Floyd Mayweather’s next fight–presumably against Marcos Maidana–might happen in New York City in a few months.
This week Mayweather said he’d fight Maidana, and he said talks are underway. A Mayweather fight is slated for Sept. 13 on Showtime
“Sept. 13, back to business, Marcos Maidana-Floyd Mayweather, part II,” Mayweather said, via the Washington Post. “And then in May, I’m fighting in May and I’ll have a big surprise for ya’ll.”
According to the New York Daily News, Mayweather also got a license in New York to promote, suggesting that he might be aiming to fight there.
A spokesperson with the state commission to the paper that Mayweather Promotions “has now been licensed.” No date was given, and no other details were revealed.
“To request a date, the promoter would have to submit a Promoter Contest Request Form,” the spokesperson added. “Mayweather Promotions has not yet formally submitted such a request for the September 13 date.”
The fight could happen at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Its CEO, Brett Yormark, said he was encouraged by the move.
“I think by going for a license he sees the values of hopefully one day fighting in New York,” Yormark told the Daily News. “And I think when he makes that decision at some point I feel very confident that Brooklyn will be that destination at the Barclays Center. They haven’t made any decision on Sept. 13 and hopefully we’ll receive great consideration.”
But the Daily News quoted another promoter, Lou DiBella, as saying that Mayweather is probably trying to promote his own fighters rather than himself in New York.
For Maidana’s part, his manager hasn’t said anything.
“REMATCH in the talks. Respect for @FloydMayweather man of his word, yet only fist talk in the ring. #LATINPOWER,” Maidana wrote on Twitter.
Mayweather’s first fight with Maidana only resulted in around 850,000 Pay-Per-View buys, which is lower than average for a Mayweather fight. In comparison, Mayweather’s bout versus Canelo Alvarez did 2.2 million buys.
Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe said his team was fine with the numbers.
He told ESPN: “Floyd Mayweather has set the bar so damn high with the pay-per-view success that he’s personally had that he is only competing with himself. Last I checked Floyd Mayweather is the only one making the kind of money he is making. He has no peers. He has zero peers. There is no other boxer or athlete in the world generating that kind of revenue. Love him or hate him he is the money machine.”