Floyd Mayweather sets date for ring return as legend announces Dubai bout

Floyd Mayweather has confirmed he will take to the ring yet again for another exhibition bout on February 20, 2022 in Dubai.

Mayweather has taken on a number of exhibition fights since he called time on his professional career, of which he never tasted defeat across 50 contests.

A bizarre move in terms of promotion for the fight, but Mayweather is yet to reveal who he will be facing off in the ring with in over a months time.

Speaking to the camera while in Dubai, Mayweather confirmed the news, explaining: "Big business, big business, big business, Money May – 2022 in Dubai, right here, exhibitions, big business, events in 2022 – I'll see you guys."

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Reluctant to go into further details, Mayweather said no more, leaving his army of fans guessing as to who could be up next for the fighter.

The 44-year-old last took to the ring in a competitive sense all the way back in 2017, though even that bout faced intense scrutiny over the fact he was taking on UFC champion Conor McGregor inside the ring, rather than the Irishman's more familiar setting of an octagon.

Since then, Mayweather has enjoyed a number of exhibitions, the most recent of which came against YouTube star Logan Paul on June 6 of last year at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida.

The clash lasted eight rounds, both fighters going the distance as per the rules of the exhibition which ensured no official winner was announced.

By just stepping into the ring with Paul, Mayweather is rumoured to have pocketed $10m which was then increased after taking home half of the pay-per-view profits.

Prior to that, he went to Japan to take on MMA star Tenshin Nasukawa in a three-round exhibition bout that saw him earn a staggering $88m all in.

It proved to be lightwork for the former welterweight champion, who knocked Nasukawa on to the canvas three times, leading to his corner throwing in the towel.

More recently, Mayweather has been watching two-time unified world heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua prepare for his upcoming rematch against Oleksandr Usyk.

The ex-Team GB gold medallist uploaded a short clip to his Instagram that showed Mayweather watching on as Joshua trained, alongside a caption praising the former fighter for his help.

"The best to do it and always helping the next generation," Joshua wrote of Mayweather. "Big respect, champ."

This link-up appears to have been in the works for some time, as Mayweather's comments from earlier this month suggest: "I told him from the beginning, I came on the record from the beginning, I told him to come and I could teach him some pointers."

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