Floyd Mayweather has teased three comeback fights in the last two months, and even attended a press conference to confirm a supposed bout on December 31.
But he recently claimed he was “blindsided” at the press conference and has now pulled the plug on the deal.
Regardless of that farce, one thing is clear — Mayweather is desperate to return to fighting.
But many great boxers before Mayweather did not know when to call it quits, and ended their careers on a low.
Mayweather might not stop fighting until he loses, and that would be a crying shame — but the one crying would be him.
Floyd Mayweather has always promised blood and sweat before he competes in the ring, but if he ever does return to the fight game for one final cash-grab, it could end in tears — and the tears would be his.
Mayweather has made coming out of retirement a business. A comeback, the American knows, means a money fight, something Mayweather knows plenty about.
The 41-year-old retired for the first time in 2007 after he flattened British fighter Ricky Hatton with a highlight-reel check hook in the 10th round.
But he only stayed retired for two years as he returned to boxing for a ruck against the expert counterpuncher Juan Manuel Marquez, whom he dominated with an impressive ease in 2009. Marquez was a lighter opponent but Mayweather looked as good as he ever had, before romping to a succession of clear-cut wins over some of the sport’s biggest names like Shane Mosley, Miguel Cotto, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, and Manny Pacquiao.
In a wildly successful comeback, he won five world championship titles in two weight classes and earned over $600 million in just ten fights — more than he had in his previous 39 bouts. It was like he had never been away.
But then he went away again. He retired after he outclassed an inferior opponent in Andre Berto, a bout that earned him $32 million, and this time it appeared he would retire for good. Before the start of the 12th round, supposedly the final time Mayweather would ever sit on a stool during professional combat, he gave a passionate, teary-eyed speech to his father and head coach, Floyd Mayweather Sr., before fighting the final round of his life — his swansong.
That was it. Mayweather called the curtain on an illustrious career at 49-0, at 38 years old, in 2015.
Mayweather is past his prime
Only, that wasn’t it. There was one more fight to come, as an opportunity presented itself that would guarantee Mayweather would dwarf his previous fight salary. That opportunity was Conor McGregor, the mixed martial artist with a gift of the gab, verbal jabs, and a lethal left cross that had concussed many an opponent in the UFC.
Mayweather retired for the third time in 2017, after he labored to a 10th round stoppage victory over McGregor. It was a big-money …read more
Source:: Business Insider