- Floyd Mayweather was spotted in Abuja where he met with Nigeria’s Minister for Transportation Rotimi Amaechi
- The retired American boxer is billed for an exhibition fight against Don Moore slated for Dubai on May 14
- Mayweather stated that he had wanted to visit Nigeria and it is only natural for him to stop by, as he promises to establish a boxing academy in the country
Retired American boxer Floyd Mayweather was spotted with Nigeria’s Minister for Transportation Rotimi Amaechi in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
Mayweather met with the former governor of Rivers State and promised to establish a boxing academy in the country to develop the sport.
In a chat with the media on Sunday as part of activities of a global tour promoting his upcoming exhibition fight against Don Moore in Dubai on May 14, Mayweather disclosed that he had always looked forward to visiting Nigeria.
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Mayweather said as per Gazette:
“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.
Mayweather also disclosed that his aim of establishing an academy in Nigeria is his own little way of giving back to society. He added:
“It’s all about giving back. A while back, I knew we were supposed to come to Nigeria, but things didn’t go as expected, I’m here now, and I’m proud.
“Being in Africa and being able to travel around the continent. I’ve been to Johannesburg, Morocco, Egypt and now Nigeria. And, hopefully, before I’m gone, I get to see every country in Africa. Such a beautiful place. Africans worldwide show me love, and there’s nothing like African love.”
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Nigerian sporting community divided over Mayweather’s visit
Meanwhile, Sports Brief earlier reported that the secretary-general of the Nigerian Boxing Board of Control (NBB of C) and president of the West African Boxing Union, Remi Aboderin, has accused former Nigerian international Daniel Amokachi of being part of those that organised Floyd Mayweather’s press conference in Nigeria.
Aboderin called out the organisers, saying Nigeria’s professional boxing body was not aware of Mayweather’s visit.
He alleged that former footballers Daniel Amokachi and Waidi Akanni were among those behind the idea and that they refused to carry the Board that is in charge of Pro Boxing in Nigeria along.
Source: Sports Brief News