Havana, Oct 14 (EFE). – American retired boxer Floyd Mayweather, regarded as one of the greatest fighters of all time, made a brief trip to Cuba this week and uploaded photos of the visit to social media.
The images posted to his Twitter and Instagram accounts include one of Mayweather on a street in Old Havana, the city’s historical center, surrounded by admirers and dressed in a T-shirt and cap bearing his TMT (The Money Team) clothing and accessories brand.
Another shows the retired pugilist at a gym he visited to get a first-hand look at the training received by young fighters in Cuba, which has long been a hotbed of boxing talent, the government Web site Cubadebate reported, citing a member of Mayweather’s team that accompanied him during Tuesday’s visit.
Mayweather, listed by Forbes magazine as the world’s highest-paid athlete in 2015 with record earnings of $300 million, much of it from a much-ballyhooed May 2 fight against Filipino Manny Pacquiao, retired from boxing after one final defense of his welterweight title in September improved his unbeaten record to 49-0.
He was welcomed in Havana by 60-year-old legendary Cuban champion and trainer Jorge Hernandez, a gold medalist in the light flyweight division in the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal, Cubadebate said.
Other athletes have also visited the island since Cuba and the United States announced a plan last December to restore full diplomatic ties.
In June, former Real Madrid striker Raul Gonzalez and his New York Cosmos teammates played a friendly against the Cuban national team in Havana, a game attended by that club’s honorary president, Brazilian soccer legend Pele, who was making his first visit to Cuba.
A few weeks later, Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos, a United Nations Children’s Fund ambassador, visited Cuba to learn about Unicef’s projects on the Caribbean island.
Other celebrities have also touched foot in Cuba recently, including American pop star Katy Perry, who visited last weekend, and rock legend Mick Jagger, who traveled there a few days earlier and spurred rumors about a possible Rolling Stones concert on the island.
American socialite Paris Hilton, Barbadian singer-songwriter Rihanna, American singer and producer Usher and English supermodel Naomi Campbell have also traveled to the Caribbean island in 2015.
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