A man claiming to be a bodyguard of Floyd Mayweather was shot outside the Buckhead Hotel in Atlanta, it has been revealed.
Initial reports suggest the victim was not in the company of the former pound for pound king at the time, although the full facts have not been made clear at this point.
Speaking about the incident to TMZ Sports, a Police spokesperson said: “Another vehicle pulled up beside them at the intersection of Peachtree Road and Highland Drive and fired several times at one of the vehicles.
“All three vehicles fled and reported being followed for a distance.
“After losing the vehicle that was following them, the victim’s vehicle drove to Grady Hospital where the victim was treated for a gunshot wound to the leg and is in stable condition.”
Police also believed the shooting was not accidental.
“At this time, it appears that this was not a random shooting, and the shooter was targeting the victim’s vehicle.
“The victim advised that he is a bodyguard for Floyd Mayweather,” they confirmed.
Mayweather was recently in Las Vegas taking in the Erislandy Lara v Jarrett Hurd / James DeGale v Caleb Truax rematch doubleheader where the 41-year-old had spoken about his future.
“Retirement has been great, but as you know and everyone knows, I go in retirement, and I come back. I may come back. But it has to be in the Octagon if I do come back.
“I spoke with my team. I spoke with Al Haymon. Al Haymon says no. I spoke with SHOWTIME, I spoke with CBS. If I do come back, SHOWTIME and CBS have to be involved.
“When I do go to the Octagon, I look forward to going to 145 (pounds). Absolutely. If the money is right.
“You got to talk to SHOWTIME, CBS. The money is going to be crazy. I can do whatever I want to do. I’m Floyd Mayweather.
“I would not box again,” said Mayweather.