It looks like Floyd Mayweather is getting back in the boxing ring. But, sadly for Manny Pacquiao and his hopes for a rematch, it’s another exhibition bout, and this time in China.
“Money” made US$9 million for 136 seconds of work knocking out Japanese kick-boxer Tenshin Nasukawa in Saitama, just outside Tokyo, on New Year’s Eve.
Now the undefeated American (50-0) – who claims he is retired from professional fighting – seems to have lined up another big pay day in Asia.
The Mission Hills Group has invited media to attend a press conference in Haikou, Hainan on September 18 to announce Mayweather’s “first fight in China”.
“The press conference will announce that Mayweather will hold a boxing match in China next year,” a spokesperson told the Post. “We have already got the Hainan government’s temporary approval for this event.
“But everything needs to be confirmed with Floyd as well. The details are not 100 per cent confirmed yet. We are in the process of negotiating details with Mayweather’s management.”
No official date has been set for the bout other than 2020. The Post was told there will be a recruitment campaign held in China to find Mayweather’s opponent.
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“This match aims to enhance the friendship between two powerful nations through boxing, gaining popularity for Hainan in the role of an international tourism island and achieving Mission Hills’ vision of bringing world-class sports events to Haikou,” the media invitation added.
Mayweather is set to tour the Missions Hills Resort Haikou in the afternoon on September 17 before a private welcome dinner. On September 18, there will then be a signing ceremony with a press conference and a group interview.
The 42-year-old will then tour Mission Hills Movie Town before holding a boxing lesson for students.
Mayweather was in Hong Kong in June to discuss a potential mega-money exhibition fight with local boxing promoters DEF Promotions. He also visited Tokyo earlier this summer, where he said he hoped to fight more bouts in Japan.
Pacquiao called for a rematch with the American after beating Keith Thurman in July, but it appears Mayweather remains intent on staying retired from professional fighting.