Floyd Mayweather Jr slams promoters, hints at SA fight

2014-01-16 08:48

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Boxing world champion Floyd “Money” Mayweather has launched a scathing attack on promoters for exploiting young boxers.

This he said at a press conference at Sascoc House in Houghton, Joburg, last night, where he also hinted at the possibility of fighting in South Africa – if those who want the fight to happen can show him the money.

“I’ve been getting some offers via email, it’s a dream of mine [to fight here] and hopefully we can make it happen if it’s possible,” he said.

“It’s always been my dream to come back to the motherland and I’m here now.”

The 36-year-old best pound-for-pound boxer in the world then spoke about cutting ties with his former promoter, Bob Arum, had liberated him financially.

He said: “Once I left him, I became my own boss. I did things that I wanted to do and promoted my fights the way I wanted to promote my fights.”

The boxer left Arum’s Top Rank Promotions eight years ago and went on to become a billionaire, counted among the richest athletes of our time.

According to the undefeated world champ, young boxers did not understand the business side of boxing, which meant they could be robbed by promoters who scored big deals with TV networks.

“A lot of promoters are not paying fighters, they are keeping the money back in, whereas I [at Mayweather Promotions] give my opponents what they don’t get from their promoters,” he said.

“At Mayweather Promotions, we believe in a fighter winning when it’s all said and done.”

Mayweather’s next stop will be the Dube Boxing Club in Soweto this afternoon, where he is expected to conduct boxing clinics.





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