Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Mayweather eyes U.K. fight
By Dan Rafael
Pound-for-pound king Floyd Mayweather Jr. has never boxed outside of the United States as a professional and has not fought outside of Las Vegas since a 2005 fight against Sharmba Mitchell, which took place in Portland, Ore. That’s eight consecutive fights in Sin City.
Yet Mayweather, who defends his welterweight title against interim titlist Robert Guerrero on Saturday night (Showtime PPV, 9 ET) at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, has often mentioned the possibility of going on the road, specifically to the United Kingdom, at some point before his career is over.
Leonard Ellerbe, Mayweather’s adviser, reiterated that prospect, saying that Mayweather hopes to fight there at some point in the next 18 months.
“Floyd cannot wait until we can come over there and give the U.K. fans a big, big fight,” Ellerbe said. “Floyd has a tremendous fan base in the U.K. and we're looking at working on something now where he's going to come over there. Ever since the Ricky Hatton fight back in 2007, U.K. fans have been very loyal to Floyd and he definitely acknowledges that and he wants to bring a big, big event to the U.K.
“There's definitely a very strong possibility that Floyd will fight in the U.K. We'll see how this thing plays out. His focus is Saturday night and then we'll go from there. But we're definitely going to bring a big, big event to the U.K.”
I will, of course, believe it when I see it. The “Money” man loves Las Vegas, which is where he also lives and trains. I’d say there’s at least a remote chance of it happening.
Fighting overseas is complicated because of the need to time the main event to United States primetime for pay-per-view purposes, but you never know.
If Mayweather did take his game to the U.K., it would not surprise me at all if he faced England’s Amir Khan, a former unified junior welterweight titlist. Khan tested the welterweight waters on Saturday night, struggling to a 12-round decision win against Julio Diaz in a fight with a contract weight of 143 pounds. But if Mayweather did pick him to fight, it would probably be an easy deal to make because Khan is with Golden Boy Promotions, the company that will be promoting Mayweather’s seventh consecutive fight on Saturday night.