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Former boxing champion Floyd Mayweather receives award in Israel

The U.S. athlete also met with United Hatzalah volunteers.

Former professional boxer Floyd Mayweather, Jr. visits United Hatzalah’s headquarters in Jerusalem on March 12, 2024. Credit: United Hatzalah.
Former professional boxer Floyd Mayweather, Jr. visits United Hatzalah’s headquarters in Jerusalem on March 12, 2024. Credit: United Hatzalah.

Floyd Mayweather Jr., an undefeated former professional boxer widely regarded as one of the best in the sport, visited Aish HaTorah and the United Hatzalah headquarters in Jerusalem on Tuesday.

“Mayweather was one of the first to support and mobilize his resources in solidarity with the State of Israel,” United Hatzalah stated. “After first sending his private plane to deliver medical equipment to the country to help those injured, Mayweather embarked yesterday on a visit to see and support Israel from up close.”

Floyd Mayweather, Jr.
Floyd Mayweather Jr. at the Western Wall on March 2, 2024. Credit: Ezra Amsallem/Aish HaTorah.

The boxer, who wore a large Star of David necklace, was “visibly moved” when he met Hatzalah volunteers alongside Eli Beer and Eli Pollak, Hatzalah’s president and founder and its CEO respectively, the organization stated.

“United Hatzalah’s activity is astonishing, and I hope that the entire world adopts the model of providing medical treatment within 90 seconds, United Hatzalah volunteers are world champions of lifesaving,” Mayweather said at the end of the visit, per a Hatzalah release.

During a visit to Aish HaTorah, Mayweather received the organization’s Champion for Israel Award, “a special honor reserved for those who continue to advocate against hate and antisemitism and stand up for Israel,” during a ceremony on Aish’s roof, overlooking the Kotel.

“The rooftop is some of the best real estate in the world,” Mayweather said, per an Aish release. “Aish has welcomed me and my team in Jerusalem before, and it is very exciting to be back. This place is amazing. Everyone should come and visit here.”

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