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When Floyd Mayweather announced he would be fighting Marcos Maidana for a second time last spring, he also teased a big surprise for May. I can't be the only boxing fan who rolled his eyes.
The reason for the cynicism is simple. The only truly earth-shattering "surprise" Mayweather could announce would be that finally, after all these years of posturing and delays coming from both sides, he was going to fight Manny Pacquiao.
Anything else is a consolation prize. And boxing fans have gotten used to a steady diet of those.
And since I have long since given up on Mayweather and Pacquiao meeting in the ring, it's hard not to view the so-called "surprise" as pure hype.
Maybe I'll be wrong. I'd love it. Maybe Floyd and Manny will finally resolve this soap opera in the ring.
But until it happens, I won't put much stock in rumors or intimations.
More likely Mayweather will announce a fight in London against Amir Khan. A fight overseas would be a "surprise" for Mayweather, who has made Las Vegas his home like no other boxer before him.
I also can't help noting that Miguel Cotto has remained inactive since capturing the lineal middleweight title from Sergio Martinez in June. It could be he's waiting out the year for a rematch with Mayweather next spring.
Even though the last fight wasn't close, a rematch now makes sense with Cotto's newly won title. He no doubt believes he can do better than last time, while becoming a lineal champion at middleweight would do a lot for Mayweather's legacy.
Either way, I think the majority of boxing fans are going to receive Mayweather's big surprise with the enthusiasm of a kid opening up socks on Christmas morning.