Manyuchi handlers in ambitious Mayweather bid

HARARE - Oriental Quarries Boxing Promotions are muting an ambitious plan to bid for a fight between Charles Manyuchi and Floyd Mayweather, which they say is Africa’s chance to make its mark on the world boxing stage.

The Zambian stable’s quest has been inspired by Manyuchi’s recent success after the Masvingo-born pugilist stylishly defended his WBC international welterweight on Saturday night, flooring Colombia’s David Caceres on a third-round technical knockout.

However, it is unclear how such negotiations will be successful given Orientals Quarries’ cash flow problems.

Mayweather cannot jump into the ring for less than $8 million.

On the other hand, Manyuchi’s handlers have in the past struggled to raise 500 000 Zambia kwachas.

But against such odds, OQBP operations manager Chris Malunga is confident Manyuchi’s talents and recent exploits will be a major draw card to securing the fight against the self-praising pound-for-pound king.

Malunga made the statement he will lobby the WBC for Manyuchi to fight the unbeaten world welterweight champion next Saturday.

“We have Floyd Mayweather who is on top then we have Amir Khan who is the WBC silver champion. Then Charles Manyuchi, who is WBC international champion, which is a bronze,” Malunga said.

“Now my bid is go to the (WBC) convention and to try to convince the WBC to see if Africa can be given a chance to have a crack at the main belt.”

Manyuchi is currently the African Boxing Union (ABU) welterweight champion.

He has 15 wins, two losses and one draw and is 51st on the welterweight rankings.

But securing a Mayweather bout will be all about the money.

Mayweather based boxer is one of the highest paid athletes in the world.

Currently talks are at an advanced stage between the American and Filipino Manny Pacquiao for a fight which could happen in May next year.

That fight will see Pacquiao getting a guaranteed prize of $80 million.

Mayweather, on the other hand, will get $100 million.

Comments (1)

This is the fight that boxing fans across the world have been waiting for. This is one of the most highly-anticipated boxing events in the history of the sport.

Shahriar Khan - 18 March 2015

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