Abuja, Nigeria — Floyd Mayweather arrived in Nigeria’s capital Sunday night and met with organizers of this week’s exhibition match in Dubai in addition to boxing followers and journalists.
He held a information convention alongside his opponent in his upcoming match, boxer Don Moore.
Mayweather stated the go to to Nigeria was a part of plans to advertise the game of boxing in Africa.
“It’s all about giving back. We’re working on Mayweather boxing gyms in Nigeria. We want to also build boxing camps for the young youths and children coming up. We’re going to continue to work together and hopefully someday we can find the next Floyd Mayweather from Nigeria,” he stated.
Boxing in Nigeria has lengthy been overshadowed by the rising reputation of sports activities like soccer. Public boxing gyms are underfunded and poorly geared up.
Nigeria’s boxing champion, Olanrewaju Durodola, says authorities must step in and that Mayweather’s go to might spur a constructive change in Africa.
“The problem in Africa is that we don’t have good promoters here. We have a lot of talented boxers. If he comes to Nigeria and has a big team and sets up all the things that we need, I think the Nigerian boxing will be very great,” he stated.
Mayweather’s match Saturday will happen at Dubai’s Burj Al Arab lodge. It can be his first time again within the ring since retiring in August 2017.
Mayweather, who gained 50 out of fifty matches throughout his profession, has additionally visited South Africa, Morocco, and Egypt.