Floyd Mayweather wishes to establish a boxing academy in Nigeria.

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Floyd Mayweather wishes to establish a boxing academy in Nigeria.
Floyd Mayweather wishes to establish a boxing academy in Nigeria.

Floyd Mayweather has stated that he intends to open a boxing academy in Nigeria to train young fighters.

According to the BBC, the former five-weight world champion – from super-featherweight to light-middleweight – made this known during a visit to Rotimi Amaechi, Nigeria’s Minister of Transportation, in Abuja.
While Nigeria’s potential in the sport may be viewed in the long term, the 45-year-old, who is now a boxing promoter after a successful 21-year professional career, stated that the ultimate goal is to find the next Mayweather.

Mayweather stated that he chose to visit the minister because they both shared the goal of empowering Nigeria’s youth, and that the minister’s support could be crucial in realizing his goal of establishing the academy.

 

We simply want to assist. It’s all about giving back and assisting the next generation of youths. I want to set up a boxing camp for kids. “They’ll have different American trainers come over and work with them,” Mayweather said.

Mayweather, who is set to face Don Moore in an exhibition match in Dubai on May 14th, has stated that he would like to return to Nigeria.

I couldn’t think of a better place to visit before going to Dubai than Nigeria. I am excited to return to Nigeria to train and continue to build my legacy. In Africa, I’ve visited Johannesburg, Morocco, Egypt, and now Nigeria.

“And, hopefully, I’ll get to visit every country in Africa before I leave.” It’s a stunning location. “Africans all over the world show me love, and there is nothing like African love,” he says.

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Amaechi stated that he believes Nigeria’s federal government will support any initiative that aims to harness more talent in Nigeria while also creating jobs.

From his 50 career victories, Mayweather had 27 knockouts.
Nigeria has won six Olympic boxing medals, including three silvers and three bronzes.