ABU DHABI, UAE – Boxing great Floyd Mayweather Jr. danced and led the way in a one-sided show fight against former sparring partner and colleague retired “dangerous” Don Moore in Abu Dhabi on Sunday morning.
The former Welterweight world champion, dressed in UAE colors, spoke directly to the camera and chatted with the referee during the storm towards his outclassed fellow Americans.
This was the third exhibition appearance for the 45-year-old Mayweather, who retired from professional boxing with an unprecedented 50-0 record after defeating UFC star Connor McGregor in 2017.
Former Welterweight World Champion dominated YouTube star Logan Paul last June and defeated Japanese kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa by TKO in just two minutes in December 2018. Both battles were widely ridiculed.
“That’s it, I’m here to have fun and have fun,” said Mayweather, who was holding the round card and dancing with the Ring Girl during the eight-minute round fight.
Moore, who retired unbeaten but last fought professionally in 2016, was able to avoid a knock-out despite some deadly penalties, including a body shot that knocked him below the knee in the final round.
Mayweather was preparing to fight Moore last week before mourning the death of UAE President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan.
According to the report, the quickly restructured fight – which was only announced on Friday – was planned to take place in a helipad at the top of Burj Al Arab, one of Dubai’s most luxurious hotels.
Earlier, Belgium’s veteran Delphine Parson won a 10-round battle in a unanimous point decision against France’s previously undefeated Elham Mekhaled to claim the zero WBC Super-Featherweight Silver Belt.
Retired UFC great Anderson Silva, 47, wore boxing gloves to pay his respects to UAE-based Bruno Machado, and brutally knocked out two-time world champion Badu Jack, 38, Egyptian fighter Hani Atio in just 47 seconds.
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