Floyd ‘The Money’ Mayweather was seen leaving a Gucci store in South Africa surrounded by armed guards after having ‘spent $7 million’ inside.
Video showed several armed security guards, including one wearing a hoodie branded by Mayweather’s boxing promotion company The Money Team, walking through a shopping center in Sandton City, Johannesburg, with Mayweather in tow.
DailyMail.com wrote to the Mayweather Jr. Foundation and the boxer’s own public relations team for comment on the validity of claims that he spent $7 million at the store, but did not hear back.
The boxer was in the country as part of his ‘Fatherland Tour’, which ended on July 16 but began in neighboring Zimbabwe on July 13.
A man with the Mayweather logo carries him out of a Gucci store in Johannesburg armed with a rifle.
Floyd ‘The Money’ Mayweather is seen outside the Gucci store in Sandton City with a heavily armed entourage
Mayweather also hosted a dinner banquet to raise money for South African youth in boxing through his Youth Empowerment Program at the Sandton Convention Center on July 15.
Upon his arrival in South Africa, he told local media that he was there to support young boxers.
“I am proud to honor and celebrate the South African boxing legends who paved the way for the youth and left an indelible mark in South Africa and abroad,” he said.
He added: ‘It’s been a difficult period where the industry has had to deal with a crippling global pandemic, but we’ve come this far. It is through sports, particularly boxing and music, that nations unite.”
As part of the tour, Mayweather held an event at a soccer field in Mabvuku, one of Zimbabwe’s oldest black townships.
Hundreds chanted “Mayweather mbinga…mbinga,” which translates to “Mayweather…the rich guy,” as he punched a punching bag and performed other exercises, the Associated Press reported.
Earlier, after exiting his private plane, Mayweather briefly addressed local reporters and made it clear he was delighted to be in Africa.
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In Mabvuku, on the outskirts of the capital Harare, fans were treated to live music and exhibition fights from local boxers, young and old.
Mayweather made his appearance four hours after the crowd had assembled. People also sang and danced while he watched on a big screen.
Floyd Mayweather holds a junk basket of cash upon arrival at Robert Mugabe Airport in Harare, Zimbabwe, on July 13.
Mayweather is seen arriving at Robert Mugabe airport for what he calls the Motherland Tour
Mayweather attends an event on the outskirts of the capital Harare, Zimbabwe on July 13.
His visit followed an earlier meeting with Pedzisayi ‘Scott’ Sakupwanya, a Zimbabwean gold dealer. Two years ago, after bumping into Mayweather in Dubai, Sakupwanya told Zimbabweans that he was bringing the American boxer to Zimbabwe.
“It shows that everything else I promised you, I will deliver,” he told the crowd.
Organizers previously announced that Mayweather, who they said will help build schools and hospitals in the area, will also visit South Africa during his tour.
Mayweather also met with Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa in Harare.
Alfonso Zvenyika, former Commonwealth Boxing Champion, was part of the special day at Mabvuku.
“In my heyday, I thought boxing would get me to where Mayweather is now, where I didn’t have to worry about my next meal or my kids’ school fees,” Zvenyika told The Associated Press.
But it didn’t go as planned. Today, I can only be a backdrop for Floyd. I’m not jealous of him, he’s a great fighter. I’m just honored to be fighting in the same ring that he’s showing his skills in, I’m just honored to be invited here for Floyd’s visit to our country. I am part of history.’