"It's been tough. It's been real tough. I tried making a comeback and I actually worked with a few fighters for a week...I was actually back working with my fighters and didn't realize that I wasn't ready for that yet. It was one of those situations where I had to become selective about who I would train because I couldn't train everybody...I'm glad that a lot of people reached out and gave me their well wishes and hadn't forgotten about me. I think that after I get this surgery, hopefully I will be back, but not right away because I have lost like 35 pounds," stated world-class trainer Jeff Mayweather, who gave us an update on his health issues. Check it out!
PC: Jeff, I saw you in the MGM on Wednesday before Floyd's fight with Canelo and I believe by Sunday, I was starting to hear the rumors of your health issues. Could you explain exactly what you went through?
JM: Basically, what ended up happening was, I drunk an energy drink, something that I had never done. They were sponsoring this thing we were doing that week called "The Mayweather Experience." So they had this drink called "Liquid Nitro" and I drunk it and immediately, maybe because I never had anything like alcohol or anything like that, it went straight to my heart. And actually, a little bit after drinking that drink, I felt like I was about to die. I started feeling really bad and I thought I was having a heart attack. It ended up not being a heart attack; it was just too much for my heart to take. And so then I was like the typical man. I went home for a couple of days and I figured whatever it was, it was going to pass. So rather than going straight to the hospital like I should have when it happened, I didn't. I let it linger for 2 days inside my system just hoping it was going to get better or it would pass and it never did; it got worse. I just happened to be here at home and kind of fortunately I had my door open and a very good friend of mine came to my house and told me, "You need to go to the hospital." They called the ambulance to take me in to the hospital and I was in for a whole week. And in the midst of it, I found out that whatever was wrong with me eventually came to the surface and I learned it was diabetes. And as of right now, after all of the visits to the doctor and things like that, it actually attacked my gallbladder as well and I have to get that removed.
PC: In those two days where you said you were at home hoping it passed, were you bed ridden, uncomfortable; what were those two days at home like for you?
JM: I just felt like crap. I was vomiting nonstop. For two days I would say I was vomiting like every 2 or 3 minutes nonstop. And of course the sense is once you vomit and get everything out of you, you're going to be fine. But it never stopped and, like I said, I was just fortunate and blessed that my friend came to the house and forced me to go.
PC: We were just talking about how busy you are with boxers, MMA fighters and then you got a few kickboxers. I speak with a few of your fighters and of course your health was at the forefront before any fight talk, but what has it been like for you to not be able to be around these guys and help them out for their upcoming fights?
JM: It's been tough. It's been real tough. I tried making a comeback and I actually worked with a few fighters for a week. I worked with Mo for a week. I didn't get to work with "Big Country" because he had a fight coming up. I was actually back working with my fighters and didn't realize that I wasn't ready for that yet. It was one of those situations where I had to become selective about who I would train because I couldn't train everybody.
PC: Are you just not physically able to do it because you get fatigued quicker or is it just too soon?
JM: Yeah! I get fatigued, but I cut down how many fighters I would work with so it wasn't that bad.
PC: Jeff, you have had a lot of support and well wishes since you were hospitalized. Do you want to say anything to those people?
JM: I'm glad that a lot of people reached out and gave me their well wishes and hadn't forgotten about me. I think that after I get this surgery, hopefully I will be back, but not right away because I have lost like 35 pounds. It's been drastic.
PC: Is the expected recovery 100% or is it based on the individual?
JM: Well, I think that a lot of it is going to have a lot to do with me personally. The biggest issue I have been having is I can't really eat like I want to no matter what my appetite is because my gallbladder hurts so much that when I intake too much food or too much water, it hurts my stomach too bad. I think that once that's removed and that issue is gone and I can digest food a lot better, I will be fine.
PC: I appreciate the update and your time. We are definitely pulling for you and you know if there is anything that you need, feel free to hit me up.
JM: Alright, thanks Percy; take care!
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