STEPHEN FULTON JR.
January 23, 2021
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In the long-awaited battle between unbeaten junior featherweights, Stephen “Cool Boy” Fulton Jr., captured his first world title via unanimous decision over Angelo Leo in the main event of 2021’s inaugural SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING telecast, live on SHOWTIME from Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn., in a Premier Boxing Champions event.
Fulton (19-0, 8 KOs) turned in a masterful performance as he bested Albuquerque, New Mexico’s unbeaten world champion Leo (20-1, 9 KOs) to end Philadelphia’s world title drought. With his win over Leo, the 26-year-old Fulton has now toppled eight undefeated fighters in his young professional career. The ringside judges scored the fight 119-109, 119-109 and 118-110.
An accidental clash of heads in the opening round opened a cut over the left eye of Leo but it ultimately did not play much of a role in the fight. The two fighters combined to throw 1,993 punches throughout the back-and-forth 12-round fight which was fought largely at close range in the middle of the ring. Fulton threw 913 power punches which ranks third all time in the junior featherweight division’s rich history.
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TOP NFL NEWS
NFL ENTERING OFFSEASON
The offseason is right around the corner which means that it gives teams every opportunity to grow and get better. The NFL Nation reporters identify the areas and needs for each team as the NFL enters the offseason.
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WHAT IS NEXT FOR DREW BREES AND FUTURE OF SAINTS?
As the New Orleans Saints are now out of the playoffs, having been eliminated by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, their offseason will be interesting with a salary cap, free agents to re-sign, and now the question of whether quarterback, Drew Brees, will return for another season. ESPN NFL experts weighed in on the Saints’ quarterback future and how they could potentially approach the free agency coming up.
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TOP MLB NEWS
BASEBALL’S TOP RIGHT-HANDED PITCHER PROSPECTS
It is projected that seven of the new Top 10 pitchers should establish themselves in the big leagues or make their debuts this year. Six of last year’s top right-handed pitchers got to pitch in the big leagues, but only one, Dustin May of the Dodgers, graduated off the prospect list. Find out what pitchers made the Top 10 list.
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MLB SPRING TRAINING
Spring training is set to begin on Thursday, April 1st and the way the season will playout, may still be up in the air, even with it being this late into the offseason. Here are four important aspects of the 2021 season.
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TOP NBA NEWS
NBA POWER RANKINGS
Where do the Brooklyn Nets stand now with the James Harden trade? How will Harden, Durant, and Irving share the court? The league’s newest big three has had Brooklyn on the rise, but don’t forget about the Los Angeles Lakers who won’t back down from their No.1 ranking spot!
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THREE DIFFERENT PATHS OF THREE TOP DEFENSES
It’s no surprise that Lebron James and Anthony Davis are both ranked in the top five among active players in career points per game. Beside this fact, this is not the main reason they are the defending champions and the best team in the league. James credits that they are “…a defensive team. We want to be that – we want to be the best defensive team in the league.”
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TOP NHL NEWS
NHL POWER RANKINGS
These power rankings highlighted the first week of the NHL season. Take a look at some of the early results and see where each team is sitting on the list after one week into the season.
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MCQUAID RETIRES FROM NHL
34-year-old Adam McQuaid has retired from the NHL after 10 seasons with the Colombus Blue Jackets, New York Rangers, and Boston Bruins.
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TOP MLS NEWS
FIVE TEAMS SET TO JUMP IN 2021
Here are the predictions on teams that can make a comeback this year.
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TOP GOLF NEWS
WORLD GOLF RANKING FEATURED FIVE PLAYERS UNDER 24
For the first time ever, five players age 23 or younger have been featured on the inside of the top 25 of the world rankings. 23-year-old Morikawa is leading the group and is World No.4 behind Dustin Johnson, Jon Rahm, and Justin Thomas.
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PGA TOUR IN HAWAII RESULTS
The tournament PGA Tour stop in Hawaii included the Tournament of the Champions in Kapalua and the Sony Open at Waialae Country Club. Joaquin Niemann is now ranked No. 25 at the age of 22.
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EMERGENCE & RE-EMERGENCE OF BLACK DESIGNERS
Last year put a spotlight on the rising talent amongst African American, especially black designers. From newer brands like, Telfar who sold out of their highly sought-after bags within minutes, to existing brands LA brands like Supervsn and Carrots. The world is finally taking notice and driving up sales for these new players in the game and creators are starting to feel like they’re gaining the visibility that they have worked so hard to achieve.
2020 leaned on nostalgia as the world shut down and continues to have a strong presence in the new year. Brands that were hot in the late 90’s and early 2000’s like FUBU, Karl Kani, and Baby Phat have all been reintroduced to fashion and we’re all here for it.
