Pound-for-pound king Floyd Mayweather Jr. is strongly considering a bout at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., according to a report by Forbes’ Magazine and its interview with Showtime Sports boss Stephen Espinoza.
“New York is one of few places that could help elevate a Mayweather fight even more than it already is,” said Espinoza of Mayweather, who never has fought in New York. “Floyd is intrigued by being the biggest and the best and being a trailblazer. Coming into the New York market in a way that no one has before would be very appealing.”
Mayweather has signed a package with Showtime that could be worth $250 million, according to an online report by Forbes’ Magazine, which has contributed to his being the world’s highest-paid athlete in any sport over the past two years.
Mayweather (45-0, 26 knockouts) is coming off a unanimous decision that dethroned RING 154-pound champion Canelo Alvarez on Showtime Pay Per View in September and became the highest-grossing boxing event of all time and drew a record $150 million in revenue.
There has been widely-reported speculation that final details have been worked out for Mayweather to face England’s Amir Khan on May 3, with Mayweather having said e that he could announce his rival as early as this week.
Khan spoke to RingTV.com on Saturday night while standing ringside at Barclays Center in Brooklyn after having served as a Showtime commentator for Paulie Malignaggi’s unanimous decision over welterweight rival Zab Judah, each of whom Khan has vanquished by stoppage.
Asked directly if he was in town to negotiate a deal with Golden Boy to face Mayweather, and whether he anticipated signing a deal, Khan said, “I swear to God, I’ve left that up to Golden Boy,” adding, “I just told them, ‘Yes, I would fight him,’ and left it up to Golden Boy to maybe get it done.”
“I would tell you what, I wish that I could get an answer from them because I’m in the same boat as you guys. I don’t know myself. At the end of the day, Floyd Mayweather’s the boss,” said Khan, “and he is going to announce who he’s going to fight. I understand that he might do it this week. Let’s see. At the end of the day, styles make fights… I think that there’s a 60 percent chance that it could happen, at the end of the day.”
Also THE RING and WBC welterweight champion, Mayweather is said, by Forbes, to be considering as potential opponents RING, WBA and WBC junior welterweight champion Danny Garcia, WBO 147-pound titleholder Tim Bradley and Lucas Matthysse.
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