Carl Froch has had his say on Floyd Mayweather’s exhibition tour, believing his latest effort in London to be unfitting of a fighter with such a legacy.
The American Hall of Famer touched down in the UK after never getting the chance to fight here professionally, and faced off with reality star turned fighter, Aaron Chalmers.
Fights on the undercard saw the arena almost completely empty, and things didn’t get that much better by the time the main event stars took to the ring.
Mayweather boxed eight two-minute rounds, showcasing the speed and defence he’s known for.
On his new YouTube channel, Froch on Fighting, ‘The Cobra’ said he had heard there was just over 1000 punters there.
“You’ve got Floyd Mayweather fighting in London at the O2, which holds 20,000 … and there’s 1300 people there apparently. What’s he doing? Fighting in an exhibition fight in front of 1300 people.
One, I don’t know where the money’s coming from, and two, I don’t know why, as a retired legend, maybe the best fighter or all time, why is he fighting in an empty arena?”
Froch was kind in his assessment of why ‘Money’ Mayweather is taking part in exhibitions after retiring from the professional game in 2017.
Whilst many fans believe it’s purely financial – and Mayweather has even hinted at that himself – Froch said it could be a love for the sport.
“It’s upsetting for me to see somebody with that legacy … I don’t get it. Maybe he just loves the game that much. He just loves being in there exchanging blows and being some part of boxing. I don’t know.
I don’t agree with this stuff that Mayweather’s doing. I don’t understand it.”
Mayweather has addressed the poor ticket sales, believing that his team didn’t give UK fans ‘who don’t like to spend money’ enough time to buy. As of writing his next exhibition move is unknown, but it’s unlikely he’ll be stopping anytime soon.