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Mayweather-Marquez to fight Sept. 19

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The Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Juan Manuel Marquez fight has been rescheduled for Sept. 19.

Mayweather couldn’t fight on the original date, July 18, because of a rib injury suffered in training. He received clearance from his doctor to fight in September.

The welterweight fight, marking Mayweather’s return after what will be a 21-month layoff, will take place the MGM Grand in Las Vegas and be televised on HBO Pay-Per-View.

“I am relieved to be cleared to fight as I was already looking forward to getting back in the ring,” Mayweather said in a prepared statement. “Trust me, Sept. 19 is a great weekend for boxing, and all of my fans, of which there are many Mexicans too, can certainly hold on to their hats and sombreros when I get back in to the ring and show them what they have been missing these past 18 months.

“I will destroy Marquez and reclaim my rightful place as boxing's pound-for-pound king all in one night.”

Marquez is pleased that the new date is confirmed and that the fight will take place on Mexican Independence Day weekend.

“I am happy that Mayweather has been cleared to fight and we can get down to business on Sept. 19,” he said in the statement. “This weekend is not just an important weekend for boxing, but even more so for all of the Mexican and Mexican-American people I will be fighting for who will have a great reason to celebrate my win over Mayweather, which will be for all of the people and for the entire country of Mexico that night. I am sure of victory.”

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