Man behind Floyd Mayweather to buy Newcastle United rumour reveals all

Thursday, March 12th, 2020 11:02am

By Josh O'Brien @JoshJohnOBrien1

After a seemingly never ending cycle of takeover rumours surrounding Newcastle Football Club, fueled by almost every media outlet under the sun, one fan of the Magpies decided to turn the tables.

Many Newcastle fans were left rubbing their eyes in disbelief when they woke up to the news that Boxing superstar Floyd Mayweather was allegedly interesting in purchasing the club. 

More commonly known for inflicting damage on his opponents in the ring, Mayweather is somewhat of a novice when it comes to all things football, certainly in a city as passionate as Newcastle. 

Yet that didn't stop many Geordies' from dreaming, salivating over the prospect that Mike Ashley's controversial reign as owner may be coming to an end, with 'Pretty Boy Floyd' the knight in shining armour on Tyneside. 

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Yet hearts are set to be broken among the Toon Army as Ashley's time at the helm doesn't look set to finish anytime soon, not by one of the best boxers of all time at least. That's because Steve Wraith of the Newcastle Fans Show on Love Sport Radio claims HE was the one who sparked one of the most bizarre rumours in Premier League history. 

Wraith told Love Sport: "I did put a show on with Floyd Mayweather in Newcastle and it did basically come up in conversation with him about the takeover. Obviously, as a Newcastle fan, I'm desperate for that to happen at some point in time, and with Floyd Mayweather being given the name 'Money Mayweather', I thought he will be a good person to ask.

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"So, you know, I did ask him the question. He had a great night out in Newcastle a couple of years ago, then he gave an interview to one of the newspapers, it was direct quotes saying that he loved the city, loved the people, that it was a party city, and he was really keen on, you know, maybe investing in the area, particularly the football club and why not, you know, he's a sportsman, he knows a little bit about running businesses as well."

Wraith went on to reveal just how he went about executing his cunning plan: "So, for me, with the show at the weekend, I just thought, right, I'm going to see how far we can push this because obviously like the last few years we've been inundated with takeover talk and always conveniently around transfer deadline days, at Christmas and during the summer and so I wonder if I ask this question, making it as obvious as I can that it's tongue in cheek, let's see whether this starts off the rumours.

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"It was planned, I spoke to these guys who I get to cover my events who are journalists, one who is a paparazzi, the other one who's Media Arts, Neil Jackson, and Terry, the snapper- a paparazzi. I asked them to film it, and just that particular question, and then put it out with their various news contacts, and within 48-hours, we had basically created this tweet, this completely new takeover talk. Unbelievable, it's run for two days and it's not just being you know, local press, the evening Chronicle etc, it's gone global.

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"I mean, it blew up on one of the biggest networks in America and then it's literally just snowballed from there. I've had phone calls from Africa, I've had phone calls from China and you know they've forgot about the coronavirus across there, they are too interested in Floyd 'Money' Mayweather so it was to prove a point that you know, the slightest thing can be said in jest and that is the mess that it creates.

"And of course it helps because Mayweather loves publicity and loves the opportunity to promote the brand TMT. So of course he's going to say that there's an interest and he would be interested in buying shares but it's never going to happen."

Wraith did confirm that the joke was aimed at the media: "The fans are sick of these takeover stories. You know, it's their [journalists'] job, I get it, but when it's Newcastle United, it's our emotion, it's our football club, you know. At least I hope now that if there is another takeover leak or story the people will just take it for what it is and just carry on and just ignore it because it is a waste of time.

"They only way this club will be taken over will be in secret without us knowing, and we'll all wake up one morning and Mike Ashley will have left the building, and you know let's hope that's sooner rather than later."

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