Floyd Mayweather visits Nigeria, meets Amaechi

Former boxer Floyd Mayweather has paid a visit to Nigeria with plans to establish a boxing academy to build young fighters.

The former WBC Super Featherweight champion spoke of his plans at developing the sport in Africa at a press conference on Sunday.

He also visited presidential aspirant and minister of transportation Rotimi Amaechi at his Abuja residence on Monday.

“Before I go to Dubai, I couldn’t choose a better place than Nigeria. I look forward to coming back to Nigeria to train and continue to build my legacy, and we also want to help build a boxing camp for the young youth and children coming up. With the help of Keane (Anis), one of my closest buddies, who is from Nigeria,” he said.

The 45-year-old boxing promoter is in Nigeria to promote his exhibition match against Don Moore billed for Dubai on May 14.

“It’s all about giving back. A while back, I knew we were supposed to come to Nigeria, but things did not go as expected, I’m here now, and I’m proud,” he added.

The exhibition bout against Moore will be an eight-round fight at the Burj Al Arab Jumeirah Helipad in Dubai.

Mayweather retired from professional boxing in 2017 with an undefeated multi-weight record, winning 15 major world championships from super featherweight to light-middleweight category.

Moore was also undefeated in his 17-year career as a professional boxer, winning 18 fights and one draw.