Floyd Mayweather and The Money Team visit Cuba

Posted: 14-Oct-15 09:46

Floyd Mayweather Jr maybe the best boxer of his generation and one of the greatest fighters of all time were recently in Havana for a brief visit. Having arrived in Cuba's capital only yesterday, Mayweather wasted no time and visited famed Rafael Trejo Boxing Gym. He was photographed in Havana's streets smiling and surrounded by fans.

Floyd Mayweather and The Money Team visit Cuba

Proudly showing off some snapshots of himself in Cuba and thus announcing his arrival to the Caribbean country’s capital through his social media account, U.S. boxing champion, Floyd Mayweather Jr. wasted no time since he touched down in Havana’s Jose Marti International Airport (HAV) yesterday.

Floyd Mayweather at Rafael Trejo Boxing Gym

He was only in the capital for a few hours before he boarded a flight back Miami yesterday night but he sure made his time in Cuba count. He managed to squeeze a visit to historical landmark, the Morro Cabaña Fortress before heading to the Rafael Trejo gym, an iconic boxing ring at the heart of the city.

Myaflower’s one-day visit to Havana was packed to the brim and not only did he spare time to get snapped up among fans, he also toured the city’s boxing facilities escorted by no other than Jorge Hernandez, a boxing coach and local legend.

Floyd Mayweather in Havana, Cuba

According to El Nuevo Herald it was Cuba professional boxer, Yuriorkis Gamboa who put Mayflower in touch with Hernandez ahead of his trip to Cuba.

Willie Suarez, a devoted fighter for Cuban boxers and the man behind the Deporte Cubano USA website explained:

"Yuri and Jorge have always been very close and this facilitated the visit."

He also added that during his time in Havana, Mayflower visited various sports facilities to get to know from a closer perspective what Cuba does with its young boxing hopefuls. As a country that produces such talented boxers this was something close to his heart.

Hernadez added:

"We were in the Rafael Trejo (gym). “People started to come out, he was joking with the kids. He promised to come back."

However, getting photographed on Havana’s open-air boxing rings, speaking to local boxing experts and saluting fans were not Mayflower’s main purpose of travel to Cuba. According to El Nuevo Herald rumour has it that he was especially sent there by Al Haymon, who at the moment is exploring ways to strike up future business deals with Cuba’s boxers.

Floyd Mayweather measuring Morro lighthouse

As founder of the Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) and the man behind Mayweather’s career success, Haymon is reckless in his search for new talents. He already has a few Cuban boxers under his wing, like Rances Barthelemy and Erislandy Lara, who will fight on 25th November at Hialeah Park.

Could Haymond be trying to oversee the first encounter among Cuban boxers fighting at home and amateur boxers from the U.S? At least that’s what one Cuban promoter, Boris Arencibia, dreams of.

"My company is committed to the aim of making boxing happen in Havana. This is a genuine desire of us for Cubans to be able to see their champions who live in the U.S. and help the boxers that live over here. That’s going to happen. For Sure."


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