Floyd Mayweather Jr. may be his idol, but John Gotti III is no joke.
When the two stood alone in the ring in Sunrise, Florida, on June 11, the Oyster Bay native said it would be “kill or be killed.”
Gotti, 30, the grandson of the late US crime boss John Gotti, will face Mayweather, 46, in an exhibition boxing match.
Mayweather, who withdrew from official bouts after defeating MMA icon Conor McGregor in 2017, continued to compete in non-scoring bouts, including wins over Tenshin Nasukawa, Miku Asakura and Tokuyoshi Olaton. He also fought Logan Paul, Don Moore and Aaron Chalmers.
Meanwhile, Gotti has experience in professional boxing and mixed martial arts. He’s 5-1 in MMA and 2-0 in boxing, most recently with a first-round TKO against Alex Citrowske.
The Long Island native’s matchup with the boxing legend could be a show. But no matter what, shape or form will not spare Mayweather, Gotti said.
“I’ve been following him since I was eight years old,” Gotti said at a recent news conference in Miami. “This is my idol. This is a guy I’ve done a school project with. This is a guy I look up to.
“But make no mistake, on June 11th, I had ill will against that person,” Gotti continued. “I don’t care if it’s an exhibition or not. You signed up to fight me, there’s no way out. Either kill or be killed.”
Gotti’s father, John Gotti Jr., was the acting head of the Gambino crime family while his grandfather was in prison.
The fight is being promoted under the slogan “Last Names Matter.”
Above: A still from youtube.