Mayweather throws support behind SuperFest fundraiser


Floyd Mayweather Jr. doesn't do anything small time these days. Even his philanthropic endeavors are mega-events.

Through his foundation, the WBC welterweight champion has backed SuperFest, a two-day fundraiser that organizers hope will raise several million dollars for local educational causes and to help at-risk youth in Las Vegas.

The event, which will be from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and noon to 8 p.m. Sunday at the intersection of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Alta Drive, will include a four-hour telethon from 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday on Cox Cable channels 19 and 96. Tickets, priced at $10 for adults, will be available at the door. Children age 12 and under and seniors 55 and older will be admitted free.

"Floyd does several events every year, and he hasn't done anything yet in Las Vegas this year," said Tasha Robinson-White, president of the Floyd Mayweather Foundation. "This is a family event. Everyone is involved. Floyd is pro-education, and this is his way of showing support for education in the Las Vegas community."

The SuperFest is the latest charitable cause that Mayweather has supported. He underwrote the National Golden Gloves Championships that took place this month in his hometown of Grand Rapids, Mich., picking up the $160,000 tab to cover the tournament's expenses.

Mayweather was dealing with a death in his family Thursday and unavailable for comment. But organizers said he is expected to attend this weekend's fundraiser.

Robinson-White said Mayweather came up with the concept for SuperFest, which will include multicultural music performers and a variety of food vendors and restaurants.

"Floyd always says he likes to think outside the box, and he thinks big. He wants this to be very successful and become an annual event," she said.

Several education organizations, including Classroom on Wheels and The Tutoring Club, are expected to benefit from the money raised.

Mayweather, 39-0 with 25 knockouts, last fought Dec. 8, when he knocked out Ricky Hatton at the MGM Grand Garden.

Mayweather is tentatively scheduled to fight Oscar De La Hoya in September in Las Vegas in a rematch of their May 5, 2007, fight in which Mayweather won a split decision.

Contact reporter Steve Carp at scarp@reviewjournal.com or 702-387-2913.

 

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