Sean O’Malley Pulls Inspirations From Floyd Mayweather’s Work Ethic

UFC fighter Sean O'Malley discusses how he pulls inspiration from boxing great Floyd Mayweather's work ethic.

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Credit Sean O'Malley and Floyd Mayweather on Instagram

UFC bantamweight Sean O’Malley wants to be like Floyd Mayweather. 

The UFC bantamweight division is one of the most stacked in the entire organization right now. Sitting right at the top, in the number one spot is Sean O’Malley. His last win over former champion Petr Yan put him right where he wants to be, sitting and waiting for his title shot. The champion Aljamain Sterling already has his next bout secured as he will take on another former champion Henry Cejudo later this year. In the meantime, O’Malley is content to sit back and wait until his number is called.

O’Malley came to the UFC back in 2017 after a great showing on the Dana White Contender Series. Since then, he has worked his way to the top of the division and has become one of the most popular fighters on the roster. His personality and skills have made him a fan favorite. He also prides himself on putting in the work. 

Sean O’Malley is drawing inspiration from Floyd Mayweather and his career

O’Malley and his coach Tim Welch sat down to discuss some MMA topics on their show called The TimboSugar Show when they got to talking about Floyd Mayweather.

“I was watching a bunch of Floyd stuff but that motherf–ker would train like three or four times a day just couple out like an hour at a time hit the bag,” he said on his YouTube channel. “It’s so f–king sweet 50-0, retired at the top, didn’t lose. It’s inspirational. I’m trying to be 50-0. Just his work ethic that motherf–ker. You don’t get 50-0, you don’t become Floyd without a crazy work ethic. Constantly running, hitting the bag, hitting mitts. But it’s like that motherf–ker had chicks around him all day when he wasn’t, that’s balance.”

O’Malley mentioned wanting to follow in Mayweather’s footsteps and ending his career 50-0 as well. However, O’Malley has already lost one bout in his UFC career. He lost to Marlon Vera back in 2020. He has mentioned wanting to get that bout back and even offered to face Vera if the title should become vacant. 

O’Malley has mentioned previously on his YouTube channel that he prides himself on his work ethic as well. He has mentioned planning to work more on his wrestling if or when he takes on Sterling. The same plan will most likely be put in place if he were to face the former gold medalist wrestler Cejudo as well. 

As for Mayweather, he is officially retired from fighting but still is participating in some exhibition matches at 45 years old. 

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