Boxing legend Floyd Mayweather Jr was surprised to find two tigers in his hotel room.


The former world champion was greeted by the tigers after he checked in to the luxurious Ritz Carlton Hotel near Russian capital Moscow’s Red Square.


His friends had arranged the surprise because on a previous visit to Moscow Mayweather had adopted the tigers, one male and one female, helping pay for them to be looked after.


He was presented with a certificate of guardianship, plus he has access to the tigers’ enclosure and gets regular updates on their lives.


The world champion in five weight classes seemed stunned but pleased to see the playful beasts tussling on a sofa in his hotel suite, under the careful supervision of a handler.


Both tigers are from the Sikhote-Alin Nature Reserve in south-eastern Russia’s Primorsky Krai region but are now housed at a private owner’s facility in Moscow.


Mayweather, 40, was in Moscow to open his new boxing academy there.


During the opening ceremony Mayweather confirmed his plans to fight world lightweight mixed martial arts champion Conor McGregor, 28.


Though a MMA fighter, McGregor’s boxing skill is considered to be his strongest, with many of his victories coming as knockouts or technical knockouts.