FLOYD MAYWEATHER fuelled speculation that he will return to the ring as he hit the gym for a sparring session this weekend.
But fans slated the 43-year-old for ignoring lockdown guidelines as he worked out in Las Vegas with several members of his team.
Former British super lightweight champion Ashley Theopane shared a clip of Mayweather at the gym to his Twitter page.
The footage shows a man, who is wearing a mask but no gloves, applying Vaseline to the American’s face before the session.
Mayweather’s gloves were then checked by another man, who did not have a mask on, before he made his way towards the ring.
Fans are delighted to see the boxing veteran back in action, but are furious that he has continued to ignore lockdown rules.
In response to the video, one fan said: “So everyone’s got to stay at home and way from non essential work except Mayweather?”
Alongside a laughing emoji, another added: “Guy wearing a face mask but applying Vaseline with no gloves on.”
And one social media user simply responded: “Nice social distancing.”
It is understood that Mayweather owns the gym in Las Vegas that he has been training at throughout the pandemic.
He continued to fuel rumours that he will make a comeback this year as he shared some training clips last week.
The 43-year-old officially retired in 2017 after he beat UFC superstar Conor McGregor in an incredible crossover fight.
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But he dusted off his gloves a year later when he beat Japanese kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa in an exhibition bout in Tokyo.
Mayweather, who boasts a remarkable 50-0 boxing record, claimed in November that he would return the ring this year.
But it was reported that he was re-evaluating his decision after the tragic death of ex-partner Josie Harris and the passing of his uncle and former trainer Roger.
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