April 20, 2009

Teen boxes online with Mayweather

A British teenager playing an online PlayStation 3 boxing game said he was shocked when his opponent turned out to be real-life boxing great Floyd Mayweather.

George Guest, 15, said he was playing Fight Night 3 at his Belvedere, England, home when his online opponent knocked his player to the canvas three times in a single round, The Sun reported Monday.

Guest said he joking sent the other player a message: Who do you think you are, Ricky Hatton?

The teenager said he was shocked when the other player replied: Actually I'm Floyd Mayweather.

I can't believe it. I went a round with one of the best boxers in the world -- and he knocked the granny out of me. He was taunting me like Muhammad Ali, Guest said.

He said he was initially skeptical of the claim until Mayweather, a former world champion, chatted with him via the game's headset.

I didn't believe him at first but he started talking about his family and his fights and everything, the teen said.

Guest said Mayweather sent him personal messages and pictures after their online bout.

Boxing agent Kevin Lueshing said Mayweather is an avid video game player.

Floyd is mad on these computer games and plays them all the time, he said.