Floyd Mayweather Returns: Is It Only To Regain His Lost Pound-for-Pound Status?

Martin SaltCorrespondent IJune 10, 2011

Show Me the Manny? I doubt it...
Show Me the Manny? I doubt it...Ethan Miller/Getty Images

Floyd Mayweather, Jr., will fight WBC Welterweight Champion Victor Ortiz on September 19, 2011; this has obviously been the subject of much media attention over the last few days.

I, for one, am pleased to see "Money" back in the ring because, love him or hate him, the man is able to generate a huge amount of interest in the sport.

Mayweather has also picked a very credible opponent in Victor Ortiz (who is coming off a decent victory against Andre Berto). The fight will be a good test for Mayweather and he should be praised for fighting a tough opponent rght after being away for more than a year.

Mayweather could have chosen to fight a lesser opponent in his latest comeback. One thing Mayweather cannot be accused of in recent times is fighting sub-standard fighters.

With the amount of interest the fight has already generated, it is likely to be a big seller through the box office. I would not be surprised if the fight generated more pay-per-view sales than the Mayweather vs Mosley fight. 

After the fight is over, I strongly suspect that this will be as far as it goes. Mayweather could find another credible opponent to face after Ortiz.

But I don't think it will be Pacquiao.

I have noticed that many boxing columnists have suspected that the reason Mayweather is taking this fight may be to serve as a warm-up for a fight against Pacquiao.

This is a logical assumption. Both Ortiz and Pacquiao are fast and awkward southpaws. Even Freddie Roach thinks Mayweather will finally cave in to public pressure and fight his No. 1 opponent.

Is Mayweather fighting again so he can continue to cement a legacy without having to risk everything? Maybe Mayweather could not take being recently removed from The Ring Magazine's pound-for-pound rankings. 

It seems too much of a coincidence that Mayweather should announce his return so soon after losing his Pound-for-Pound status in May 2011. The rating has only been removed from The Ring for him, but this is the list that many in the boxing community consider as the most definitive.

It may have been too much for Mayweather to take, forcing him to return to the ring. Not just to fight, but also to ensure that whoever he fought had a good reputation and would propel him straight back into the top-echelons of the boxing elite.

It would not be surprising to see Mayweather back-listed in The Ring Magazine's Pound-for-Pound ratings next month after re-evaluation.

Mayweather likes to be famous, noticed and talked about. His love for money also comes high in his priorities. His legal troubles are well documented. Maybe his return is simply for the money, but I am not so sure. 

Pacquiao is probably the most famous boxer on the planet at the moment, and rightly so.

Mayweather often comments on this and it is clear that he dislikes the amount of attention showered on the Filipino congressman. Mayweather's fight with Ortiz provides him with the opportunity to be the centre of attention in boxing once more.

We are all desperate for Mayweather to fight Pacquiao and I hope that one day a miracle will occur. But I believe that Mayweather is back to quickly show his face in the ring and let us all know he is still around.