Moneybags: Floyd Mayweather’s tour of South Africa was cut short by a day. picture:Getty Images
Floyd Mayweather’s visit to the country has been hailed as a great success and described by champion Hekkie Budler as “exactly what the doctor ordered”.
Budler, who was a guest at the gala dinner on Friday night where Mayweather announced he would fight his last boxing match in September, said the ‘Money’s visit would lift up the sport.
“I think it was a great initiative. I was there and I got to learn a few things from him. He is a good boxer and this will lift up the sport. There was a time when we had a lot of world champions being produced in South Africa, but not anymore. This is what the doctor has ordered for boxing,” Budler said.
Following the coaching clinic at the Dube Boxing Club, for more than an hour Mayweather talked about his wealth, his next opponents and other issues that had nothing to do with ‘reawakening the giant’ a theme he was expected to expound on during his SA tour.
Mayweather’s visit was reduced from five to four days. As a result the five-division world champion will not visit East London, a region that has always produced iconic boxers.
The department of sport and recreation labelled the American boxer’s visit a success and disclosed that they had raised over R800,000.
“We had coaching clinics and we raised the money we wanted, so his visit was a success. He promoted boxing. We could not go to places like the Eastern Cape because his visit had to be shortened,” spokesperson for Sport and Recreation, Paena Galane, said.
“What we will do next is implement the decisions that were taken during last year’s Boxing Indaba.
“Next on the sports minister’s to do list will be to announce increased transformation in sport.”
Mayweather’s last public appearance before jetting off to the US with his entourage was at the gala dinner at the Emperors Palace on Friday evening.
The still undefeated boxer said he was adamant that he would know his next opponent for the upcoming May bout before the end of this week.
Amir Khan of Great Britain is a hot favourite to take on Mayweather in four months’ time, but people want to see Mayweather face Manny Pacquiao.
Mayweather’s mooted 2015 retirement date is likely to coincide with the end of his pay-per-view deal with Showtime.