Floyd Mayweather arrived in Nigeria’s capital on Sunday evening and met with the organizers of this week’s exhibition match in Dubai, as well as boxing fans and journalists.
He held a news conference with his opponent in his upcoming match boxer Don Moore.
Mayweather said the Nigeria tour was part of a plan to promote the sport of boxing in Africa.
“It’s all about giving back. We are working on the Mayweather Boxing Gym in Nigeria. We also want to build a boxing camp for up-and-coming youth and kids. We will continue to work together and hopefully some One day we can find the next Floyd Mayweather from Nigeria,” he said.
Boxing in Nigeria has long been dominated by the growing popularity of sports such as football. Public boxing gyms are short of funds and are poorly equipped.
Nigeria’s boxing champion Olanrewaju Durodola says authorities need to act and Mayweather’s visit could make a positive difference in Africa.
“The problem in Africa is that we don’t have good promoters here. We have a lot of talented boxers. If he comes to Nigeria and he has a great team and he sets up everything we need, then I think Nigerian boxing will be very great,” he said.
Mayweather’s match will take place on Saturday at the Burj Al Arab Hotel in Dubai. This will be his first return to the ring since retiring in August 2017.
Mayweather, who won 50 out of 50 matches during his career, has also toured South Africa, Morocco and Egypt.