By Chris LaBate
Boxing adviser Leonard Ellerbe has revealed that WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. (42-0, 26KOs) intends to defend his belt on May 5, 2012, and the MGM Grand in Las Vegas has been placed on hold. On September 17th, Mayweather returned from a 16-month layoff to stop Victor Ortiz in four rounds.
Ellerbe told ESPN.com that WBO champion Manny Pacquiao is the main target for May. The two sides have tried to negotiate a fight in the past, with their talks falling apart more than a few times. The biggest issue, which still remains outstanding, are both sides agreeing to a random drug testing protocol.
"We're looking to make the biggest fight possible and everyone knows what that fight is, the little fella. Floyd made it very clear that he wants to give the fans the biggest fights that are out there. He wants to stay active," Ellerbe said. "We're going to do everything in our power to make the biggest fight out there for the fans and we all know what the fight is."
"Floyd made it very clear to us what he wanted to do. He told us he is looking to make the biggest fight that is out there and to make it in May."