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He said he didn’t call himself “the greatest,” as that was Muhammad Ali. He rather referred to himself as “TBE” - the best ever. Asked how he would go about fighting Floyd Mayweather Jr., he replied, deadpan: “I wouldn’t fight Floyd Mayweather.”

Mayweather is due to also visit the cities of Bloemfontein, East London and Cape Town on his near week-long trip, which South Africa says will help “resuscitate” its own struggling boxing code. And he gave South Africans a glimmer of hope of their own Mayweather mega fight.

“It’s been a dream of mine to fight here,” he said.

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