Current two-weight world champion and pound for pound king Floyd Mayweather Jr. is lining up two ‘gigantic’ fights in the coming year after participating in just one outing through a troubled 2012.
Boxing’s biggest star made a successful foray up to the 154lb division against Miguel Cotto in May, but then reported to Clark County Jail for a two-month stint in a contrasting year that will soon be behind him.
Advisor Leonard Ellerbe has confided in Dan Rafael of ESPN.com that Mayweather has announced that he wants to fight twice in 2013 as he looks to extend his perfect 43-0 record and rubberstamp his place at the pinnacle of the sport.
“Floyd has told us that he is fighting twice in 2013 with the first date being May 4 – Cinco De Mayweather, and the second date being Sept. 14,” Ellerbe told Rafael.
“Mayweather Promotions is looking forward to these two gigantic Floyd Mayweather events in 2013, and we are in ongoing discussions with our promotional partner, Richard Schaefer (chief executive of Golden Boy Promotions) in finalizing the opponent and other aspects of the upcoming promotion.
“He told me and Al (Haymon) this is what he is doing,” Ellerbe added.”
With a name like ‘Cinco de Mayweather’ – you could only assume that WBC 154lb champion Saul Alvarez or current mandatory welterweight challenger Robert Guerrero would be the likely opponents with their Mexican and Golden Boy connections.
The opponent selected would also then clear up which of the two title belts Floyd decides to keep as he currently holds the WBC 147lb version and the WBA light-middleweight championship, into the bargain.
“That is still to be determined,” Ellerbe stated. “He is just looking to come back in two gigantic fights in 2013 and continue to show why he is the best in boxing.
“Floyd Mayweather has a plethora of options. Who doesn’t want to fight Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather and make the most money they ever made in their career? You hit the lottery once you’ve become a Floyd Mayweather opponent.”