Undefeated, retired boxer Floyd Mayweather has once again sparked rumours that he is interested in purchasing a stake in an NBA franchise.
The 49-0 former world champion across four different weight classes is a frequent attendee at L.A Lakers and L.A Clippers fixtures and expressed and interest in the latter back in 2014, following the Donald Sterling saga.
At the press conference for the Adrien Broner and Ashley Theophane fight - two boxers Mayweather has a vested interest in - 'Money' suggested he may be ready to move away from the lavish sports gambling that's ensued since his retirement and follow his dream to become an NBA owner.
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Mayweather said: “You guys know I like to bet on sports, but I’m looking forward to stepping back from betting in sports right now.
“I’m looking forward to probably getting into ownership of an NBA team.”
When pressed about what exact franchise 'Pretty Boy' might have his eye on, the former WrestleMania 24 star kept his cards close to his chest, simply stating: “I don’t really know right now.”
Apart from a glittering boxing career, one thing that people readily associate with Mayweather is vast wealth. He is well known for posting pictures of his cash on Instagram, as well as winning betting slips for obscene amounts of money.
The founder of Mayweather promotions, of which Theophane boxes out of, has been listed as the highest paid athlete in the world in three of the last four years by Forbes. It's also speculated that he made $220 million dollars from his long-awaited clash with Manny Pacquiao and the WWE paid him $20 million for his bout with the Big Show.
After seeing an opportunity to climb aboard the Clippers back in 2014, Mayweather told ESPN: “I called Al today about that to see if me, Leonard and Al, and hopefully Richard and a couple of other guys, a couple other of my billionaire guys, we can come together and see what we can come up with. Hopefully, we can do it, and it’s not just talk.
“With me, I can’t come in talking about Mayweather only gonna get 3 percent, 4 percent. I got to get a solid percentage. Do we want to buy the Clippers? Yes, we do. We are very, very interested in buying the Clippers. We’ll keep the Clippers right where they’re at."
While boxing has proved to be Mayweather's lifeblood, basketball has clearly always been a strong passion of the 39-year-old's.
Mayweather, who was born in Michigan but resides in Las Vegas, left no doubt about his propensity to own a franchise, saying: “When I’m not boxing, I’m at the games all the time. We do want to buy the Clippers. Me and my team do want to buy the Clippers, and we can afford the Clippers.”