Mayweather is expected to meet Mnangagwa, who is seeking re-election in the August 23 general elections.

Touchdown … Floyd Mayweather’s private jet seen at the Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport in Harare on July 13, 2023

Activists had taken to social media to urge the 46-year-old not to lend his support to Mnangagwa, who is accused of rights violations and using state institutions to prevent his rivals from campaigning freely.

Mayweather officially retired with a perfect 50-0 record in 2017 after beating UFC superstar Conor McGregor.

But he fought in exhibitions since, against kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa, 24, and YouTuber Logan Paul, 28, in 2021, which ended without a winner after no knockout was scored.