Kimora Lee Simmons announced Baby Phat’s return in a press release saying, “Baby Phat gave a lot of women – especially women of color – a voice and freedom of expression. Now my girls are grown, and we have the chance to celebrate the Baby Phat lifestyle with not only nostalgic Gen Xers, but millennials, xennials and centennials that weren’t even born the first time around. Now they get to be a part of that legacy,”.
Bold monogram patterns, bright colors, and eye-popping patterns are taking over as the temps drop. NBA Players have been influencing fashion for the last few years and designers are taking note making them lead ambassadors for their latest drops. Versace, Louis Vuitton, Balenciaga, and Christian Dior to name a few have all contributed to this latest fashion frenzy.
Fashion is meant to be used as on outlet to express yourself, so it’s no wonder these bold statements are catching on. We can expect to see more statement pieces like this as we head into Spring/Summer. For a less expensive alternative, check out re-sale websites like GOAT, or brands like Stussy as worn below by Edmond Sumner in the first photo.
THE MONEY TEAM TRAINING ESSENTIALS & FIELD PASS COLLECTION
It’s that time of year again where we convince ourselves that it’s time to stick to a new year resolution, and that resolution usually includes weight loss. If you’re just starting out a new workout plan or continue to crush your goals, The Money Team training essentials are here for you. Shop both men, women, and kids apparel. Our latest collection, The Field Pass, was made so you can represent your team in style no matter the sport. Browse through our selection of cities and find your favorite just in time for NFL Super Bowl and NBA season.
February is a major month at Mayweather Promotions, it’s the month the GOAT Floyd Mayweather was born, February 24th to be exact, so all month we’re bringing exclusive offers to fans around the globe. Here’s what you can look forward to:
- To celebrate The Champ’s career, we’ve customized a very special package for fans. Throughout February fans can enjoy the newly introduced, “TBE Box”…Everything TBE in one package for only $50. Each box will include a TBE hat, TBE shirt, and TBE socks.
- All orders 2/1-2/15 of $75+ (before tax & shipping) will also receive a complimentary pair of TMT socks and TMT wristband (offer exclusive to TMT app purchases)
- On February 24th every order $50+ (before tax & shipping) will receive a complimentary 50-0 hat
Be sure to download our TMT App for exclusive promos and to be the first to shop our newest drops before the public, available in Apple App Store & Google Play Store.
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The Mayweather Sports re-stock is here! We’ve restocked our best-selling athleisure apparel that can be dressed up or down, available exclusively at Mayweather Promotions. Floyd is pictured in our Mayweather Sports Script Snapback hat; this hat and our third collection are available for both men & women.
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FEATURED FIGHTER: VIDDAL RILEY
UK born, Viddal Riley, knew since growing up that he had dreams of making it big. He was introduced to the sweet science at the age of 6 by his father, Derrick Riley, and went on to perfect his craft dominating the amateurs and collecting numerous titles over the course of ten years. Garnering as much success as he did as an amateur, Riley turned professional in 2018 and currently holds an undefeated record. We caught up with Riley to dig deeper on his upbringing, introduction to boxing, what he does during his time away from the ring, and what he foresees in his career in boxing.
Tell us a little about your upbringing in the United Kingdom and when you were first introduced to the sweet science?
In contrast to many people’s beliefs, I come from very humble beginnings and did not grow up in the best area of the United Kingdom. It is easy to assume the UK is this great “happy place” and “everybody drinks tea with the queen”, but that was far from my reality.
My father introduced me to the sweet science of boxing at the tender age of 2. I practiced the sport at home for about 4 years before going to the boxing gym at 6 years old to begin my deeper journey into the sweet science.
You had a highly successful amateur career, who do you owe your amateur career success to and how did you stay focused?
I owe my amateur successes to multiple individuals alongside the way of my career. The main influence and thank you goes to my father, but my mother also played a large role. Team GB and Team England allowed me to travel the world and compete against of some of the best athletes in the world so I can’t forget them. My special thank you goes to West Ham boxing club for sticking by me through thick and thin and believing in me when many would have given up on my talent.
What does a typical training day look like for Viddal Riley?
A typical day of training would consist of however my body is feeling that particular day. It is good to have a schedule, but you may not know how you will feel the next day. No matter what I do, yoga and of course practicing the science of boxing, are automatic and mandatory in my training.
How have you been keeping yourself busy and fight ready during this pandemic?
During the pandemic I unfortunately suffered an injury that has required intense rehab, so that has kept me busy during this time. I am making excellent progress and wish and hope to return to the ring very soon.
How do you balance your YouTube career with being a professional boxer?
