Boxing: Mayweather fancies a second career in movies

Floyd Mayweather (left) sparring with boxer Ramon Montano during a workout at the Mayweather Boxing Club in Las Vegas last month. The American pound-for-pound king is set for his last fight on Sept 12.
Floyd Mayweather (left) sparring with boxer Ramon Montano during a workout at the Mayweather Boxing Club in Las Vegas last month. The American pound-for-pound king is set for his last fight on Sept 12.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

WASHINGTON • Floyd Mayweather Jr said on Wednesday that he is more likely to end up in movies than keep boxing, as he rounded on his critics ahead of what he insists will be his last fight.

The unbeaten pound-for-pound king takes on massive underdog Andre Berto on Sept 12 in Las Vegas in a welterweight world title fight that has so far failed to capture the public imagination.

The American, 38, will make it 49-0 with victory - equalling the record of heavyweight legend Rocky Marciano - and has consistently said he will hang up his gloves afterwards.

In a conference call with reporters, Mayweather and Leonard Ellerbe, chief executive officer of Mayweather Promotions, said there had been "significant" entertainment offers for the champion after he calls it quits - including three "major" movie possibilities in the last week alone.

"I've been approached on numerous occasions (to act) but I'd rather be behind the scenes. I've had my time to shine," said Mayweather, who is not taking acting classes.

Fight fans and pundits have hit out at Mayweather's choice of Berto (30-3), who has lost three of his last six fights.

"When you are in my shoes, they are always going to criticise," said Mayweather.

"I couldn't care less. Nobody is forced to watch. Watch if you want to watch, don't watch if you don't want to watch.

"Write about it if you want to write about it. If you don't want to write about it, don't."

AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 04, 2015, with the headline 'Mayweather fancies a second career in movies'. Print Edition | Subscribe