Welterweight champ Floyd Mayweather Jr. announced on Twitter on Monday night that he will be fighting Marcos Maidana on May 3 in a welterweight title unification bout.
Mayweather says the fight would be on Showtime pay per view and, with ESPN reporting that the location would be the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, site of Mayweather's past eight fights, or the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., for the third of six fights under the 30-month, six-fight deal worth $200 million-plus that Mayweather has with Showtime and parent network CBS. The ESPN report also said Mayweather has said he plans to retire at the conclusion of the contract.
Mayweather (45-0, 26 KOs) holds world titles at junior-middleweight and welterweight. He would return to welterweight to make his second defense when he faces Maidana (35-3, 31 KOs) of Argentina.
Maidana is making the first defense of his title won in a decision over Adrien Broner on Dec. 14 in San Antonio. Mayweather last fought on Sept. 14, taking a decision over Canelo Alvarez to unify junior middleweight titles, a fight that set records for biggest pay-per-view gross in history ($150 million) and biggest live gate ($20 million), and sold 2.2 million pay-per-view units, according to ESPN.