It can become difficult especially during camp because you become more irritated and impatient to sit down and record, but it instills discipline. Doing things when you want to can mean it is usually too late and I live by this in all aspects of my life.
If you could name one fight (past or present) or fighter (current or retired) that has inspired you, what fight, or fighter would you choose?
I would have to say I am inspired by Holyfield vs. Bowe 1. I enjoyed watching Holyfield, who is the same weight as me, tackle a bigger fighter with heart and desire. I can see myself doing that one day, so it does bring a smile to my face.
What has been the best advice that you have received thus far in your career, and who was this advice received from?
The best advice I have received would be to ‘Take Your Time’ and not rush anything. Too many people wish to rush success and come unstuck at the highest level. I know that nothing great or worth having is rushed so I am happy to take my time and plot all the way to the top.
Other than boxing and YouTube, what are some other passions that you have?
Music is my number 1 passion outside of boxing and YouTube. I find that art and creativity as another way to express myself and connect with an audience as fulfilling.
You currently hold an undefeated record of 4-0, 2KOs, what are three things you will do to ensure you keep your record intact as you progress through your career?
- I will continue to perfect my own style and craft and approach to the sport.
- Work on my weaknesses.
- Be willing to fight until mercy is the only feasible option for my opponent.
As a rising prospect in the Cruiserweight division, what goals have you set for yourself?
I have set the goal to become a respected world champion who can be looked at universally as one of the best Cruiserweights from Britain ever. David Haye is a big inspiration for me so if can replicate his next steps and exceed it, I’ll be happy.
FEATURED STAFF MEMBER: KENYATTA WINBUSH
Sometimes the best part about working at Mayweather Promotions (MP) isn’t working the biggest boxing events in history, but the ability to make an impact at the community level. Meet our Administrative Assistant and Travel Coordinator, Kenyatta Winbush, who’s primary focus outside of her routine tasks is spearheading our volunteer efforts through The Floyd Mayweather Jr. Foundation (TFMJF). Read further to learn what makes Kenyatta proud to be part of the MP team, how she handles working at a fast-paced sports and entertainment company, and what keeps her upbeat during a global pandemic.
Q: What is your role at Mayweather Promotions? How did you get started and how long have you been with the company?
My day-to-day role at Mayweather Promotions as an Administrative Assistant involves supporting the VP of Marketing and Operations to complete necessary administrative duties, but I am also the Travel Coordinator. My responsibilities as a Travel Coordinator include booking flight reservations for fighters and their camps, preparing hotels and ensuring reservations are accurate, organizing ground transportation during fight week, and communicating with each fighter and their camp as needed regarding updates or changes. I am also actively involved with the preparation and execution of community events hosted by The Floyd Mayweather Jr. Foundation. I began working for the MP in 2018, and I am so grateful for the opportunity.
Q: Do you have a love for boxing? If not, how has your interest in the sport grown since your employment at Mayweather Promotions?
I have always been a fan of Floyd Mayweather, which has added to the excitement of working for MP. I have memories of my family and I throwing big fight parties just to watch Floyd fight.
Q: At a fast-paced company like MP, you are often on the go and multitasking. Are there any techniques or exercises (both physical and mental) that you perform to keep sharp?
You must understand the importance of multitasking at MP because we are a very fast-paced company. Not only do we host a multitude of events, many of them occur simultaneously. Physically, I make sure I’m eating a nutritious meal to start the day, staying hydrated, and exercising daily. To ensure that I’m in the proper headspace, I begin my day with prayer and review my planner so I’m aware of what tasks lie ahead for the day and can develop a plan to complete them.
Q: What do you find to be the biggest challenge and your biggest motivation in your career?
The biggest challenge in my career is learning when to turn ‘work mode’ off. My goal is to complete my tasks and do so in a timely fashion. Because of this mentality, it’s difficult to stop working when I know that more needs to be done. My mind wants me to keeps going but working endlessly isn’t good for my overall health.
My biggest motivation is really just striving to reach the next level. I know that if I continue to excel and push myself, I will succeed. With the completion of each task, I reevaluate the process and take notes on what needs to be improved so that I can do a better job the next time around.
Q: How do you remain calm, focused, and on-task during fight week?
I remain calm, focused, and on-task during fight week by utilizing a task sheet that lists things that need to get done in order of greatest importance and complete each task one by one. If I ever get overwhelmed, I take a walk for mental clarity. I also make sure I’m eating healthy balanced meals and staying hydrated.
Q: What is the most important thing you’ve learned since working at MP?
The most important thing I have learned since working at MP is that you should take ownership and pride in your work. It is also imperative that you have great listening skills and the ability to multitask. When you’re working with a team it’s also important to be positive and uplift your teammates when they need it most.
