Massive boost for Ghana boxing as promoter Asamoah Gyan meets Mayweather
Ghana boxing promotion mogul Asamoah Gyan has met the most powerful man in boxing Floyd Mayweather Jnr in Miami to discuss catapulting Ghanaian boxers into world champions and doing joint massive boxing promotions in the world.
The meeting is believed have taken place in Miami on Sunday afternoon where Gyan is camping with the Black Stars ahead of the World Cup when the ‘Money’ Mayweather dropped by during a shopping trip near the Ghana team hotel.
Onlookers said bodyguards of the famous American boxer ushered Gyan to meet Mayweather and the duo were seen having a chat for some minutes before posing for pictures.
Gyan, who is Ghana’s captain going into the World Cup, is credited for helping to revive boxing in Ghana after years in the doldrums since the exit of the likes of Azumah Nelson and Ike Quartey.
Gyan has promoted some popular fights in Ghana and California and is seeking to take his boxing promotion passion to another level with the meeting with Mayweather.
Insiders say the two discussed the possibility of unearthing boxing talents from the talent-ridden country by relying on the influence of Mayweather.
Mayweather is an extremely talented fighter who wants to be superstar famous and mega-rich. His record stands at 41-and-0 with 25 knockouts. In recent years, he and Manny Pacquiao have been vying for the right to be called the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world.
Mayweather lives alone in a 23,000-square-foot house in Las Vegas. “When I was growing up,” he says, “seven of us lived in one bedroom. I got a closet now that’s bigger than that bedroom was.”
Floyd has never been married and has four children by two different women. A seven-man security detail that conjures up images of PEDs accompanies him at public functions. He takes pride in his appearance and has no tattoos. “I like the way I look without them,” he notes. “And I’m not a follower.”
Mayweather is obsessed with money to the point of having changed his sobriquet from “Pretty Boy Floyd” to “Money Mayweather.” When asked to name his heroes, he cites Bill Gates, Steve Wynn, Carlos Slim, Mark Cuban, and Warren Buffet; all hugely successful entrepreneurs. He’s often draped in expensive bling and brags about his winnings at Las Vegas sports books. The probability is that, like most gamblers, he loses more than he wins.
Mayweather can be seductively charming. He’s also very much into control. When he says “jump,” the people in his inner circle tend to ask, “How high?”
“I call the shots,” Floyd says. “Everything that goes my way isn’t always the right way. I know that. But I like things the way I like them.”
Asked for more in the way of self-description, Mayweather offers, “I don’t like to be lied to or disrespected. I ain’t never gonna punch a clock for nobody. I was born to be a winner. I’m happy with my life. I don’t hate on people. Some people say I’m an asshole, but I don’t hurt nobody. I got a heart. God must love me, because look where I’m at.”