Undefeated and five-time division boxing champ Floyd Mayweather Jr. delivered a knockout message to the Miami Heat following their practice on Oct. 6. Mayweather talked to the team about remaining on top in the face of what is expected to be stiffer competition from much-improved contenders across the league, according to Heat players.
Mayweather is a regular courtside visitor to Heat games, but the team's practice court is typically off-limits to visitors. An exception was made on Sunday, and Mayweather even addressed LeBron James and his teammates.He reminded the Heat the need for dedication and hard work.
"With him being 17 years-and-0 -- we're trying to defend two titles -- he's been defending for a long time," James said. "He definitely knows where we're coming from. It's definitely exciting to have someone, one of the greatest of all time, to be in your presence. It's something you can talk about years from now when you look back on the history of sports. That guy was at our practice."
The Heat, trying to become just the fourth team in NBA history to win three consecutive titles, were preparing for its preseason opener Monday against Atlanta on Oct. 7. Miami open the regular season against Chicago on Oct. 28.
Mayweather is considered the “best boxer pound-for-pound” and has a 45-0 record as a professional. He frequently is seen at many sporting events, from the NFL to even college football and basketball.