BLOOMFIELD, NJ (March 10, 2005) – After feverish discussions and intense negotiations between the fighter's campsm WBC super lightweight champion Arturo Gatti and Floyd Mayweather Jr. have agreed to fight on June 25, 2005, at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ, it was announced today by Kathy Duva, CEO of Main Events, Gatti's promotional firm. There is a deal in place with HBO Pay-Per-View for the bout. Caesar's Atlantic City and Bally's Atlantic City will play host to the junior welterweight championship showdown.
The breakthrough in negotiations came when all parties involved agreed to switch around dates to accommodate Arturo Gatti's training schedule.
“All the parties were very flexible re-arranging dates and sites,” Duva said. “This is boxing at its best with all sides working together – especially Bally's Atlantic City President Ken Condon – to effect compromise and reach a solution where everyone wins, particularly the fans.”
“I am so happy this is resolved,” Gatti said. “I can't wait to get back into the gym so I can punish Mayweather come June 25”
“The fight is on because this is the fight the public demands. It will be,” said Bob Arum, President of Top Rank, representing Team Mayweather, “the biggest junior welterweight fight ever.”
Floyd Mayweather Jr. added, “This will be a great fight for the public. And I want the fans to know that I will be victorious.”