15
Jun
09

Mayweather injured, resets Marquez fight

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) — Floyd Mayweather Jr. suffered a rib injury during training and will be unable to fight Juan Manuel Marquez next month, the fighter said on Sunday.

The eagerly awaited fight had been due to take place on July 18 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

”I am extremely disappointed that this fight has to be postponed,” Mayweather said in a statement. ”I was training very hard and looking forward to getting back in the ring on July 18.”

The 32-year-old Mayweather has not fought since Dec. 8, 2007 when he knocked out Briton Ricky Hatton in the 10th round in Las Vegas to retain his WBC welterweight title.

”I was very disappointed to hear the news about the fight being postponed,” the 35-year-old Marquez said from his training camp in Mexico.

”I will remain focused, in shape and ready to fight whenever the fight is rescheduled for.”

“With boxing’s No. 1 pound-for-pound fighter, Manny Pacquiao, still searching for his next opponent, there was some speculation that Mayweather (39-0, 25 KOs)may have been looking for an excuse to get out of a fight with Marquez (50-4-1, 37 KOs) and move straight to a mega fight with Pacquiao,” said Chris Mannix in an article for SI.com.

But Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer, who promotes Marquez, told SI.com on Sunday that the contract between Marquez and Mayweather is still in place and the fight would be rescheduled in the fall.

“It’s a legitimate injury,” said Schaefer. “We have talked to a doctor. My understanding is that it is muscle related. It’s a tough injury for Floyd because he was looking to fight twice this year. Now he is probably only going to get to fight once.”

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