Mayweather talking with Don King in Florida

Don King indicates there's a possibility he could work with Floyd Mayweather Jr. in the near future. (Photo by Boris Streubel/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Tim Smith of the New York Daily News reports that Floyd Mayweather Jr. is currently in Florida "hanging out" with promoter Don King, and King believes there's a chance the two could work together.

"We've been talking about his future and where he wants to go and what he wants to do. Right now he's not sure what he wants to do. ... For him it's all a matter of the disrespect that he's feeling and them not listening to him," King said. "It's all about pride and dignity. I understand him completely because we share a common background as rising from the ghetto. He wants his dignity, his respect and his pride to remain intact and he wants to get paid. That's where I come in. I'm the mix master."

Currently, Mayweather is under employ to no one in boxing. He has worked with Golden Boy Promotions for his last four bouts, and Al Haymon has served as an adviser, as well. But he has no manager, has no official promoter, and operates under a "Mayweather Promotions" banner that is, for all intents and purposes, mostly irrelevant, since it's his company and really doesn't do anything without Mayweather on the card anyway.

I would be skeptical of Mayweather -- who has flirted with hiring King in the past -- actually signing on to be a Don King-promoted fighter in a traditional sense. But the way King is making it sound, Mayweather is unhappy with someone who is representing him right now, whether it be Golden Boy, Haymon, or both. King may be an incredibly far cry from the promoter he was in his most successful days, but he still has name recognition, and there's not a lot of work to put in if you're talking about Floyd Mayweather. Mayweather could simply be considering having King and the DKP people help in negotiations.

Of course, this is just what it is for the time being, which is King saying that they might work together sometime. There's nothing concrete about it or anything like that. King says he's confident that he can work with Bob Arum and Top Rank to make a fight between Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao, while also stroking Mayweather's ego and assuring him that he doesn't need Pacquiao.

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