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Floyd Mayweather Jr vs Victor Ortiz Rumor Returns

It's been a long time since we've seen Floyd Mayweather Jr in the ring. Is "Money" headed back this fall? (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
It's been a long time since we've seen Floyd Mayweather Jr in the ring. Is "Money" headed back this fall? (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

Rumor rumor rumor rumor -- it has to be done.

Anyway, the rumor of a Floyd Mayweather Jr vs Victor Ortiz fight in September is back, with a report indicating that the fight could be announced sometime this week, and that Cowboys Stadium outside of Dallas is the target venue.

Mayweather (41-0, 25 KO) hasn't fought since May 1, 2010, when he routed Shane Mosley in Las Vegas. In the meantime, Mayweather has had further tax issues, multiple assault allegations, gambling updates on Twitter (when he wins), and has been barely visible in the boxing world other than being, still, a superstar whose name people know and care about. Mayweather has attended a couple of fights since he fought Mosley, and was notably present on April 16 when Ortiz (29-2-2, 22 KO) defeated Andre Berto in Connecticut.

One thing that would be interesting -- again, it's just a rumor, but let's talk shop anyway -- would be seeing how Mayweather could draw in Texas with Ortiz, who is based in California and while he can draw a little bit, certainly isn't a huge star or anything. Mayweather is a big PPV attraction and there's no arguing that, but he's never been a great live draw, even post-superstardom.

Mayweather also hasn't fought outside of Las Vegas, where he has also lived for years, since 2005, when he beat Sharmba Mitchell in Portland. Even if the fight does come around, I kind of have a hard time seeing it happen at Cowboys Stadium. Too much chance of it looking bad if it doesn't sell. But Jerry Jones, the owner of the Cowboys, might also be worried that his megabuilding will sit empty if there's no NFL season, so who knows how much he might pay to get the fight?

It's all still just a rumor, but it's now a lot of smoke for there to be no fire coming.

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