Undefeated boxing champion Floyd Mayweather has confirmed that he is looking into the possibility of buying the Los Angeles Clippers, but refused to publicly condemn Donald Sterling.
According to the Daily Mail, Mayweather admitted that the chance to take control of a major franchise was something that he would leap at, and went as far as to claim that he could easily find the money to back his intentions. Rumours have been rife over the last two days concerning who will replace Sterling as the owner of the Clippers, following the racist saga which has assured his swift exit from the NBA.
The fallout from Sterling’s comments to his wife over bringing black players to Clippers games has been massive, and now a number profile ex-sportsmen, pop artists and media moguls have registered their interest in taking the reigns at the Los Angeles franchise.
Mayweather said: “Do I want to buy the Clippers? Yes I do. I can bring together a group of people who can afford it.
“Buying a major league franchise is something I want to add to our growing Mayweather Promotions business, which is no longer only about boxing. We are already in clothing, music, movies.
“Personally I can’t say anything negative about him [Sterling]. He’s always behaved beautifully to me. Always invites me to their games. Always sit me next to him and his wife. Though I don’t know about the mistress.”
It’s thought it will cost around $1.8billion to purchase the Clippers, and to begin with Mayweather is reportedly ready to stump up the $40million he would earn should he beat Marcos Maidana this weekend.