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Rib Injury Sidelines Mayweather

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Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s return to the ring has been halted due to an injury he sustained to his rib while training.

Golden Boy Promotions said on Sunday that Mayweather’s July 18, 2009 fight against Juan Manuel Marquez at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas will be rescheduled.

“I am extremely disappointed that this fight has to be postponed,” Mayweather (39-0, 25 KOs) said in a statement. “I was training very hard and looking forward to getting back in the ring on July 18.”

Marquez (50-4-1, 37 KOs) said in a statement from his training camp in Mexico that he was also disappointed. I will remain focused, in shape and ready to fight whenever the fight is rescheduled for,” the lightweight champion said.

Details about Mayweather’s injury were not immediately available. Mayweather and Marquez were scheduled to fight at a catch-weight of about 143 pounds, eight more than Marquez has ever fought and the lightest weight for Mayweather since 2005.

Mayweather hasn’t boxed since knocking out Ricky Hatton in December 2007. The former five-division champ was slated to fight a rematch with Oscar De La Hoya but instead abruptly retired last June, turning his attention to show business.

Now, many consider Manny Pacquiao boxing’s best pound-for-pound fighter after the charismatic Filipino icon beat De La Hoya and Hatton in fewer rounds than Mayweather. It is possible that Mayweather and Pacquiao will eventually meet, but this injury will only push things further in the future.

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