Floyd Mayweather Jr. is ready to return to the ring. That means instead of waiting around for 16 months like he did between his last two fights, he’s ready to roll in less than a year. Yesterday, Mayweather announced he is targeting May 5, 2012 and said he wants the “biggest fight possible.” Sure. From ESPN:
Mayweather’s opponent has not been determined but Ellerbe said, “We’re looking to make the biggest fight possible and everyone knows what that fight is, the little fella.”
Yes, the “little fella” is – in theory – Manny Pacquiao and the date is Cinco de Mayo. What does this all mean? Nothing really. Floyd loves to talk and Floyd loves people to talk about Floyd. Just teasing a possible Pacquiao fight is a great way to do that. We have been talking about this fight for years. While this kind of baseless talk drives the sport and keeps interest up during long downtime between meaningful fights, it is also, generally, a lot of bullshit.
“Floyd made it very clear that he wants to give the fans the biggest fights that are out there. He wants to stay active,” Ellerbe said. “We’re going to do everything in our power to make the biggest fight out there for the fans and we all know what the fight is.”
“We had a discussion, Floyd, me and Al,” Ellerbe said. “Floyd made it very clear to us what he wanted to do. He told us he is looking to make the biggest fight that is out there and to make it in May.”
Pacquiao fights Juan Manuel Marquez on November 12 at the MGM Grand. Is this just a ploy by Mayweather to get some attention? Probably. Either way, Pacman gets through his upcoming fight, Mayweather probably says his performance sucked and he doesn’t belong in the ring with him and we start the cycle anew. For now though, let’s dream of Saturday, May 5, 2012 and the biggest boxing pay-per-view of all-time. Just don’t hold your breath while you’re dreaming.
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