Inside the Circle: David Levi, Personal Assistant of Floyd “Money” Mayweather

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The Cover 4 was fortunate to catch up to David Levi, who is Floyd Mayweather’s personal assistant. We asked Levi what it is like to be part of The Money Team. Mayweather will be fighting Canelo Alvarez on Saturday.”

Thanks for reading and thank you to David Levi for the interview!

photo-1-400x352What is your position with The Money Team? 

I am Floyd’s personal assistant. I also take care of various things needed for The Money Team.

What is your boxing background?

I started boxing back in high school. Every Friday my brother and I invited kids over from school and we all boxed each other in the backyard with 16-ounce gloves and headgear. A short while after I started, a boxing gym opened up near my house and I started training every day. I had my first amateur fight during my senior year of high school and won by knockout. The following year I attended UNLV just to fight for the boxing team there. After my freshman year boxing, I stopped fighting altogether to work at Mayweather Promotions.

Have you ever stepped in the ring with Floyd? Even just messing around? 

That’s a funny question because Floyd always asks me if I want to spar a little bit with him. He always tells me he’ll “take it easy on me.” The guy beats the hell out of world-class fighters, so I’m not so keen on getting in the ring with him. Maybe if I started training again I would do it for fun. I would like to do it someday just to say I did.

dsgHow did you join the Money Team? 

I interned for Mayweather Promotions on and off for about a year and a half. I then was hired as an office assistant for about six months. One day I was over at Floyd’s house, which rarely happened, and I approached him when he was alone and asked him to give me a shot and I would do whatever he needed to be done. About a week later he called me and said he was going to “test me out” and it’s been two years since!

What is the typical day in the life of David Levi? 

I’m on call 24/7. No day is ever the same and that’s what I like best about my work. Usually if Floyd is out of town my day consists of running a couple errands for him, paying people and I usually sit in the sports book and bet for Floyd the rest of the day.

During training my schedule is a little different. The day starts at the boxing gym around 2 p.m. The whole team encourages Floyd while he trains. I usually have to run out of the gym to the sports book to put bets in while he is training. We usually go to dinner after training and head to the fitness gym around 2 a.m.

What type of role do you take in fight planning or marketing?

Golden Boy Promotions basically does all the planning and marketing for Floyd’s fights. I use my Twitter and Instagram as a marketing tool by posting photos of Floyd while training. I occasionally do some interviews about Floyd’s training as well. I also seek out sponsorships and endorsements for various Mayweather Promotions fighters and Floyd.

What is the typical day in the life of Floyd Mayweather?

Floyd usually spends a lot of time with his children when he’s not training for a fight. The afternoons always consist of watching football and basketball. He and I are usually on and off the phone nonstop because I’m placing bets for him while he watches the games at home or wherever he happens to be at the time. He knows more about football and basketball than anyone I’ve ever met. He’s a tremendous athlete, he often plays basketball late at night at the fitness gym in pick-up games.

asdasdWhat’s your favorite part about being part of The Money Team?

There are definitely various perks in Vegas being part of the team. I’d say my favorite part is being able to see Floyd spar every day during training. Most people only get to see him fight once a year, I get to see if every day while he’s training!

What is the coolest experience you have ever had with Floyd?

I’d say my favorite experience this far was the whole fight weekend for the Mayweather-Cotto fight. The fight was so intense and I am a fan of Miguel Cotto as well, so I was extremely excited. I’ll never forget being in the back area with Floyd before the weigh-in and he was jumping around talking shit out loud as Cotto just glared at him nonstop. Definitely the type of stuff I love, being a huge boxing fan.

What was it like being interviewed by ESPN for their article?

Today’s social media has really simplified the ways to get into contact with media outlets. Over the last two years on Twitter I’ve created friendships with various writers for ESPN, Yahoo, FightHype, etc., and I get quoted from comments I make on Twitter. I’d say I enjoyed my interview with Yahoo’s Kevin Iole the most.

asdsaWhat happened with the 50 Cent split? 

I think there was some miscommunication between Floyd and 50 while Floyd was locked up. One thing was said and another came to fruition which Floyd didn’t agree with. I tend not to talk about it because it’s between the two of them.

What should people know about Floyd?

Floyd is one of the most fun people to hang around. He’s always joking around and talking shit. He has great energy and is a tremendous person. He does a ton of charity work, which most people don’t get to see that side of him.

After Pacquiao just got knocked out, will that fight ever happen? 

The fight is basically never going to happen at this point. Pacman was knocked out cold and is going to need a couple fights to get back to where he was. I don’t think he will ever be the same after that knockout. The money that was there for the fight is no longer there because of how Pacquiao lost.

When will Floyd step back into the ring?

Floyd will actually be fighting here in Las Vegas on May 4th. The opponent is yet to be named, but believe me it’s going to be a great match up! He also is scheduled to fight September 14th.

After Floyd’s boxing career is finished, how will he be remembered? 

I think after Floyd’s next two or three wins and retires undefeated he will go down as the greatest boxer of all time. At the end of the day, Floyd has fought dozens of world champions and hall of famers. He makes all of them look like amateurs. There is no fighter ever in the history of the sport that has faced the opposition he has and made it look so easy.

What do you have planned in the future?

I’m really enjoying my time with Floyd and The Money Team but of course eventually all things come to an end. I would like to get into promotion or work behind the scenes for television involving boxing and entertainment. I really enjoy the entertainment industry and I plan on staying involved with boxing one way or another.

Thanks for the interview Cover 4!

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