Floyd Mayweather Jr’s post-boxing escapades may be taking him into the world of soccer next.
In a recent print interview with British newspaper The Daily Star Sunday, the retired five-division champion expressed interest in buying Newcastle United of the Premier League.
“I love Newcastle. Those guys like to party as hard as any city I have been to anywhere in the world,” said Mayweather, according to Brian Campbell of CBS Sports. “I met some of the players last year and they are good guys. I am always open to new business opportunities and I love all sports, but I invest with my head not my heart.
“Investing with your heart is the quickest way to lose money,” Mayweather added. “But if somebody put together a business plan and my people looked over it and went ‘Floyd, that can make money,’ then I would invest. Soccer might not be my game but I’ve got connections everywhere.”
Mayweather then turned his attention to a well-known Real Madrid star.
“Cristiano Ronaldo has been a long-time supporter and buddy of mine, so I might even be able to get him to finish his career off at Newcastle,” he said.
Newcastle currently sits at 13th this season in the Premier League, England’s top soccer league. This is their first season back in the PL after an 18th place-finish in 2015-16 got them relegated to the lower-level EFL Championship.
Current Newcastle owner Mike Ashley announced back in October that the club was being put up for sale. Meanwhile, Ronaldo, 33, is signed with Real Madrid through 2021 but has recently been said to want out over their perceived delay in extending him a new contract offer.
As for Mayweather himself, he definitely has the means to swing a purchase of Newcastle with his net worth estimated at nearly $1 billion. But he may have his sights set on another sporting venture first.