Mayweather Set For An Exhibition In August

Floyd Mayweather Jr. will reportedly fight on August 24 in Mexico in an exhibition. 

Victor Ortiz was the name initially linked. Their 2011 fight ended in controversial circumstances. Ortiz had Mayweather on the back foot, only to head-butt him. The referee pulled both fighters apart as Ortiz received a warning. But when they touched gloves, Mayweather capitalized on Ortiz’s lack of concentration. He landed a right hook and straight left to stop Ortiz in round four. Ortiz failed to protect himself and paid the price. The fight drew mass controversy, with Larry Merchant and Mayweather exchanging words during the post-fighter presser. 

Merchant: “I wish I was 50 years younger and I’d kick your a**.”

Mayweather: “You never give me a fair shake. So I’m gonna let you talk to Victor Ortiz, alright? I’m through. They can put somebody else up here to give me an interview. HBO need to fire you. You don’t know s*** about boxing. You ain’t s***.”

While that may have been the case, Ortiz will not face Mayweather. Ortiz will be the co-main event attraction, with suggestions Mayweather will rematch John Gotti III. Their first exhibition last year ended in a melee. The fight was stopped after both fighters used offensive language. Thereafter, Gotti started swinging at Mayweather, resulting in a brawl. 

“Sources close to the information have informed us that Hall of Fame legend Floyd Mayweather will return to the ring for an exhibition rematch with John Gotti III. Although an official date and venue have yet to be finalized, we’re told that the event will likely take place in Mexico late this summer, tentatively scheduled for August 24,” Thomson stated 

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