Peterson's trainer welcomes Floyd fight
MANILA, Philippines – The trainer of American light-welterweight champion Lamont Peterson wants to see his fighter face off against unbeaten superstar Floyd Mayweather Jr., calling it “the fight of a lifetime.”
In an interview with RingTV, respected boxing trainer Barry Hunter said he would welcome a fight against the current pound-for-pound king.
“What real fighter wouldn’t want to be on that level and be in the squared circle with that man?” Hunter told Lem Satterfield.
“You’re talking about the best of the best, and Lamont is the type of fighter who would view that as an honor,” he added.
Peterson sparred against Mayweather weeks before he fought Timothy Bradley for a light-welterweight belt in what would be the first loss of his career.
Hunter said Peterson would welcome a fight not just against Mayweather but also against the other top fighters in the world.
“To be able to go against the best, be it Mayweather, (Juan Manuel) Marquez, or even Manny Pacquiao,” he said. “If the guy is regarded as the best in boxing, then that’s where we want to be in there with.”
Peterson will return to the ring on February 22 to defend his IBF light-welterweight belt against Kendall Holt. It will be his first fight since upsetting Britain’s Amir Khan in December 2011.