British middleweight sensation Anthony Ogogo is aiming to emulate the career of one of the most successful boxers in the history of the sport – Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather.
The 25-year-old is set to feature in the undercard for Mayweather’s welterweight defence against Marcos Maidana this weekend in Las Vegas, and he hopes to meet and learn from his idol while he has the chance.
“He’s the pinnacle of the sport, but I want to be the best and take over his mantle," Ogogo declared.
"It’s not in my nature to get into something to be second best.
“It’s the biggest stage in boxing, when Mayweather fights the boxing world comes to a stand still.
“He’s the richest sportsman in the world. I should get the chance to speak to him and just sitting on the same table as him during the press conference, I want to soak all of these experiences up.
"He’s got three fights left in his career, so there’s limited time to do this.”
Ogogo, in his sixth professional bout, is to fight the New York-born boxer Jonel Tapia – another stepping stone for the Brit on his path to world-domination.
The London 2012 Olympic bronze medal winner hopes that, following what will be his first fight at the MGM Grand Hotel, that he will soon be able to make the grade and become the main attraction at the venue in the future.
Mayweather is estimated to have earned more than £170 million in prize money since the first of his 45 undefeated fights, and if Ogogo can get anywhere near that amount he will be able to consider himself a great success.
When the British fighter first arrived at the MGM Grand Arena he was greeted by a rather daunting 20-foot boxing ring with a huge gold lion in the middle. The whole place is absolutely thriving in anticipation of Mayweather’s big fight at the weekend.
“I want to be topping bills in Vegas and taking 20,000-30,000 Brits over here like Ricky Hatton used to. If I keep working hard, I don’t see why I can’t.
“This is only my sixth fight. A lot of British fighters will be fighting in a working men's club in their sixth fight, not the MGM Grand.
“So I do feel really lucky. But I've still got so much more to achieve and by the time it's my 26th fight it will hopefully be me at the top of the card in Vegas.”
Ogogo added: “I want to put on a great display because when the next Mayweather event comes to Vegas, I want the nod to be on it again.
“I'd like to knock him out, don't get me wrong. It's an entertainment business.”
There is certainly a symmetry between Mayweather and his self-proclaimed successor. The American was also a bronze medal winner at an Olympics, coming third in the 1996 Atlanta Games in the featherweight division.
There are similarities outside of the ring, too, with both men having appeared on TV shows which have only enhanced their celebrity status.
Ogogo was due to fight on the undercard of 'Money’s' victory over Saul Alvarez in Vegas last year but had to pull out because of injury, something he admits he was gutted about.
"When you miss out on anything you find out how much you desperately want it," he said.
"Last time I was injured and sat at home absolutely gutted. This time I will fight an hour before Mayweather and then I'll be able to watch the greatest boxer of our generation."
Ogogo overcame County Durham's Greg O'Neill in his last bout by winning all six of their rounds in Glasgow.
It means the Brit has two stoppages from his five fights, having won the rest by going the distance, but he expects to benefit from stepping up from six round bouts.
He possesses great speed and fitness, which as fights draw on, will play a big part as he looks to knock his tiring opponents out. He is the heavy favourite for his fight against Tapai and he will hope to provide an entertaining display to get the crowd going in the build up to the main event.
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