American boxing great, Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather Jnr, says the aim of his visit to South Africa is to inspire aspiring boxers in the country.
Mayweather landed at the Lanseria Airport on Friday to much media frenzy and fan fare as part of his Motherland Tour, which saw him also visit Zimbabwe.
Upon his arrival, Mayweather told the media that he wants people on the African continent to know that they can also be as successful as he is.
“I always want to inspire my people and push my people to know that they can be great. I didn’t do it by myself, I didn’t it with the push of the fans all around the world, especially the fans from Africa and my people from Africa,” said the undefeated fighter.
The 46-year-old also hosted a banquet dinner in Sandton, Johannesburg, on Saturday to raise funds for Boxing in South Africa.
From 1996 and 2017, the boxer won 15 major world championships, ranging from super featherweight to light middle-weight and retired with an undefeated record.
“I want to see the next Mayweather come from Africa and show the world the talent we have in South Africa,” he said.
“Every time I come back to the Motherland, I’m treated with respect and shown love.”
“I want to see people in South Africa have more ownership, get more land and create wealth and jobs through sport and even real estate,” added the boxer. Article by Ntsako Mkhari
Written by: Lindiwe Mabena