American boxing icon Floyd Mayweather was in Newcastle yesterday for a media event. He was taking part in a Q&A session when the question of him buying Newcastle United was broached.
TMZ has published the 43-year-old’s very intriguing response:
“In the U.S. we call it soccer, but the Newcastle football team is an unbelievable team, a hell of a team.”
“If the people want me to buy the Newcastle team, let me know!”
While it sounds like a joke, TMZ followed up with the Mayweather’s representatives and they claimed that he would be interested in buying a stake in Newcastle United. However, there has been no contact with Mike Ashley or his representatives.
The undefeated boxer with a record of 50 wins and no defeats is worth around $560m which is about £440m. So it’s unlikely he would be willing to buy Newcastle outright on his own.
We don’t see much of a chance of this happening though it does lead to some interesting talking points. Maybe he could get in touch with Amanda Staveley or Peter Kenyon and join one of their consortiums.
Chances of that are very minimal but it would certainly lead to some interesting times having Floyd Mayweather as part owner of Newcastle United.