In early October, boxing fans were teased with rumors that they could potentially see Floyd Mayweather Jr. in yet another exhibition. Reports indicated that Showtime has been targeting December 9th for the PPV event. The rumors for Mayweather’s next exhibition have picked up recently, as it’s now being rumored that Mikey Garcia is the potential opponent that’s being targeted.
MAYWEATHER 🆚 MIKEY GARCIA ON DEC. 9? 😲
Floyd Mayweather is rumoured to be facing former four-weight world champ Mikey Garcia in an exhibition on Dec. 9 with Keith Thurman rematching Danny Garcia on the same card but this time up at 154lbs 🥊#Mayweather | #BoxingNews pic.twitter.com/gnYnOUw8Cx
— IFL TV (@IFLTV) October 18, 2023
Mikey Garcia (40 – 2, 30 KO) last fought in an October 2021 loss to Sandor Martin. If the Mayweather vs Garcia rumors are true, and the Showtime pay-per-view card comes off, it would be in direct competition with the Devin Haney vs. Regis Prograis event. Mayweather has made exhibition matchups common practice, having fought six exhibition matchups since mid-2021, having last faced John Gotti III this past June.
While the Mayweather vs Garcia matchup is not confirmed, this is the first potential opponent to leak since the initial reports of Mayweather’s return first circulated. At the time of those initial reports in early October, it was rumored that Danny Garcia and Keith Thurman would be fighting on the undercard in separate bouts, and as it stands, those rumors are sticking strong.
The final three Showtime Boxing events reportedly could be David Benavidez vs Demetrius Andrade on PPV on Nov 25th, then another PPV on Dec 9th (rumoured Floyd Mayweather exhibition), and finally a non-PPV on Dec 16th. Keith Thurman vs Eimantas Stanionis and Danny Garcia vs…
— Michael Benson (@MichaelBensonn) October 18, 2023
Mikey Garcia would be a huge step up in competition for Mayweather, compared to Gotti III, given that Garcia is a former four-division champion. As exhibitions go, Mayweather can and has done, much worse.