5 May, 2015. 11:55
IMRAN GASHKORI | Sports | [email protected]
“The Fight Of The Century” has been and gone. Mayweather wins by points and secures his place in boxing history. The greatest pound-for-pound boxer of this era. Pacquiao was tough but Floyd was smart. Is there anyone else.
The answer is yes.
There are thousands, just not many with entire nations pushing them into the ring.
One man, who’s own country is hesitant to support him, is the loudmouth Aboriginal-Australian known as Anthony Mundine. Or as he sells himself: “The Man” Mundine.
MONEY vs MAN: Will this mean 49-0?
The Money Team (TMT BOXING) have today announced that Floyd Mayweather Junior, the best boxer in the world and the highest paid athlete in the world, has finally welcomed the prospect of a fight with Anthony Mundine – set to happen at the Brooklyn Barclays Centre later this year.
In a quote from a TMT spokesperson today, it seems Mayweather may have blindly agreed to this bout, in the excitement that followed his win over Pacquiao.
“We don’t know much about [Mundine]. We know he is of a similar age and weight and that he has been walking around his home country in New Zealand [Australia] saying that he has what it takes to beat the champ. Well, Floyd doesn’t think so.”
The only provision set by the The Money Team is, funnily enough, whether or not Mundine has enough money to put into his share of the purse.
Money [Floyd Mayweather] won’t fight anyone who doesn’t have at least 15 big boys [15 million dollars US] on the table. If this chump can pay up, then he’ll get the chance to fight the champ – the date is set, we are just waiting on the scrilla.”
Floyd Mayweather’s record shows him to be a very gifted sportsman across four different weight divisions in pro boxing:
48 Wins (26 knockouts, 22 decisions), 0 Losses, 0 Draws
Whereas Anthony Mundine’s record is not as flattering at: 47 Wins (27 knockouts, 20 decisions), 6 Losses, 0 Draws. With his most recent fight being the surprise win against the much younger and previously undefeated, Sergey Rabchenko, in November.
After a successful career in Rugby League football, ‘Choc’ Mundine made his move to boxing in the year 2000, at age 25. Mundine has been very vocal over the years about his intent to fight Mayweather and according to his manager, Khoder Nasser, it only looks to be the money that is holding him back. Nasser explained:
“It’s obvious Choc hasn’t been swimming in rivers of gold, he’s fighting bouncers and parkinson’s riddled boxing veterans for christ’s sake. Team Mundine are very interested in the idea of a fight with Floyd, we just need the money”
Since the announcement, there has been a Kickstarter Crowd-funding campaign launched by several of Mundine’s die-hard followers, titled ‘Let’s Get Choc To Brooklyn’ – So far the campaign has raised upwards of $20,ooo.
Nasser believes this is a good start,
“Choc is willing to put in 6k of his own, I’m throwing in around $100,000 – his old boy’s putting in around about 5k as well. The rest will have to come from the fans and supporters.
As a former rugby league star, a Muslim and as an Aboriginal – “Choc” has a lot of different communities barracking for him
Aside from the money raised by Team Mundine, there is also many other notable Australians chipping in. Namely, Federal politicians Clive Palmer and Bob Katter, Hollywood star Russel Crowe, media tycoons James Packer and John Singleton as well as an array of Mundine’s sportstar friends.
If all goes ahead, TMT and Team Mundine have agreed the fight should go ahead in either late November or early December.