US boxing superstar, Floyd Mayweather Jnr has been appointed a special adviser to China’s Olympic boxing team, to help the team as they prepare for Tokyo 2020.
Chinese Boxing Federation made the announcement on its official account on Chinese social media platform WeChat.
The 42-year-old Mayweather, who has retired from the ring and whose last fight was an exhibition in Saitama, Japan, last December, has pledged to “go all-out to use his influence and resources to support the Chinese boxing project in achieving excellent results at the Tokyo Olympics.”
It’s not clear how the unbeaten boxer will help the Chinese Boxing Federation, but it is not the first time the Chinese sports body has hired experts from the United States.
Last year, renowned coach Tommy Brooks, the former trainer of former world heavyweight champion Evander “Real Deal” Holyfield, conducted a five-day training camp in Beijing.
Boxing was once banned in China for 27 years before the ban was lifted in the 1980s.