Floyd Mayweather, having questioned whether the New York judges were paid to give James DeGale a majority draw in Saturday night’s thriller, now wants to sign Britain’s world super-middleweight champion.
Mr Money claims that he can make Chunky a star back home in Britain.
Mayweather is now the head of his own promotions company which staged DeGale’s epic battle with rival world super-middleweight champion Badou Jack, and which ended with them both keeping their belts.
Floyd Mayweather believes he could make James DeGale into a superstar in Britain
DeGale (right) fought Badou Jack in a majority draw in a thrilling contest on Saturday
Both fighters scored knockdowns and Jack pulled himself back into the contest
Of the result in the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, Mayweather said: ‘I may not come back to New York after this. Something isn’t right. Are they (the judges) being paid under the table?
‘I just want to be treated fair. This is happening because of my flamboyance.’
But when asked if he would like DeGale to join his growing stable of fighters, Mayweather said: ‘Absolutely, He has he star power to be a superstar. I would love to work with him.’
Mayweather questioned whether the judges had been paid and said it was ‘bad for boxing’
The Battle of Brooklyn – both men were knocked down and DeGale had a front tooth knocked out – was the Londoner’s fourth consecutive fight in the Americas… during which he was has won and thrice defended his IBF belt.
Mayweather says: ‘I’ll keep him in the UK and make him big over there. He’s one of the best fighters out there.’
DeGale is looking to a big homecoming event in London this summer, although his No 1 contender Callum Smith is now likely to switch for a fight against American Anthony Dirrell for the WBC title which Jack will vacate to move up to light-heavyweight.
The undefeated retired champion said: ‘I may not come back to New York after this’
Currently DeGale is promoted by Eddie Hearn but Mayweather wants to sign him
DeGale is promoted by Eddie Hearn, with Sky Sports broadcasting his fights in Britain, and is ‘advised’ by secretive US boxing impresario Al Haymon who has guaranteed him more than a million dollars for each of his fights abroad.
Nevertheless, quite shamelessly, Mayweather says: ‘I don’t think he’s with anyone. Nobody knows more about boxing than me. James DeGale we are proud of you and ready to take you to the next level.’
The man who made a $600 million fortune during his undefeated ring career, is scheduled to make a speaking tour of Britain this spring and adds: ‘I’ll be over there and we can hang out. He’s a cool guy, who looked up to me.’