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'Money' packs punch for South Africa

Updated: 2014-01-16 07:33
By Associated Press in Cape Town ( China Daily)

Boxing legend embarks on mission to raise sport's profile during visit

Forget world's best fighter; Floyd Mayweather Jr is rated by the South African government as the world's greatest athlete and is looking to him to "resuscitate" boxing in the country.

Mayweather was scheduled to arrive on Wednesday for a six-day visit, his first to Africa and a triumph for the country that finally got its man after trying to lure the 36-year-old superstar as guest of honor at the national sports awards last year.

'Money' packs punch for South Africa