Floyd Mayweather reveals he wants to buy NBA franchise
- Floyd Mayweather has stated his desire to own an NBA franchise
- Mayweather insisted he is looking for a team after meeting Magic Johnson
- The former world champion has been retired since the end of 2015
- But he could be set to return to the ring to take on UFC star Conor McGregor
Having already conquered the world of boxing during his perfect 49-fight career to date, Floyd Mayweather has now set his sights on the NBA.
The four-division world champion is retired having last fought in 2015, though the prospect of a bout with UFC star Conor McGregor looms large, and has been a regular courtside attendee at NBA games across the country in recent months.
Mayweather has posted an image of him meeting with NBA legend Magic Johnson, now the president of basketball operations at the Los Angeles Lakers, and has stated his desire to purchase a franchise.
Floyd Mayweather has met with Magic Johnson and wants to own an NBA franchise
Mayweather has been a regular attendee at NBA games, where he sits courtside
Here Mayweather is pictured talking to Isaiah Thomas of the Boston Celtics in January
MAGIC JOHNSON CAREER STATS
5× NBA champion (1980, 1982, 1985, 1987, 1988)
3× NBA Finals MVP (1980, 1982, 1987)
3× NBA Most Valuable Player (1987, 1989, 1990)
12× NBA All-Star (1980, 1982–1992)
He wrote: ‘Just had a great meeting with @magicjohnson.
‘It’s about time for me to buy an NBA team, if you’re ready to sell your NBA team, please get in touch with me.’
That may well be easier said than done, given there are only 30 teams in the NBA which are largely owned by some of the world’s richest people.
Mayweather is a regular at Staples Center to watch the LA Clippers, owned by former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, while Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov owns the Brooklyn Nets and the Kroenke family head up the Denver Nuggets.
He celebrated his 40th birthday by watching the Los Angelers Lakers face San Antonio Spurs
Mayweather, pictured with his winnings after backing Isaiah Thomas and the Celtics
In addition, Chicago Bulls legend Michael Jordan is owner and chairman of Charlotte Hornets and Usher is a minority owner of the LeBron James-led Cleveland Cavaliers.
He clearly knows a thing or two about the NBA, though, having posted an image of himself with more than $300,000 on his lap during a flight which he says he won by betting on Isaiah Thomas and the Boston Celtics to win in the play-offs.
While Mayweather has set his sights on the NBA, he still has the potential clash with McGregor very much on his mind.
There are concerns negotiations regarding the contest may have stalled, though, with the UFC worried they may be set to lose their biggest star for good.
Mayweather, pictured talking to former Laker Dwight Howard ahead of an LA Clippers game