Days after Terence Crawford captured the men’s undisputed welterweight title, trainer Calvin Ford hinted at the possibility of Floyd Mayweather Jr. returning to the ring and fighting the Omaha native. As it turns out, Mayweather Jr. does have plans to get back in the ring, but it doesn’t appear that he has any interest in resuming his pro career in his mid-40s. Instead, it looks like he’ll lace up his gloves once more for a fight with John Gotti III.
“My team has spoken to his team,” the former world champion told Fight Hype.
“Before the end of the year, I think we’re going to make it happen.”
John Gotti III is the latest in a long line of opponents to share the ring with Mayweather Jr. for a boxing exhibition. Previously, the former world champion has faced Tenshin Nasukawa, Don Moore, Deji Olatunji, Aaron Chalmers, Mikuru Asakura and Logan Paul in exhibition matches. Most recently, Gotti III and Mayweather Jr. met in Sunrise, Florida for an exhibition on Zeus. The contest was scheduled for eight rounds, but was cut short in the sixth round when Gotti III was disqualified by referee Kenny Bayless. Unhappy with the stoppage, Gotti III began to pursue Mayweather Jr. and a melee ensued inside and around the ring. The chaos that ensued prompted some to ask, “Why does Floyd Mayweather Jr. continue to participate in boxing exhibitions?” In his words, it’s “free money.”
“Remember this. I don’t leave [anything] on the table,” Mayweather Jr. explained to Fight Hype.
“It’s free money and I’m [going to] keep getting it.”