Floyd Mayweather Jr. is widely known for his spotless record. The five-division world champion is unbeaten in 46 career fights, including 26 wins by knockout. He has never lost. But there’s something else he’s never done.
He’s never fought outside the United States.
That single fact may very well change in the near future, however, as "Money" has expressed significant interest in fighting at Wembley Stadium in London, according Pat Sheehan of the The Sun (subscription required), via ESPN.co.uk. After watching Carl Froch defend his super-middleweight title against George Groves in front of 80,000 strong at Wembley, Mayweather wants in on a piece of the action.
He spoke to Sheehan, via ESPN.co.uk, about his future desires:
It's been a goal to come to the UK and put on a spectacular event and the plan is to do just that. I love all my fans in the UK and I want to go there and give a good show at Wembley before I retire. I plan to come in the near future. I want to continue to make history with the mega events we put on.
Mayweather has accomplished plenty throughout his career and arguably doesn't have anything else to prove, but he should venture outside the comforts of the U.S. for a bout before his career comes to an end. He is a recognizable figure all over the world, and fighting overseas would not only appeal to his international fanbase, but it would also simultaneously function as a way to promote his name even further.
If his priority is to make history by putting on mega events, it would be hard to beat a sold-out Wembley Stadium in front of over 80,000 fans. He can't find that kind of venue boxing in an American casino.
In addition, Wembley provides the perfect setting for a fight against Britain’s own Amir Khan. Mayweather hasn't needed to fight outside the U.S. to promote himself. On the other hand, Khan has welcomed the opportunity to travel overseas to fight worthy opponents in his career.
Khan recognizes what could be at stake in a fight against Mayweather. Not only would Khan finally have the opportunity to fight the world’s most famous boxer, but he would also do so on his own soil. The stage would be unlike any other, and a potential victory would give him unprecedented name recognition, per ESPN.co.uk:
It will be the biggest fight ever in Britain. Global interest would come to England and we'd sell out Wembley. I really want to bring this fight to the UK. I've fought all over the world and been top of bill but this would be so much bigger.
They have done a fantastic job hyping Groves and Froch but this fight is on another level. Floyd is boxing. Britain would shut down. It would be like the World Cup final of boxing.
Khan continued to praise the unbeaten American but stressed the importance of needing to be the one to fight Mayweather if he were to travel across the pond:
Mayweather is an event from the moment the fight's announced until it ends. No other boxer does it better. When he comes to the UK, I'm the only guy to fight him. My last win was a warning to the rest of the world and to fight Floyd soon would be massive. I'm the only guy.
As much as the boxing world wants to see Mayweather fight Manny Pacquiao, that isn’t likely to happen. Rather, boxing fans should get excited about the prospect of Money fighting overseas for the first time in his career in front of a sold-out Wembley Stadium.
Some people will say Mayweather doesn't need to go overseas to fight. He is the champion. He is undefeated. Opponents come to him. But at 37, Mayweather's career is coming to a close. His legacy is mostly cemented, but he can add another valuable chapter by taking a fight to London.
If his goal is to fight in the UK before he retires, what is he waiting for? Money has never been one to turn down a challenge or a chance to cash in a large check. Khan compared the potential fight to Britain's World Cup Final, so a unique opportunity is there for Mayweather to make history and increase the popularity of boxing in the UK. He would be wise to take it.
It would be a challenge for the undefeated champ that would further cement his legacy as one of the best boxers of all time.
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