PRO MMA (promma.info) has learned according to a report by ESPN.com’s Dan Rafael, that once retired P4P boxing king Floyd Mayweather Jr. is eyeing a possible return for July 11th on HBO. This is the date that the network has down for their monthly edition of “World Championship Boxing”.
July 11th also happens to be the date set for a blockbuster UFC 100 card, and as earlier reported, may be getting even more competition as Affliction is rumored to be planning a free show on the same night.
Mayweather who has fought five of his last six bouts on HBO PPV is looking at a possible tune-up fight after being out of action since late in December of 2007. This fight would likely be on HBO rather than pay per view, and would lead to a potential super fight with the Manny Pacquiao-Ricky Hatton winner later in the year.
This could be a prove to be a major blow to UFC 100 if in fact the fight does occur, as this would mark the return of one of the greatest P4P fighters in boxing history. Throw in a possible Affliction show on free TV, and the UFC would be facing some serious competition that could affect their PPV revenue in an already shaky economy.
Although talks of a possible Affliction card is pure speculation without much traction at this point, multiple sources have confirmed that it’s just a matter of time before it’s official that Mayweather will be back in action sometime in 2009. The only question according to sources close to the fighter is whether this will occur by July 11th.
By: Dusty Adams