Floyd Mayweather still doesn’t know who will be his next opponent. Without a challenger to prepare for, the boxer is taking a trip overseas.
On Wednesday, Mayweather begins his visit to South Africa. A spokesperson from the Ministry of Sport and Recreation says Mayweather will tour the country for six days in hopes of revitalizing boxing. He will make the rounds in Johannesburg, Cape Town, Bloemfontein and East London, which is known as a hotbed for the sport in South Africa. Mayweather might also see the jail where Nelson Mandela was held. The former president, who recently passed away, was an amateur boxer.
"Remember, [Mayweather's] the greatest athlete in the world," said ministry spokesman Paena Galane. "We wanted someone who's knowledgeable as a fighter and as a promoter."
According to Galane, Mayweather is not being paid to make any of his appearances. In 2013, the country was unsuccessful in its attempt to get Mayweather to make a visit as a guest of honor at the national sports awards.
Mayweather makes his trip with a 45-0 record, following his dominant win over Canelo Alvarez in September. The undefeated boxer is committed to fighting again in May and September 2014, but he has yet to make an agreement with another boxer. Widespread speculation is that he’ll step inside the ring with Amir Khan, though nothing is guaranteed.
There had been rumors that a bout between Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao was finally set to happen in 2014. However, both sides have denied the reports. A proposed fight between Mayweather and Pacquiao has been a much-publicized boxing topic for roughly five years.
Perhaps news will be made soon on who Mayweather will fight next. Galane said reporters would be allowed to ask the boxer about his future plans.