This week six-weight world champion Floyd Mayweather announced that he will be defending his WBC welterweight title against the interim champion Roberto Guerrero at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada, on May 4.
But in terms of boxing business, the more significant news was that the undefeated fighter has ended his 16-year relationship with television channel HBO and signed with network rivals Showtime where he is scheduled to appear six times over 30 months.
But will Mayweather, who is approaching his 36th birthday, realistically compete six times in two-and-a-half years?
For most boxers this question would be a moot point. But Mayweather is not your average boxer.
Since his win over Juan Manuel Marquez in September 2009, Mayweather – who has an unblemished record of 43 wins (26 K.Os) – has only fought three times.
Despite his inactivity and incarnation last June for two months after assaulting his ex-girlfriend back in 2010, Mayweather grossed £54m last year following bouts against Victor Ortiz and Miguel Cotto to be crowned the world’s highest paid sportsman.
For the 13th time the UFC will be returning to the UK with some of Britain’s top MMA practitioners set for battle inside the octagon at the Wembley Arena in London on February 16.
One of Britain’s most fearsome strikers appears on the main card of the bill as Gloucester welterweight Che Mills takes on Matthew Riddle, who appeared on The Ultimate Fighter back in 2008.
Mills, who has a record of 15 wins (eight knockouts, four submissions) and five defeats, first fought professional back in 2003 and, as he reveals, a career in MMA was not exactly the norm back then.
The 30-year-old told IBTimes: “I remember way back when I first started and everyone used to look at you like you were crazy. ‘You do that stuff? You’re mad!’ Or they looked at it like it was really barbaric. But now it’s grown so popular that you get respect from all walks of life.
Having won three consecutive contests in 2012, Karl Amoussou will fight for the Bellator welterweight world title on January 24 at the WinStar World Casino in Thackerville, Oklahoma.
The Frenchman won the Bellator 77kg tournament final against Bryan Baker back in July, which earned him a main event title shot against undefeated champion Ben Askren.
UFC president Dana White once labelled former US Olympic wrestler Askren as “the most boring fighter in MMA history”, and fans and MMA writers have voiced their displeasure with his lay and pray tactics.
However, Amoussou not only guaranteed that their bout will be exciting, he also promised to do what no MMA practitioner has done before and that is to stop Askren.
Amoussou told IBTimes: “Ben Askren is either going to get knocked out or submitted. Askren – I know his style. Everybody knows his style. He’s a pure wrestler, he’s an amazing wrestler but people should also not forget that I’m a good judo guy. I will try to beat him at his own game.
Five-weight world champion Floyd Mayweather announced on December 12 that he will be making his return on May 4 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada against a yet-to-be-named opponent.
Nicknamed ‘Money’, Mayweather has been absent from the squared circle after being jailed from June to August having pleaded guilty to assaulting his ex-girlfriend back in 2010.
The WBC welterweight and WBA light-middleweight titleholder last fought against Miguel Cotto in May 2012.
Unbeaten in 43 fights since turning professional in 1996, many regard Mayweather as pound-for-pound the best pugilist in the world.
Although no opponent has been named for his comeback, there are several worthy challengers at 10.5 stone and at 11 stone who could test the American.
1. Robert Guerrero
While Mayweather was incarcerated Guerrero defeated the then unbeaten Selcuk Aydin in his first welterweight bout to capture the WBC interim title.
Since that win in July, ‘The Ghost’ dropped Andre Berto twice in the opening round en route to a unanimous points victory to defend his title in November.
There is only one fight that the public want to see involving Manny Pacquiao and a fourth bout against Juan Manuel Marquez is not it.
‘Pacman’ will take on four-weight world champion Marquez for the fourth time on December 8 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
In each of the previous three Marquez-Pacquiao fights there has been no definitive winner as they have ended in a draw, and a split decision as well as a majority decision in Pacquiao’s favour.
Floyd Mayweather and Pacquiao are widely recognised as pound-for-pound the best pugilists in the world but negotiations for a mega fight between the pair have fallen through on several occasions.
While Filipino Pacquiao, 33, has been unable to decisively defeat 39-year-old Marquez, his adversary Mayweather has. Although he was over the 10.7 stone weight limit when they fought, Mayweather completely dominated Marquez in 2009, dropping him once en route to a lopsided points decision.