Zim awaits Mayweather visit Floyd Mayweather

Tadious ManyepoSports Reporter

IT’S not often that global sporting superstars get to visit. 

And the country can’t wait to tap on the rich experience and expertise associated with hosting one of the most iconic pugilists in the history of not only boxing but sport, Floyd Mayweather (Jr). 

The former pugilist who carries a murky 50-0 record is scheduled to arrive in the country for a two-day visit next week in a development that could change the boxing landscape for good. 

The grand visit by the American, which is being organised by jewellery company Betterbrands follows his (Mayweather) initial meeting with local businessman Scott Sakupwanya in the United Arab Emirates last year. 

Mayweather, who has 15 major world championships under his belt, is expected to arrive on July 12 before he flies to South Africa three days later. 

A businessman in his own right, the 46-year-old is also expected to sniff for vast investment opportunities in the country in addition to impacting the boxing fraternity in a big way. 

And the Government through the Ministry of Youth, Sport, Arts and Recreation have hailed Betterbrands while challenging boxing stakeholders to tap into Mayweather’s experience. 

Deputy Minister of Youth, Sport, Arts and Recreation Tino Machakaire said boxing discourse should never be the same again. 

“As Government, we are very much happy with the pending visit of one of the best boxers of all time to Zimbabwe. It’s an endorsement of destination Zimbabwe as a safe place for anyone around the world.

“We understand that Betterbrands are spearheading the visit and the Zimbabwe National Wrestling and Boxing Control Board are the technical partners. That is exactly how these things should work,” said Machakaire.

“We are looking forward to seeing a positive transformation in terms of local boxing”.

RSVP Events, Zimbabwe leg event and tour manager Tapiwa Makoti, who is the spokesperson for the Mayweather tour said the multi-international award winner will have a free-of-charge open workout at Mabvuku Stadium (Number One Ground) and there will also be a dinner at a Harare Hotel.

“The long standing relationship between Mayweather and Betterbrands has culminated in this visit which yet again establishes Zimbabwe as a leading global tourist destination. 

“Mayweather is not only an undefeated boxing world champion but he is also a very successful businessman with an empire worth millions of US dollars. 

“We are very excited to be hosting him as he shows support for the boxing fraternity and youth empowerment. 

“He will be in Mabvuku for the open workout session on July 13 where he will be showcasing his training routine and imparting knowledge to the locals. 

“Mayweather will also be at a dinner where tables will be going for US$3 000”. 

 ZNWBCB chief executive Lawrence Zimbudzana said they are lining up a number of exhibition fights ahead of Mayweather’s visit. 

“As the Zimbabwe National Wrestling and Boxing Control Board, we are honoured to be part of all to do with Mayweather’s visit. 

“We are very excited to host one of the most celebrated names in boxing. His visit is expected to help inspire all boxing stakeholders, especially young athletes into taking boxing as a career,” said Zimbudzana.

“There are a number of boxing related festivities lined up during his two-day stay in Zimbabwe. There will be a couple of exhibition fights as well and details of the fighters will be provided later. 

“In the evening the same day there will be a corporate dinner gala where he will share his journey in boxing and business through a live interview. As the board responsible for boxing we are providing both technical and logistical support during this historic visit”.

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