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January 16, 2018

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Mayweather back in the ring — a wrestling ring

There's gossip flying about Floyd Mayweather Jr. this morning and it has nothing to do with his hobby of throwing gobs of cash around Las Vegas night spots.

Last night the boxing champ unleashed a few right hooks in a ring -- a WWE wrestling ring at the Thomas and Mack Center, site of the pay-per-view event No Way Out. Now it seems that Mayweather will be scheduled to appear in a match at Wrestlemania next month.

On Sunday, the 5-foot-8, 154-pound boxer unleashed a series of right hands on the 7-foot-2, 440-pound Big Show (real name Paul Wright, a former Wichita State University basketball player).

Some are speculating that the punches were real. The Big Show was bleeding from the nose and mouth following the attack.

The huge Las Vegas crowd cheered loudly for the hometown Pretty Boy.

Mayweather's involvement in the WWE wouldn't be the first time real fighters made the transition. Mike Tyson had a run with the company, as have Mixed Martial Arts fighters Ken Shamrock and Tank Abbott.

Notables like Pete Rose and Lawrence Taylor also have used wrestling to help pay the bills.

It seems a little cheesy for a guy who may be the best boxer in the world. But we've seen Mayweather's life on HBO -- full of strange folks and situations like 50 Cent riding a scooter around his home.

Maybe he'll be right at home in the odd world of pro wrestling.

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