Floyd Mayweather Jr to Face John Gotti III in June
Floyd Mayweather Jr. is not done with exhibition boxing. His next bout will be against John Gotti III ( 5-1 MMA) according to a press release. The event will be billed as “Last Names Matter” with a press conference happening in Miami, Thursday that will have Mayweather Jr. and Gotti in attendance. The release states the event will take place Sunday, June 11 from FLA Live Arena in Sunrise, Florida.
Mayweather Jr. ended his pro-boxing career by facing Conor McGregor and winning by TKO in round 10, with a perfect professional record of 50-0, that was in 2017. Then he retired from boxing, but he has since returned to the ring for a series of exhibition bouts.
He has been involved in several exhibition bouts in recent years, including a high-profile match against YouTube personality Logan Paul in June 2021. The bout generated significant media attention and attracted an enormous audience, with millions of people tuning in to watch.
Mayweather’s exhibition bouts have been controversial. Some critics have accused him of taking easy fights against opponents who are not on his level. Others have defended Mayweather, saying that he is simply cashing in on his fame and popularity.
Gotti III’s experience is not just in MMA, he has a record of 2-0 with 1 knock out according to Boxrec, and in combat sports, when youth is on your side against a senior fighter there is always a puncher’s chance the younger fighter can win.
Regardless of one’s opinion of Mayweather’s exhibition bouts, there is no doubt that he is one of the most popular and successful boxers of all time. When he returns to the ring, it seems to always generate some excitement. Ultimately, whether or not you enjoy Floyd Mayweather’s exhibition bouts is a matter of personal preference. There are valid arguments to be made on both sides.
Edward holds a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Bachelor’s degree in Communications. Along with over 30 years of martial arts experience, he co-hosts The Coast-2-Coast Combat Hour podcast, and also writes for Spectation Sports. You can follow him on Twitter @Carbazel