FLOYD MAYWEATHER admittedly didn’t train hard for his show with YouTuber Deji, but was “just kidding.”
The boxing legend returns for eight rounds of spectacle at the Coca-Cola Arena on Sunday night.
It’s his third showing this year, but Mayweather insisted he barely worked a sweat.
He said: “I never train that hard when it comes to an exhibition. But I’m looking forward to getting out there and just having fun.”
Mayweather, 45, retired in 2017 after beating ex-UFC champion Conor McGregor, 34, but has had four exhibition fights since then.
Most recently, he knocked out Japanese MMA contender Miruku Asakura, 30, on a RIZIN bill.
That came after he faced kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa, 24, YouTuber Logan Paul, 27, and ex-sparring partner Don Moore.
Mayweather and Moore were scheduled to box exceptionally on a hotel HELIPAD 700 feet above sea level in May.
But the death of UAE President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed al-Nahyan at the age of 73 meant it was scrapped and headed to Abu Dhabi a week later.
Mayweather dominated the fight over the distance and returns to his happy hunting ground in the Middle East.
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He said: “I’m delighted to be back in the UAE.
“It’s always great to come here – so many beautiful people, a peaceful country and I’m ready to go and entertain what I do best.”
Mayweather added: “I’m excited to bring this incredible boxing experience to Dubai. I’m happy to be back.
“I couldn’t do it without my team. We are a driving force as long as we keep working together.
“On Sunday, the Mayweather entertainment team will give people what they want to see.”
https://www.the-sun.com/sport/6659677/floyd-mayweather-trained-exhibition-deji/ Floyd Mayweather, 45, admits he hasn’t trained hard for the exhibition fight with YouTuber Deji and is “just having fun”.