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Floyd Mayweather lands new job ahead of Tokyo Olympics

BOXING By Mirror | July 23rd 2019 | 2 min read
Floyd Mayweather has become a special advisor for China's boxing team  [Courtesy]

Floyd Mayweather has become a special advisor for China's boxing team ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

The Chinese Boxing Federation announced the appointment of the former five-division world champion in a post on their official account on Chinese social media platform WeChat.

They said Mayweather has pledged to "go all-out to use his influence and resources to support the Chinese boxing project in achieving excellent results at the Tokyo Olympics".

Mayweather has not commented on the appointment whilst further details have not been given regarding his role.

It marks an intriguing transition for the legendary fighter, who retired from professional boxing with an undefeated 49-0 record in 2015.

He returned to beat UFC superstar Conor McGregor in 2017 and also took part in an exhibition match against Japanese kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa in December.

He has not appeared in a ring since, although he has been linked with a stunning rematch with Filipino legend Manny Pacquaio, who he out pointed in a lucrative 2015 clash.

He watched on at ringside at the weekend as Pacquaio beat undefeated Keith Thurman with an impressive performance.

"That doesn’t surprise me. That’s Manny Pacquiao," Mayweather declared after the fight.

After his latest win, Pacquiao insisted he will not fight again this year due to his commitments as a Senator in his homeland.

On Mayweather, he said: "I don't have an idea, my plan this time is one fight at a time.

"He's in retirement and he's enjoying his retirement; he's inactive. If he's willing to come back and willing to fight me, then at the time he will announce it, and we can say yes."

It seems Mayweather may also now have other commitments as he advises the Chinese boxing team, bidding to improve their haul of four boxing medals at Rio 2016.

He won a bronze medal in the 1996 Olympics after a controversial semi-final points defeat. which his US team protested.

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