The best pound for pound boxer in world will make his return to the ring this spring. Floyd "Money" Mayweather announced on Twitter Monday who his next opponent would be. "I will be fighting Marcos Maidana May 3rd on Pay-per-view Showtime/CBS," Mayweather tweeted.
The 147 pound title unification fight will take place at a venue to be determined, either in Las Vegas at the MGM Grand or the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Mayweather's last eight fights have been held in Las Vegas, however, the Barclays Center has come into the picture in recent weeks and is making a strong push for the fight. Golden Boy Promotions hopes to have the venue location and ticket prices figured out in the next couple of days.
Mayweather holds a record of (45-0) and world titles in the junior middleweight and welterweight divisions. He will make his second title defense of the IBF and WBC Welterweight Championships. The 30 year old Maidana has a record of (35-3) and will make his first title defense after beating Adrien Broner on December 14th for WBA Welterweight Championship.
The upcoming fight will be the third of the 30 month, six fight deal worth $200 million-plus that Mayweather signed with Showtime/CBS last year. Mayweather has hinted at plans to retire after the contract expires.
In Mayweather's last fight against Saul Alvarez, he easily won the fight on points to unify junior middleweight titles which set a number of pay-per-view records including the biggest pay-per-view gross in history ($150 million) and the biggest live gate gross ($20 million). The fight also sold $2.2 million pay-per-view buys, second all-time behind the 2.5 million pay-per-view buys for the fight between Mayweather and Oscar De La Hoya.
Since his last loss in February 2012, Maidana has won four fights in a row putting him in position to earn the welterweight title unification bout against Mayweather.