World’s high­est-paid ath­lete uses fan in­ter­est in the build-up to his to show off

Fi­nal fight

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With two weeks to go be­fore Floyd “Money” May­weather Jr has the last fight of his box­ing ca­reer, he has set tongues rolling with how he is pre­par­ing for the bout. May­weather ducks the ropes for his 49th pro­fes­sional bout against An­dre Berto at MGM Grand in Las Ve­gas on Septem­ber 12. At stake will be May­weather’s World Box­ing Coun­cil and World Box­ing As­so­ci­a­tion wel­ter­weight ti­tles, as well as his per­fect record.

A win will en­able him to equal Rocky Mar­ciano’s un­blem­ished record of 49-0.

The man nick­named Money be­cause of his pen­chant for dis­play­ing his riches pub­licly did some­thing in keep­ing with his name at his public work­out this week.

Ev­ery fighter works a punch­ing bag in prepa­ra­tion for a big fight, but only May­weather would think to do it while hold­ing a mas­sive stack of cash.

“I need mo­ti­va­tion; let me hold it while I’m train­ing,” he said on In­sta­gram this week as he grabbed the cash. The clip can be viewed on YouTube.

Last week he flaunted his wealth by show­ing off a new flashy sports car, the Koenigsegg CCXR Tre­vita, which costs a cool $4.8 mil­lion (R63 mil­lion).

As he pre­pares for his up­com­ing bout with Berto, May­weather has also re­vealed “the king sleeps good ev­ery night, from head to toe” as he gave fans a glimpse into his life away from the ring.

Along with glimpses of how he steps up his train­ing regime be­fore a fight, May­weather also posted a se­ries of snaps on In­sta­gram pos­ing on a bed.

At heart, he re­mains one of the finest de­fen­sive box­ing tal­ents in history. He held fans spell­bound dur­ing an open train­ing ses­sion this week as he slipped punches with ease against sev­eral spar­ring part­ners at his May­weather Box­ing Club.

His work­out, also cap­tured on YouTube, set Twit­ter buzzing with com­ments from spec­ta­tors, most of them say­ing May­weather would be missed when he hung up his gloves.

One com­men­ta­tor praised the way the cham­pion threw body shots dur­ing spar­ring, say­ing the 38-yearold must have been “a beast when he was younger”, judg­ing by the way he hit the punch­ing bag.


PREVIEW Floyd May­weather Jr (left) spars with Don Moore dur­ing a work­out

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