Just two weeks after his decision win against Marcos Maidana, Floyd Mayweather Jr. is ready to fight again. His lead promoter Leonard Ellerbe tells ESPN that Mayweather’s next fight is already scheduled, and it’s happening on September 13.
The opponent and location of the fight has not yet been determined. The fight will be the fourth of Mayweather’s six fight deal with Showtime that will net him around $200 million.
“Floyd will go on Sept. 13 and we looking at who he's going to fight and where he's going to fight,” Ellerbe said. “Obviously Las Vegas is his home and the MGM Grand is always the leading candidate, but we will take a look at our other options.”
Where else would Money possibly box aside from MGM Grand? Ellerbe said the Barclays Center made a strong push to bring his last fight to New York.
“[Barclays Center chief executive] Brett [Yormark] and those guys at the Barclays Center made a tremendous offer for the Maidana fight, and I'm sure they'll be looking to be in the Floyd Mayweather business again come September, but the MGM is home and they are always the leading candidate,” he said.
Ellerbe said Mayweather’s camp hasn’t yet determined who his opponent will be in the fight, but fans can expect an announcement in about two weeks.
"We're looking at opponents now," he said. "In the next two weeks we'll have that part figured out."
Is Marcos Maidana in the running? Ellerbe is at least claiming he is.
"He's definitely in the mix," Ellerbe said. "He's a very dirty fighter. He used a lot of dirty tactics, but Floyd handled him easily and he gave the fans a great fight. But there's a long list of opponents. Everybody wants to be in the Floyd Mayweather sweepstakes. Several guys have made it clear they want to be next."
For what it’s worth, Maidana thinks he won his May 3 bout with Mayweather. I think fans would welcome a round two, but Floyd has never shied away from picking softball opponents in the past. Stay tuned.