World Boxing Council (WBC) President Mauricio Sulaiman has announced that on this Juneteenth Day, a special commemorative belt will be presented to former five-division champion Floyd Mayweather Jr in his exhibition fight against John Gotti.
This belt will be a commemorative symbol of Juneteenth Day, a celebration that remembers the day the enslaved African-Americans were freed. On the occasion of this important day, the WBC will award its themed belts to Mayweather, as well as to Robert Smith, James McNair and Deon Taylor for their contributions to society.
“Juneteenth is a national holiday and Floyd Mayweather is the best representative for success and glory through hard work and dedication,” Sulaimán told TMZ Sports. “The WBC will thank and support these four great men who make life better for all every single day.”
Floyd Mayweather Jr. returns on June 11 against John Gotti III.
Since retiring from professional boxing, Mayweather has continued to box in exhibitions that allow boxing fans to enjoy Floyd’s unique and incredible talent.#wbcboxing @FloydMayweather @lunaypr1 @ozuna pic.twitter.com/VtlN2lPGCZ
— World Boxing Council (@WBCBoxing) May 12, 2023
The last time the WBC presented a belt commemorating to Juneteenth, was back in 2021, when they presented the commemorative championship to Jermall Charlo in his victory over Juan Macias Montiel on the 19th of June 19 that year.
This upcoming Mayweather vs. Gotti bout, heading to the LA Live Arena in Sunrise, Florida will be for show only and will not have an official winner, it will only be for the purpose of entertainment.
The fight will take place on 11th June, eight days before Juneteenth, where Mayweather will lock horns against Gotti III, who is the grandson of former American crime boss John Gotti.
This will be the seventh exhibition bout for Mayweather since his retirement fight against Conor McGregor back in 2017. Gotti, on the other hand, has a 2-0 boxing record and also has MMA experience.