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Source: Mayweather Jr. return to be announced Saturday

HBO and Golden Boy Promotions have called an 11 a.m. news conference Saturday to announce the return of Floyd Mayweather Jr. to boxing after more than 17 months away from the ring, a source close to the negotiations told The Times on Friday night.

The unbeaten Mayweather Jr. has been in negotiations to fight Mexico's Juan Manuel Marquez at 144 pounds on July 18 in Las Vegas, Marquez, HBO and other sources have reported to The Times and other news agencies.

Mayweather Jr. last fought in December 2007, knocking out Ricky Hatton to hand he Englishman his only loss, in a 147-pound bout. He retired a few months later as promoters attempted to arrange a rematch between Mayweather and Oscar De La Hoya.

Now, just hours before Hatton fights Manny Pacquiao on Saturday night in a junior-welterweight bout at MGM Grand, the "Pretty Boy" will announce he's back in the game.

-- Lance Pugmire

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