Floyd Mayweather Jr retired from boxing with a pro record of 50-0, but has continued to earn from the sport through lucrative and often quite bizarre exhibition bouts.
The man known as ‘The Best Ever’ is in the history books for making his mark both inside and outside the ropes. Wins over Diego Corrales, Saul ‘Canelo’ Álvarez, Manny Pacquiao and Arturo Gatti as well as 15 major world titles make the 46-year-old one of the most influential fighters ever.
His exhibition career hasn’t been about adding to that legacy, rather his bank balance. Spectacle fights against Logan Paul and Tenshin Nasukawa were well-received, but his trip to the UK to face Aaron Chalmers and, most recently, John Gotti III – the grandson of the infamous New York mob boss – missed the mark.
In fact, the Gotti event ended in a mass brawl messy enough to put anyone involved off making it happen again – but that’s the plan.
Mayweather announced on his Instagram that he would be attending to the ‘unfinished business’ with Gotti this coming February during Super Bowl weekend.
Breaking news: Floyd Mayweather will rematch John Gotti III during Super Bowl weekend in Las Vegas. Their last exhibition bout famously ended with a brawl between both teams. 🥊 pic.twitter.com/E9xYG3iocv
— InsideFighting (@InsideFighting_) November 17, 2023
Gotti – who has an MMA record of five and one – has been calling for a second crack at the master boxer ever since their fight ended in disqualification by referee Kenny Bayless.
He didn’t accept it and kept at Mayweather, winging punches as both teams entered the ring and the crowd broke out into scuffles and fights.
A date and venue are expected soon, however Mayweather may just be competing with Teofimo Lopez, who is eyeing a return on the same weekend in Las Vegas, potentially against Ryan Garcia should he come through his fight next month against Oscar Duarte.