ByJoshua Molina, writer at Creators.co
Award-winning journalist. Covers mixed martial arts and professional wrestling and the convergence of the two industries.
Joshua Molina

Floyd Mayweather Jr. retired last year with a record of 49-0. He is widely regarded as one of the best boxers of all time.

But now, Mayweather Jr. believes he has found someone who could shine even brighter than him: bantamweight fighter Shakur Stevenson.

“The first time I ever saw him box, I saw him at the Mayweather Boxing Club and we were interested [in signing him],” Mayweather Jr. told Yahoo! sports. “We thought he was a pro because he was boxing another up-and-coming top fighter, and he looked unbelievable.”

Stevenson defeated Tsendbaatar Erdenebat at the Olympics in Rio on Tuesday, winning by unanimous decision.

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Mayweather Jr. is currently trying to sign Stevenson to a deal with his Mayweather Promotions, according to Yahoo. He praised the 19-year-old fighter.

“I see the next Floyd Mayweather,” he said. “If anybody can break my records, this young kid here can do it. I truly believe in him.”