Floyd Mayweather was warned “I’m not afraid of any human being” by Money Kicks, the social media influencer he is destined to fight with.
Mayweather is in talks to return to the ring next month, just days before her 45th birthday, to take on an internet personality who is 25 years younger.
Rashed Belhasa, known as “Money Kicks”, is a Dubai-based YouTuber and influencer known for flaunting his luxurious lifestyle.
He revealed to Sky Sports that talks to fight Mayweather are in the “last phase” – they will clash in “a real fight” over eight rounds on the helipad of the Burj Al Arab Jumeirah hotel in Dubai.
Money Kicks said: “I grew up with lions, I’m not afraid of any human being.
“I will never fear any human being.”
Mayweather had teased this fight last week when he said, “Money Kicks is doing great things and I love what I see.”
Money Kicks has now revealed how their unlikely match was formed: “I never thought I’d ever fight Floyd. He’s the best fighter ever. When I was young, I collected his ‘The Money Team’ hats!
“The Mayweather team asked my team to meet. We thought, ‘This will never happen!’
“On the same day of the match, I saw Mayweather say, ‘I’d love to fight Rashed.’
“He is serious.
“It’s an honor that you called me out.
“I thought, ‘It’s going to go viral!'”
Money Kicks, 20, was inspired by the fight between KSI and Logan Paul, which was a turning point for YouTuber boxing.
He has since held two boxing events in Dubai, headlining both of them and scoring two wins in the ring.
He said about how to tackle his next fight: “Mayweather is too fast – I have to be close and go crazy with him!
“I’m not going to lie to myself. Getting into the ring with him is an honor. I’ll do my best.
“You never know: any punch can land and I have heavy hands.
“If you underestimate me? A punch can come. Anything can happen.
“I am much taller than him.
“I’m getting there. Every day I’m learning. I’m still young but I’m getting better and better.”
Since retiring in 2017 with a spectacular 50-0 record, Mayweather has returned to the ring for exhibition matches.
He beat Tenshin Nasukawa and, earlier this year, reached the eight-round distance with Logan Paul.
“Logan made history,” Money Kicks said. “The whole world was talking about their struggle.
“He’s already given me tips on how to fight Mayweather.
“He told me to flinch a lot and move a lot, because Mayweather is a fast guy who has experience.
“If I knocked him out, I wouldn’t sleep for a year!”
Money Kicks plans to extend his boxing career even beyond next month’s Mayweather fight.
He has four fights scheduled, in Saudi Arabia and London, during which he will make his professional debut against another social media star before battling an experienced boxer.
“People think I’m crazy because boxing is big in London, but here? Boxing is cool in Dubai,” he said.
“People think I’m a professional fighter. When they see me they go crazy.
“Everyone thinks I’m the Mayweather of Dubai!”
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