News: Floyd Mayweather & Justin Bieber's In-Ring Hug Explained
Monday, May 7, 2012 11:05AM
Undefeated boxing champion Floyd Mayweather, Jr.'s in-ring bond with pop star Justin Bieber over the weekend was no coincidence, in fact, reports claim the sports icon had planned out the moment months in advance.
According to reports, Mayweather specifically wanted Bieber to attend his Las Vegas fight.
According to our sources, Mayweather asked Bieber four months ago to join him in Las Vegas for the Miguel Cotto fight ... and Bieber, a huge boxing fan, jumped at the opportunity. We're told Floyd and Justin became friends after Floyd saw Justin's movie, "Never Say Never," and reached out to his camp. According to our sources, Floyd decided he wanted to mentor Justin and the two developed a relationship. Our sources say Mayweather tried to impart his work ethic on Justin, basically telling him he could develop the same level of "greatness" Floyd achieved ... if he worked as hard as Floyd did. We're told the two hit it off and Justin tells people he thinks Floyd is just misunderstood ... and that he is a really a "hard-working and clean-cut guy." (TMZ)
Along with Biebs, Floyd was also greeted by rap stars 50 Cent and Lil Wayne.
The Baby hitmaker showed his support for Mayweather by carrying two of the sports star's title belts as he and rapper 50 Cent accompanied the boxing champ into Las Vegas' MGM Grand Garden Arena. Bieber remained ringside throughout the match to cheer on Mayweather, who preserved his unbeaten record after defeating Cotto. After the fight, the teen sensation jumped into the ring with 50 Cent and Lil Wayne to congratulate Mayweather on his victory and pose for pictures. (7 Action News)
On Saturday, Mayweather once again reigned as an undefeated boxing champion.
Floyd Mayweather Jr. used his speed and accuracy to win a unanimous decision Saturday night over a game Miguel Cotto in one of his toughest fights ever. Mayweather dominated late, rocking Cotto in the 12th round to pull out a win and remain unbeaten in 43 fights. But it wasn't easy, with Mayweather getting his nose bloodied and Cotto fighting until the final bell. (Star-Ledger)
Although Mayweather resides in Las Vegas, the boxer's win was met by disgruntled fans.
Mayweather won Cotto's 154-pound title in the fight, which two judges scored 117-111 and the third 118-110. The decision was roundly booed by the crowd at the MGM Grand arena, which cheered wildly every time Cotto landed a punch. (Washington Post)