Is Floyd Mayweather boxing again?
At age 44, Floyd Mayweather has done everything in boxing except, of course, fighting on a helipad. He will have the opportunity to do so after announcing that he will fight in another exhibition fight.
Mayweather, in a press conference on Tuesday, announced that he will box on a helipad in Dubai at the Burj Al Arab hotel on February 20, 2022, just days after his 45th birthday.
“Feb. 20, we haven’t picked an opponent yet, but I look forward to it and hope I can give you something to look at,” said Mayweather.
Mayweather’s reported opponent is YouTuber Reshad “Money Kicks” Belhasa. He is the son of billionaire businessman Saif Belhasa and has more than 3.21 million subscribers on YouTube.
“I spoke to (my advisers) about Money Kicks. We really don’t know,” Mayweather said Tuesday. “Money Kicks is doing great things and I like what I’m seeing.”
Mayweather, a bronze medalist at the 1996 Olympics, made his professional debut that year. The man once called “Pretty Boy” has won titles in the super featherweight, lightweight, welterweight and light-middleweight divisions.
Retiring with a 50-0 record (27 KOs), Mayweather has faced some of the most legendary fighters in the world, including Arturo Gatti, Zab Judah, José Luis Castillo, Ricky Hatton and Shane Mosley. He initially retired in 2015 after beating Manny Pacquiao and Andre Berto.
Mayweather returned in 2017, beating MMA star Conor McGregor by technical knockout for that 50th win.
But this won’t be the first time Mayweather has faced a YouTuber; fought Logan Paul in an exhibition fight in Miami in 2021, going the distance in a fight that was not officially scored.
He has also competed in other exhibitions, beating kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa by TKO in 2018.
The fight is one of many business ventures Mayweather hopes to be a part of in Dubai. The Burj Al Arab Jumeirah hotel helipad, 200 meters above the ground, has been occupied by Rory McIlroy, Anthony Joshua, and Roger Federer.
It has also been used as a platform for “The Today Show”, tennis matches with Andre Agassi and Federer, a car race track and boxing matches.
“It will be a very special crowd,” Mayweather continued. “Not many people. So if you have the opportunity to come here, you should know that you are very special. “