‘Mayweather chooses England, not SA’

2013-11-12 16:33

The world’s best boxer, Floyd Mayweather Jr, will not be attending this Sunday’s SA Sports Awards extravaganza, according to a member of Mayweather’s “Money Team” – as those who work with the pound-for-pound king are nicknamed.

“Floyd just told me: ‘Everybody wants me to go everywhere but I don’t see any money, I don’t know when but I am going to England and not South Africa,’” said the source, who asked not to be named.

This follows the public invitation to Mayweather, extended about two weeks ago by Minister of Sport and Recreation Fikile Mbalula.

Mbalula said Mayweather was invited but that he would not be paid to attend the event.

When asked if Mayweather would attend the awards, Mbalula’s spokesperson, Paena Galane, said: “Nothing has changed.”

He would not be drawn on the matter but did say the department could not afford Mayweather as it would take up their entire budget.

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