Former five-weight world champion Floyd Mayweather is set to come out of retirement in 2020 and the 42-year-old reportedly wants two fights in the new year.
Mayweather announced the news of his comeback on Instagram on Saturday outlining that he will be working alongside UFC promotor Dana White to “bring the world another spectacular event.”
According to TMZ Sports, Mayweather is targeting two fights in the new year, one against a pro-boxer and another against a UFC fighter.
They report that one name seriously being considered on the boxing front is Manny Pacquiao who Mayweather defeated in 2015 with “Money” said to have been looking for a rematch for quite some time.
In terms of the UFC star, TMZ say that Mayweather is interested in an opponent that has strong stand-up skills, with a rematch against Conor McGregor an obvious choice.
The two clashed in a huge exhibition bout in 2017 in Las Vegas, with Mayweather coming out the victor by TKO in the 10th round.
Another option for Mayweather could be a bout with current UFC lightweight champion and fellow conqueror of McGregor, Khabib Nurmagomedov.
Khabib is heavily reliant on his wrestling and ground game and would be heavily favoured in an MMA contest however, on the feet, it would be an interesting match-up.
The 155lb king’s manager Ali Abdelaziz took to Twitter on Saturday morning to outline that a boxing fight between the two in January in Abu Dhabi in the works although it was later scrapped.
This was originally planned but the big Dady of combat sport today @danawhite make @floydmayweather hide for a lil bit . 3 of us knew what happened but to be honest I’m glad to see @danawhite with @floydmayweather finally got a good promoter to promote his fights pic.twitter.com/0USz7cX14U
— Ali Abdelaziz (@AliAbdelaziz00) November 23, 2019
Mayweather is said to be interested in fighting in May and again in September, having not competed since New Year’s Day when he easily defeated Japanese kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa.