Floyd Mayweather Jr to Return on May 5, Says He Wants Manny Pacquiao

Floyd Mayweather Jr will be back on May 5, 2012. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Floyd Mayweather Jr is confirmed to return to the ring on May 5, 2012, as many expected following his KO-4 win over Victor Ortiz on September 17, and Dan Rafael reports that Mayweather is looking once again to make the mega-fight with Manny Pacquiao.

Mayweather's opponent has not been determined but [Leonard] Ellerbe said, "We're looking to make the biggest fight possible and everyone knows what that fight is, the little fella."

... "Floyd made it very clear that he wants to give the fans the biggest fights that are out there. He wants to stay active," Ellerbe said. "We're going to do everything in our power to make the biggest fight out there for the fans and we all know what the fight is."

Obviously you have to take all of this with a grain of salt, or at least the Pacquiao portion as Mayweather will be fighting on May 5 barring injury.

But if not Pacquiao, then who could Mayweather face? There are options. Amir Khan has been mentioned a lot, but Khan may not want to rush right into that fight at welterweight, which he'd have to do to do it in May. A rematch with Victor Ortiz has seemingly lost all of its steam. There's always Andre Berto, an exciting fighter. And then there's the Sergio Martinez wild card.

But obviously, it's Pacquiao that everyone wants. How serious they are about this is anyone's guess, but the negotiations have nearly come together in the past. Maybe this time everyone will have their stipulations known ahead of time, there will be no surprise u-turns by anybody, and they can work from the position they're at today.

We'll see. Pacquiao, of course, first has to get past Juan Manuel Marquez on November 12.

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