Floyd Mayweather, one of the most accomplished boxers of all time, is on a visit to Nigeria, Megasportsarena.com reports.
The American boxing promoter and former boxer, who was unbeaten in 50 fights and retired with an undefeated record, winning 15 major world championships from super featherweight to light middleweight in five weight classes, plans to establish a boxing academy in Africa, especially in Nigeria to build young fighters.
Boxing in Nigeria has long been overshadowed by the rising popularity of sports like football. Public boxing gyms are underfunded and poorly equipped, but ‘Money’ stated that he is ready to assist in developing the sport in Nigeria.
“The ultimate plan is to find the next Mayweather. I want to work with kids; I will come over to meet and talk to make sure we are all on the same page, and slowly start building these fighters. We just want to help,” Mayweather said.
“It’s all about giving back, helping the youths and the young generation coming up. I want to build a boxing camp for the kids. Different American trainers will come over and work with them.
“There are so many talents in the sports world over there in the United States, and Africa is dominating in the US now. There are so many hidden talents, so many skills, so we want the world to see these skills.
“We don’t want it to be hidden, like I was able to display my skills and talents to the world, here I am today. I want to build an academy just for the children to grow.”