Floyd says deal to fight Alexander nearly done
MANILA, Philippines – Unbeaten American superstar Floyd Mayweather Jr. announced on his social media accounts Wednesday that he is close to completing a deal to fight fellow welterweight champion Devon Alexander.
“It’d be a unification bout at welterweight.”
The negotiations for my fight are almost done. The front runner is IBF Champion Devon Alexander. It’d be a unification bout at welterweight.
— Floyd Mayweather (@FloydMayweather) February 6, 2013
The announcement came as a surprise, as most expected Mayweather to fight Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero on May 4 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
Alexander, who holds a record of 24 wins with one loss, had recently pulled out of his mandatory title defense against British fighter Kell Brook due a biceps injury.
Alexander was scheduled to fight Brook on February 23 but announced last Monday that he has injured his bicep, causing the fight to be postponed.
Boxing Scene notes that both Mayweather and Alexander are represented by boxing adviser Al Haymon.