Mayweather ‘adopts’ panda, names it after himself

Retired American boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr., looks at his newly adopted giant panda ''TMT Floyd Mayweather'' at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding in Chengdu city, southwest China's Sichuan province, 30 November 2017. A giant panda at the Chengdu Panda Base was named after boxing legend Floyd Mayweather. Born on July 26, 2016, the panda's name was changed from Mao Dou to TMT Floyd Mayweather on Thursday (30 November 2017) after the American boxer donated 100,000 yuan (US$15,000) towards its adoption. The other contributor is Beijing Branson Sports Culture Co., Ltd, which also sponsored the boxer's trip to China. Mayweather arrived in Beijing last Sunday (26 November 2017) and has since climbed the Great Wall and practiced writing his name in Chinese brush.

He hardly has a reputation as the cuddly type, but Floyd Mayweather displayed his softer side as he adopted a baby giant panda in China — and promptly renamed it “TMT Floyd Mayweather”.

The 40-year-old American boxing star will, however, have to leave the panda at its home in southwest China and the 100,000 yuan ($15,000) adoption fee paid by him and another sponsor will go to the research centre where it lives.

“TMT” is Mayweather’s brand, short for “The Money Team”, a nod to the vast wealth he accrued boxing and now regularly flaunts.

Mayweather retired for a second time this year after stopping MMA star Conor McGregor to improve his record to 50-0.

Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding showed pictures of the visiting Mayweather admiring and feeding his panda an apple and taking a selfie.

His adopted panda was born in July 2016 and was previously called “Maodou”, or soybean.

Mayweather’s donation allows him to visit the panda and have it called by the name he wishes for a year, as well as receive greeting cards “from” the animal.

Mayweather is on a tour of China that is taking in Beijing, Chengdu, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Macau.

He has not made clear the trip’s purpose but implied on Instagram that he was being paid.

“Coming here with 23 people has been a great experience and it doesn’t hurt to get paid $3,000,000 to simply visit and vacation here in luxury for a few days,” Mayweather said in a posting this week that accompanied a photo of him on the Great Wall.