Floyd Mayweather Jr confirms February fight, Erik Morales is not the opponent

15 Nov

Petra Kirsch – Gelsenkirchen

Reigning WBC welterweight world champion Floyd Mayweather Jr will return to training camp in the coming weeks as he will be boxing in February, 2012. The revelation comes on the heels of reports that indicated May 5/Cinco de Mayo would be the date the American next fights and that Erik Morales would be his chosen opponent, however, the defensively-blessed pugilist has quashed both stories with his latest statements.

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Money May committing to active promise, will fight in three months. Credit: Stacey Verbeek - Maple Avenue Boxing Gym

“Floyd Mayweather is fighting in February so I’m about to go into training camp soon,” confirmed Mayweather whilst on the Z104 (WNVZ) radio show on Saturday, November 12, prior to 147lb rival Manny Pacquiao’s debatable majority decisioning of Mexican hotshot Juan Manuel Marquez.

“I’m fighting in February,” the 34-year-old reiterated.

Mayweather (42-0-0, 26ko) interrupted a 16-month absence from the sweet science to take on a game Victor Ortiz in September. At the time, Ortiz was a young and hungry world champion who had just recorded his most significant victory by bullying then-world titlist Andre Berto in a high-charged entertaining back-and-forth brawl. Mayweather disposed of Ortiz in the fourth round and snared the WBC belt from his possession.

Prior to victory over Victor, Mayweather had fought just twice since 2007 (one-sided points trouncings over Marquez and Shane Mosley). Responding to pleas from his large fan-base, the Money man is ready to become an active fighter who puts on regular shows: “We’re looking at fighting in February because we’re looking at being active,” he said.

Since his knockout of Ortiz, there has been escalating speculation over whom he will pick as his next opponent. The WBA/IBF unified champion of the super lightweight division, Amir Khan, has long expressed his eagerness at leaving the 140lb weight class and moving north, to welterweight, where he wants to challenge Floyd. And, due to the Cinco de Mayo statements made by Leonard Ellerbe, Bob Arum spoke of how Erik Morales would be Mayweather’s next challenger.

“We’re not fighting Erik Morales,” said Mayweather, definitively. “He’s okay, he’s champion again I truly believe.”

Because Pacquiao has been fighting twice a year, combined with his very recent hard-fought 12 round battle with Marquez last Saturday, it is unlikely that Manny will return to the ring in three months. One other candidate who also stands out, though, is Sergio Martinez.

Perhaps an indication into the calibre of opponent that Mayweather will be facing, he closed the segment with DJ Shaggy by stating: “I think I wanna go in there and give the fans a little bit more.”

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4 Responses to “Floyd Mayweather Jr confirms February fight, Erik Morales is not the opponent”

  1. All Roads November 15, 2011 at 1:54 am #

    Thats how Floyd do. all roads lead to mayweather man

    any win over a 140 – 154 guy gives him easy bragging rights over a pac in SERIOUS decline

  2. Tempz November 15, 2011 at 2:35 am #

    It will be Robert Guerrero

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