From posh cars like Bugatti Veyron, Maserati, Mercedes-Benz, Lexus, BMW to Ferrari, Nigerian refugee Obi Okeke who is based in the Los Angeles, USA, is one exotic car dealer the very rich including money-man and undisputed boxing champion Floyd Mayweather patronizes regularly.
The 54-year-old Okeke disclosed to Automotive News in 2015 that he started the business in 1987 and then managed stores of top class automobiles before starting his own.
It was also confirmed that movie legend Arnold Schwarzenegger is also a regular customer of the Nigerian.
Recounting how he met Mayweather, Okeke explained that it was one of his days as a general manager at a Ferrari outlet he met the retired boxing heavyweight champion.
“Back in 2008, 2009. I was general manager of a Ferrari dealership. A business associate brought him to the Ferrari dealership. That was the first time I met Floyd, and then I transacted on two Ferraris with him.”
He went further to say that his most challenging moment on the job was when the undefeated welterweight champion asked him to ensure he gets a new Bugatti Veyron worth $3.2 million sitting in the driveway of his Las Vegas mansion in 12 hours; ahead of that big money clash with Manny Pacquiao in 2015 but that would require a miracle.
“He called me at 3 in the morning,” he continued.
“This was Bugatti No. 2. The second Bugatti I sold him, and he wanted it in 12 hours. This was approximately a year ago in the lead-up to the first Marcos Maidana fight because he wanted the car to drive to the gym that day. He wanted a different Bugatti to drive to the gym.
Immediately the call ended, Okeke stated that he immediately left for his office at about 4:45am and began to strategise how possible he could deliver the highly expensive ride in a matter of hours."
"I knew where there were a few cars. I said, well, I need to hop on a plane. I think I took a 7:30 flight out in the morning. I went to a destination that was closest to him that I felt I could get the car to him.
"When I got there, they weren’t open yet. So I went to IHOP, got some breakfast, then I went there and said I want to buy this Bugatti. They thought that I wasn’t serious. I called my partner, wired the money.
"Then the problem was trying to get a truck to flatbed it to his home. That was the biggest problem. The biggest hiccup was trying to find a specialized flatbed.
"When I called him, I said, Champ, the problem is going to be getting the car to your house on a flatbed.” He goes, “I don’t care; just drive it to me.”
"I won’t tell you where I was, so I hit the road, and I drove it to him. That’s how I got it to him. …
According to him, he has sold about 39 cars for the retired boxer.