On Saturday night, Floyd Mayweather Jr returned to the ring in Abu Dhabi for an exhibition bout with his former sparring partner, Don Moore.
Mayweather Jr clearly enjoyed returning to boxing, as he smiled throughout, danced with the ring girl between rounds and even briefly spoke to commentators while fighting.
It looks like Mayweather Jr had so much fun that he wants to do it all over again later this year.
“I want to say thank you to the UAE (United Arab Emirates).” Mayweather Jr said in his post-fight interview.
“I’ve waited 26 years for this moment and we’re finally here and we’ve finally done it, so I’ll bring another fight back this year.”
The interviewer then stopped Mayweather Jr to ask if he would confirm he would be fighting in the UAE again this year and who his opponent would be, to which ‘Money’ replied: “Absolutely.
“It’s a secret, I don’t want to take the cat out of the bag at the moment, but we have an opponent and we had to choose a place and the place I will choose is the United Arab Emirates.”
It’s no surprise that Mayweather Jr wants to return to the UAE, as it was undoubtedly a lucrative event for ‘Money’, previously revealing he made $1m just by attending at the pre-fight press conference, although it was the same day as the press conference for Mayweather Promotion’s biggest star, Gervonta Davis.
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“It wasn’t my idea; I didn’t want the press conference to be on the same day (as Gervonta Davis’ press conference),” Mayweather told FightHype.
“So they said, ‘We’ll pay you a million dollars to make sure you can do it’. I wasn’t going to do it on Thursday…so we did it on Thursday.
“Anderson Silva had to fly out of Miami. So we couldn’t do the press conference another day. They said, ‘We’ll pay you $1 million to do it.’ I said, ‘No problem.’ I can feed my family with this.
As for a potential next opponent, recently retired Amir Khan came across Mayweather Jr while in Dubai and revealed the self-proclaimed ‘Best Ever’ told him they should ‘get on with it’ and so maybe we’ll see “King Khan” in the opposite corner later in the year.
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