Floyd Mayweather’s star power, much like his boxing ability, seems to be fading very little.
Following the announcement that he’ll face YouTuber Deji in Dubai on November 13, it seems that, as long as fans are willing to show up for his exhibitions, he’ll keep putting them on. His latest was in front of a huge crowd in Japan.
Despite the ability to draw a crowd and sell pay-per-views, there will always be some Floyd fans who won’t watch anything but a professional bout – recognising exhibitions as more entertainment than sport. See the former champion’s outing against Logan Paul, which was an event to rival WWE but provided little for true boxing fans.
If you’re in that camp, there’s some good news from Global Titans CEO Uday Singh – the man who’s behind Mayweather’s next exhibition and potential future ones. He told Insider that ‘TBE’ does indeed plan to fight pro again.
“We do have plans to do a real fight which is not an exhibition fight with Floyd and someone else next year.”
“We’re looking at Vegas as a venue. And that’s somewhere next year after October. We already talked and will announce names a bit later. These are very big names as we’ve had interest from a few people like Conor [McGregor] and Manny Pacquiao.”
The last time ‘Money’ Mayweather entered the ring with his undefeated record on the line was against MMA superstar, Conor McGregor. The fight card was one of the best performing pay-per-views in the sport’s history, with all those tuning in being treated to a stoppage in the tenth.
There’s been talk of a rematch and after initially saying he wasn’t interested, McGregor seems to have come round to the idea. Manny Pacquiao is another option – and the two legends of the sport entering the ring once more may just be what fans see.
Having said that, and with Mayweather reportedly earning upwards of $25 million for his dealing with Deji, one must wonder why he’s ever hang up the exhibition gloves?