FLOYD MAYWEATHER will work with the Chinese boxing team in a bid to help them to Olympic medal success.
The undefeated retired boxer, 42, has been recruited by the Chinese Boxing Federation (CBF) as a “special adviser” in the build-up to next year’s Olympic Games in Tokyo.
In a statement, the CBF claimed Mayweather has promised to “go all-out to use his influence and resources to support the Chinese boxing project in achieving excellent results at the Tokyo Olympics”.
The former welterweight king controversially won a bronze medal at the 1996 Olympics losing to Serafim Todorov in the semi-final.
Mayweather’s loss was highly contentious and led to the American quickly snubbing the amateurs in order to turn pro.
In the years to come he then encouraged young up and coming boxers throughout his career to turn professional early in order to earn more money.
However, his stance on Olympic boxing has since taken a U-turn.
China claimed three medals at Rio 2016 – but have not won gold since the 2008 Beijing games.
Boxing was once banned in China for 27 years before it was lifted in the 1980s.
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Mayweather travelled to Japan to promote his TMT brand and it is believed during these trips the 42-year-old made contact with the CBF.
The former five-weight world champion took part in a boxing exhibition in Tokyo against Japanese kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa on New Year’s Eve.
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Nasukawa was trounced in just a round, as Mayweather collected a £7million purse for the one-sided victory over the featherweight boxing novice.
During a visit to Hong Kong last month the American held preliminary talks with local boxing promoters DEF Promotions.
“Money” spoke about the possibility of hosting further exhibition bouts in Japan – with himself and his Mayweather Promotions fighters competing.