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Floyd Mayweather Jr. To Rematch Mafia Scion John Gotti III In Exhibition In February Next Year

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Floyd Mayweather Jr. and John Gotti III will meet in the ring next year in February to finish up the "unfinished business" that had been left in the wake of their controversial fight in which Gotti was disqualified. (Photo by Mayweather Promotions)

Floyd Mayweather Jr. seems eager to get back in the ring for an exhibition against John Gotti III, whom he faced earlier this year. Their first match was declared a no contest after extreme and vulgar in-ring banter, leading to Gotti’s disqualification and a post-match brawl between their teams. The rematch is set for February in Las Vegas during Super Bowl Weekend, although a specific date and venue have yet to be confirmed.

In Mayweather’s first match with John Gotti III, he won the majority of rounds fairly easily, but the match was overshadowed by verbal insults, resulting in Gotti’s disqualification in the sixth round. Fighting occurred between the two fighters’ teams afterwards, blemishing an event that already seemed quite lackluster in nature due to the entire card consisting of exhibition fights.

While Mayweather’s accomplishments speak for themselves, John Gotti has a much less recognizable name in combat sports and a boxing record of 2-0, with one victory by knockout or stoppage. He has also participated in MMA, with six total fights, recording five wins, four by knockout, submission, or stoppage.

Gotti’s involvement in combat sports, along with his connection to the Gotti mob family, likely contributed to him being selected as Mayweather’s opponent. Mayweather has been acquainted with the family for years, with Gotti even considering Mayweather one of his idols while growing up.

Despite their prior familiarity, genuine animosity appears to have developed after their match on June 11th at the FLA Live Arena in Florida. The post-match brawl following Gotti’s disqualification was the most noteworthy part of the event, potentially helping draw interest for a match in Las Vegas during the Super Bowl, a widely recognized event in the USA.

The exhibition will likely follow normal boxing rules, with each round set for three minutes. The result will not count on both fighters’ professional records. It is also still unknown at which weight they will fight at.