Floyd "Money" Mayweather Jr. announced last night that he would not wait long to get back into the ring. Mayweather took a 16-month hiatus from boxing between his May 2010 fight with Shane Mosley and his most recent fight against Victor Ortiz this past September.
Mayweather's next fight is scheduled for May 5th, 2012, and will take place at the MGM Grand Area in Las Vegas, Nevada. The "Money Team" would not announce an opponent, but the entire boxing world is hoping for a bout against Manny Pacquiao.
Mayweather's advisor Leonard Ellerbe broke the news to ESPN.com last night. "We are looking to make the biggest fight possible and everyone knows what that fight is, the little fella," Ellerbe said.
"The little fella" is referring to pound-for-pound king Manny Pacquiao, who fights on November 12 in Las Vegas. The two sides have tried to make a fight twice before and negotiations fell apart both times over random drug testing.
Whoever Mayweather faces will expect a career payday. His last opponent Victor Ortiz received a 2 million dollar purse plus money from pay-per-view sales, which exceded 1.2 million buys.
As the boxing world waits anxiously for Mayweather vs Pacquiao, Leonard Ellerbe says that Mayweather made it clear what he wants for his next fight. "Floyd made it clear to us what he wanted to do. He told us he is looking to make the biggest fight that is out there and make it in May."