Not one to disappoint his fans, top welterweight draw Floyd Mayweather Jr. made a pleasantly surprising announcement via Twitter today, June 7, 2011.
Mayweather stated that he has set September 17, 2011 as the date for his next fight, which will be against current WBC Welterweight Champion, Victor Ortiz.
"My fans have been waiting long enough. Floyd Mayweather vs Victor Ortiz. September 17, 2011, for the WBC World Championship."
Mayweather's announcement ends his inactivity from the sport, which has lasted for a little over a year and has cost him his position in Ring Magazine's popular "Pound-for-Pound" rankings.
Rumors regarding the fight were leaked to the media and his fans sometime in the previous month, but Mayweather made sure to keep his plans under wraps by denying any negotiations over an Internet show, "Mayweather After Dark," on Fight Hype.
The confirmation states that bout will put Ortiz's title on the line, which he last won on April 16, 2010, against then title holder, Andre Berto.
Ortiz has a professional record of 29 wins, two defeats and two draws—22 of his wins coming by way of knockout. He also has a slight height advantage (estimated to be around an inch) over Mayweather.
Ortiz's longest winning-streak stands at nine straight victories. He is a southpaw, a stance that Manny Pacquiao—the heavily acclaimed opponent for Mayweather—shares.
Two of Ortiz's last four victories were taken by way of knockout against Vivian Harris (Round 3) and Hector Alatorre (Round 10), specifically.
Mayweather, on the other hand, still boasts his undefiled record of 41 victories, 25 of which came by way of knockout. His most recent appearance in the ring was May 1, 2010, when he completed a convincing rout of "Sugar" Shane Mosley to win the WBA Super Welterweight World Title.
A venue was not included in the Twitter announcement, but with Mayweather involved the fight will undoubtedly be very well promoted and exciting; it will most likely be available on HBO Pay-Per-View with an exclusive 24/7 series leading up to the event.