Boxing Champ Floyd Mayweather, Jr., Mosaic Goes Up for Auction in United Kingdom
British artist Mark Kennedy specializes in mosaics.
With his father being "massive fan" of undefeated professional boxing champion Floyd Mayweather, Jr., he created a piece of the 37-year-old Grand Rapids native.
The 5,000-tile, black-and-white mosaic is going up for auction next Saturday in Manchester, United Kingdom.
The unique Mayweather piece is being auctioned off Jan. 31 at Vegas Fight Night at the Hilton Manchester Deansgate, with all monies raised going to local British charities, including Royal Manchester Children's Hospital, Once Upon A Smile and The Children's Adventure Farm Trust.
James Lindemann is director of Manchester Sports and Entertainment Limited, which organized the fund-raised. He claims to have sent a photo of the mosaic to Mayweather's contacts, and Mayweather reportedly was said to be "very impressed."
In a statement, Kennedy said: "If Floyd himself would bid on the mosaic it would be fantastic."
The piece is currently on display at Affleck's Palace in Manchester's City Centre. Organizers hope to raise "thousands of pounds" (a pound is currently worth about $1.50) with the auction, The Manchester Evening News reported.
Mayweather, whose nickname is "Money," is a 5-foot, 8-inch 147-pounder who's been fighting of late as a welterweight. His professional record is 47 wins and zero losses with 26 knockouts. He won world titles in several weight classes, and is the current super welterweight and welterweight champion for both the World Boxing Council (WBC) and the World Boxing Association (WBA).