Q: If there were ever a time during the COVID-19 pandemic that you or other staff members have felt overwhelmed or unmotivated, what words of encouragement did you use to get everyone back on track?
During the pandemic I contracted the COVID-19 virus and was devastated. Afterward, Anxiety and hopelessness set in so I began reciting daily affirmations. The affirmations helped get me back on track, keep a healthy state of mind, and remain positive in the midst of such turmoil.
Q: What makes you proud to be part of the Mayweather Promotions team?
I am proud to be a part of the Mayweather Promotions team because of their commitment to the community and constant community involvement. It was always a dream of mine to volunteer my time to help those is need and become influential in the local community by giving back. My help with The Floyd Mayweather Jr. Foundation has made my dream a reality. Thanks to TFMJF, children have school supplies, families are provided meals around the holidays, and we all have an opportunity to get fit and focus on our health together.
Q: What are your preferred methods of winding down after a hard day’s work?
My preferred methods of winding down after a hard day’s work is watching a movie with my family, going for a walk, taking some time to relax in the sauna, or reading my Bible.
Q: Tell us one fun fact about yourself that most people wouldn’t know.
Most people don’t know that I’m always on the go supporting my son through his football, basketball, and track and field sports activities. Even though he keeps me busy, I always find time to read the Bible and give thanks to God.
Fans have been lured to the sport in hopes that they will see their favorite boxers overcome pain and adversity on their way to triumph! We know that boxing fans make the sport go round and we take pride in acknowledging our fans around the world. This quarter we selected one special fan, Peter Paul Pancipanci, who’s provided us with a unique perspective on what makes Angelo Leo a great boxer. Connect with us on social media for your chance to be featured in our next Fan Connection newsletter.
Peter Paul Pancipanci ranked Angelo Leo as his top Mayweather Promotions’ fighter. Not only has Peter been inspired by Angelo’s determination and work ethic both in and out of the ring, but he’s been able to witness it firsthand. Find out how a sparring session between Peter and Angelo resulted in a lifelong friendship, permanent spot in the #TeamLeo camp, and admiration for a current world champion.
Q: In what ways do you or have you supported Angelo Leo, Floyd Mayweather, and/or the stable of Mayweather Promotions fighters?
A: I support Angelo Leo and other Mayweather Promotions fighters in many ways including promoting their fights and upcoming fight days, helping out Angelo during camp when he’s preparing for a fight, and sporting Angelo’s clothing brand when I’m out in public.
Q: Which in-ring performance made you a fan of Angelo Leo?
A: I became a fan of Angelo Leo when we first sparred together at Wild Card Boxing gym in Los Angeles. At the time we were amateurs, but right off the bat I knew he was different from all the other guys that I’ve sparred with.
Q: Which Angelo Leo victory is your ultimate your favorite and why?
A: My favorite victory of Angelo’s would have to be his Mayweather Promotions debut at the Cosmopolitan versus Basilio Nieves. Angelo scored a fourth-round knockout and I was able to watch it live, witnessing all of Angelo’s hard work pay off.
Q: In what ways has Angelo Leo inspired you?
A: Angelo has inspired me in so many ways. As someone who’s had an opportunity to spend one-on-one time with him, I am truly inspired by his determination, will, and persistence. Despite the obstacles that have stood in his way, he’s found a way through them. Additionally, his work ethic is unmatched.
Q: We think Angelo Leo is an exceptional fighter. What boxing skills, physical ability, and characteristics does he/she possess that makes you feel the same?
A: I think Angelo Leo is an exceptional fighter because his work to the body is phenomenal, he puts the perfect amount of pressure on his opponents in the ring, and he has a high ring IQ.
Q: Finish this sentence: I am Angelo Leo’s biggest fan because…
A: I am Angelo Leo’s biggest fan because I’ve had the luxury of watching him make goals, work daily to achieve them, and witness him accomplish those goals.
Q: What would you like to see Angelo Leo accomplish this year in the sport of boxing?
A: In the sport of boxing, I would like to see Angelo retain his WBO Junior Featherweight Title and have a few more title defenses.
Q: Are there any fighters you’d like to see Angelo Leo take on in the future?
A: Whatever fighter gets in Angelo’s way is who I’d like for him to fight. Angelo won’t let anyone get in the way of him accomplishing his dreams.
Q: Do you have any positive advice you’d offer to Angelo Leo during the COVID-19 pandemic that will keep them focused as he/she awaits his/her next fight?
A: If I could offer any advice to Angelo, I would tell him to keep up the great work. He became a world champion by keeping up the work ethic that he already has. Angelo’s hard work and dedication is the reason he’s a world champion.
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