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Mayweather to make boxing return

Floyd Mayweather Jr
Mayweather's return to the ring has long been touted

Floyd Mayweather Jr has agreed to step out of retirement and fight lightweight champion Juan Manuel Marquez.

Mayweather has not fought since beating Briton Ricky Hatton in their December 2007 welterweight bout.

But the undefeated five-division champion will return to fight Mexico's three-weight champion Marquez in July.

"I left on top and I'm here to fight and reclaim what is mine," the 32-year-old Mayweather told a news conference at a Las Vegas hotel on Saturday.

"Lately I've been running seven, eight miles a day. I'm in tremendous shape.

"When it comes to fight time, I'll be ready physically and mentally. I just want to be the best that I can be."

News of the contest comes on the day of Hatton's fight with Manny Pacquiao, and Mayweather is already being linked with a match against the winner of the bout.

Hatton takes on Pacquiao - currently regarded as the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world - for the light-welterweight championship belt at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on Saturday.


Should Hatton shrug off his underdog tag and defeat the Filipino boxer, and if Mayweather overcomes the 35-year-old Marquez on 18 July, a rematch of their 2007 fight in Las Vegas is sure to be on the cards.

Mayweather stopped Hatton in the 10th round on that occasion, confirming his tag as the best pound-for-pound boxer at that time.

A rematch could generate even more interest given Mayweather's father, Floyd Mayweather Sr, has pledged to continue to train Hatton against his son.

see also
Hatton upbeat for Pacquiao clash
01 May 09 |  Boxing
Mayweather Sr to stay with Hatton
27 Mar 09 |  Boxing
Slick Hatton defeats Malignaggi
23 Nov 08 |  Boxing
Hatton revitalised by Mayweather
06 Oct 08 |  Boxing
Mayweather Sr will train Hatton
03 Sep 08 |  Boxing
Dominant Mayweather stops Hatton
09 Dec 07 |  Boxing

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