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What boxing champion Floyd Mayweather was doing in Myrtle Beach on Tuesday

Floyd Mayweather poses with King Tut, a young cheetah, at the Myrtle Beach Safari.
Floyd Mayweather poses with King Tut, a young cheetah, at the Myrtle Beach Safari. Nick B Photos

Floyd Mayweather took a walk on the wild side in Myrtle Beach on Tuesday.

The boxing champion visited the Myrtle Beach Safari, according to Nick Balestracci, the safari’s creative content coordinator and official photographer.

Both the safari and Mayweather posted pictures on their Instagram accounts of the undefeated champ posing with a 4-month-old cheetah cub named King Tut.

Balestracci said Mayweather wants to return to the safari and swim with Bubbles the elephant, and expressed interest in supporting the Rare Species Fund wildlife conservation organization that is endorsed by the Myrtle Beach Safari and its director, Doc Antle.

The safari received a visit in January from another star athlete, New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., who played catch with a chimpanzee using a deflated football.

Alan Blondin covers golf, Coastal Carolina athletics and numerous other sports-related topics that warrant coverage. Well-versed in all things Myrtle Beach, Horry County and the Grand Strand, the Northeastern University journalism school valedictorian has been a sports reporter at The Sun News since 1993, earning eight top-10 Associated Press Sports Editors national writing awards and 18 top-three S.C. Press Association writing awards since 2007.
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