by Ayvaunn Penn, Your Black World
Former five-division champ and one of the top boxing stars of the era, Floyd Mayweather Jr., is about to conclude his 16-month lay off come September 17th of this year. He will celebrate the day by challenging opponent Victor Ortiz, and Mayweather announced this to the world in none other than the new-age way — via Twitter. His Tuesday afternoon tweet reads, “My fans have been waiting long enough. Floyd Mayweather vs. Victor Ortiz. Sept 17, 2011 for the WBC world championship.”
Not only is Mayweather eager to get back in the ring, he is just as confident as ever in his abilities — perhaps even a touch boastful. He says:
“I am ready to return to the ring and give my fans a fantastic night of boxing by fighting the best out there and for me, that is Victor Ortiz. He is the current champion and an extremely talented fighter who showed amazing skills, and heart, in his last performance against Andre Berto. At this stage of my career, these are the challenges I look for, a young, strong, rising star looking to make his mark in boxing by beating me…I commend him for accepting the fight, but on Sept. 17, Ortiz is just going to be another casualty, the 42nd one who tried and failed. Trust me, I will be ready.”
Richard Schaefer, Ortiz’s promoter, tells ESPN.com that the location of the fight and the television network it will appear on are still being finalized.
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