Floyd Mayweather’s lucrative boxing return suffers coronavirus setback

Floyd Mayweather's hopes of making a lucrative return to the boxing ring this year have suffered a setback due to coronavirus affecting travel restrictions.

The 43-year-old officially retired from the sport after his 2017 win over UFC star Conor McGregor in their crossover superfight.

Since then Mayweather has competed once, but in an exhibition bout against Japanese kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa, and was set to hold fresh talks over a similar match-up in the coming months.

However the former four-weight world champion is prohibited from flying to Tokyo as Japan's borders are currently shut due to the coronavirus, even if he wanted to make the trip in his private jet.

That has put discussions for his next fight on ice, with Mayweather still keen for another payday.

He said last month: "I got a couple of exhibitions, I’m doing little exhibitions overseas.

“It’s paying though.”

Mayweather was estimated to have earned £7million for his brief showcase in the ring against Nasukawa in 2018, whom he knocked out in less than three minutes.

He is eyeing further ventures in Japan, having set up a new arm of his promotion company The Money Team there.

His management company Libera are also partners with Kyoei boxing gym, situated in Tokyo.

Promotion firm RIZIN are interested in getting Mayweather back for another show, while the boxer himself has teased a link-up with UFC's president Dana White in the near future.

Meanwhile heavyweight Dillian Whyte has slammed Mayweather for choosing his opponents, aiming particular criticism at his aforementioned clash with McGregor.

"A lot of guys cherry-pick, like Floyd Mayweather with Conor McGregor," Whyte told World Boxing News. "We all knew Floyd was going to beat McGregor.

"Anyone with any sense knows in a boxing match Floyd's going to beat him because Conor ain't got the skill."

Mayweather has been back in the gym training for a potential bout, and continues to work with young talents in TMT's stable, including lightweight propect Gervonta Davis.

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