Anthony Mundine claims he is ready to fight Floyd Mayweather Jr. in the future. The 37-year-old Australian boxer has explained he has a plan to fight his way up to Mayweather and avoid having any bouts in his home country. It is not clear if Floyd Mayweather is interested in this because he is still serving his sentence for domestic violence.
Mundine's Plans and Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Anthony Mundine seems determined to turn his back on Australia and stage his future fights in the United States. On July 14, he will face Bronco McKart in Las Vegas and has mentioned that this bout is part of his plan to eventually fight Floyd Mayweather Jr. Mundine's decision is obviously motivated by his need to prove something to his Australian fans. He has pointed out, "I think they're going to appreciate me more than my own country does. . . . Now I'm going to take it away from them [the Australians], they're going to wish they had come to watch me fight."
Will Floyd Mayweather Jr. be Interested?
Floyd Mayweather Jr. is still serving his 90-day jail sentence for domestic violence in Las Vegas. His attempts to change the sentence to house arrest or an earlier release have not worked at this point. It is not clear if Floyd Mayweather would actually be interested in eventually fighting Anthony Mundine.
Mundine faces the problem of name recognition and hype as he strives to reach Mayweather in a future bout. The last title he held was the interim WBA light middleweight belt. Although he is famous in Australian boxing circles, his name is rarely mentioned in the United States. His current record of 43-4 and previous WBA championship titles may not be enough for him to earn a spot with Mayweather in the ring.
Anthony Mundine has also mentioned that he is interested in fighting Saul Alvarez and Miguel Cotto before a possible bout with Floyd Mayweather. His ability to attain these fights is also not certain. Mundine has considered retirement in the past, and his recent revelations about wanting to fight Mayweather may be a final attempt for attention.
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