Mayweather to Return to the Ring in July, More Exhibitions in 2019
When we last saw Floyd Mayweather, he appeared on a webcast with comedian Kevin Hart bragging about how he could get a $1 billion dollar deal with the UFC if he wanted to. His usual brashness stirred up a storm throughout MMA media outlets and social media. Despite the majority of his critics hoping for a beating inside the octagon, it appears that ship has sailed as Mayweather revealed his future plans for 2019. And, in classic Floyd fashion, the undefeated boxer will return to the ring in July for another exhibition.
The King of Exhibitions
Despite Floyd’s absurd claims of being the greatest boxer alive, he’s quickly becoming the king of exhibitions. According to TMZ Sports, Mayweather himself declared that he’s stepping back into the ring this July in the first of four to five exhibition bouts that will earn him roughly $80 million dollars.
Once again, Floyd will be fighting a Japanese “boxer” and is expected to steal another $10 million dollars. On New Year’s Eve, Mayweather beat up a 20-year old Japanese kid who he made come up 20 pounds in weight and fight at rules that Floyd dictated. Yes, it ended as bad as most expected. Floyd knocked down Tenshin Nasukawa three times in the 1st round, and the “exhibition” was over. Floyd walked away with $9 million dollars and bragged, about taking that money, all the way home from Japan. It was an epic farce.
Apparently, Floyd is going to parlay that farce into another five comical events this year. No other fighter has the marketing skills that Mayweather has. It’s incredible how he finds ways to get paid millions of dollars per appearance. With that said, no other fighter has ducked more opponents than Floyd and its why a lot of his critics want to see him get beat.
What About a Rematch with Pacquiao?
Do you remember last September when Floyd Mayweather Jr. stated that he was going to come out of retirement to fight Manny Pacquiao? It whipped up the internet into a frenzy. Unfortunately, Floyd backtracked from that declaration and wanted a tune-up fight first. Well, that fight then turned into the comical “exhibition,” which Floyd is now parlaying into more comical “exhibitions.”
Yet, Floyd was in attendance for the Pacquiao vs Broner fight last month and has had several run-ins with Manny over the last few months. Still, no agreement from Floyd to fight Manny despite Mayweather being the one who initially stated he was going to fight Manny again.
Give Pacquiao credit; he continues to call out Floyd as he tries to lure Mayweather back into the ring. Unfortunately, with the latest developments, it appears that Manny won’t get his chance at a rematch. It also appears that sportsbooks won’t be able to collect on the many prop bets they have for a rematch between Mayweather and Pacquiao.
Currently, most boxing betting sites have Mayweather as the betting favorite. The odds-on favorite outcome is a Mayweather decision victory, which is listed at -135 odds. A Pacquiao decision win is next at +400 odds, which offers solid betting value considering how great Manny looked in his last fight and how slow Floyd looked in his recent exhibition.
Who knows, maybe Floyd can convince Manny to do an exhibition fight?
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