Most Floyd fanatics would be pretty excited just to get the aforementioned “birthday tweet” from the world champion boxer or a re-tweet. Heck – seeing a Floyd Mayweather favorite in Twitter notifications would probably make many people’s day/week/month.
There’s more to be envious of when it comes to their relationship – you know, beyond social media shout-outs and gifts of $200K cars. The two have trained together in the offseason and have supported one another’s careers. During Thomas’ time with the Sacaramento Kings, he shared some details of their friendship.
He calls me before every game and says, ‘It’s time to focus. It doesn’t matter if you’re going against Chris Paul, Derrick Rose – they put on their jerseys just like you. You just have to outwork
them.' We’re both small guys – both guys who they said could never do what’s been done. He’s undefeated, so he’s really done what hasn’t been done, but at the same time, in my profession, you don’t see small guys who make it in the NBA – or any professional sports, at that. So, I’m trying to shock the world with that, just like he’s trying to shock the world with having an undefeated career.
"I don't fold under pressure. Great athletes perform better under pressure, so put pressure on me."- @FloydMayweather
— Isaiah Thomas (@Isaiah_Thomas) October 13, 2014
In addition to the motivation they share as “small guys” successfully overcoming stereotypical odds, Isaiah points out that Floyd’s presence at his games is perhaps more than a coincidence when it comes to the win column.