Ever since he retired last September, many people aren’t convinced that Floyd Mayweather Jr. won’t be going for win number 50. And why not ? With his TBE motto, Mayweather believes he is in a class all by himself. But at 49-0, he is tied with the legendary Rocky Marciano for the record of the most wins without a loss to retire as champion. To top Marciano, Mayweather must fight and win one more time.
Logically, rumors pointed to a rematch with rival Manny Pacquiao, whom Mayweather beat in the richest fight in sport history last May 2015. But Mayweather’s always insisted that a rematch would be pointless because he beat Pacquiao 10 rounds to 2 and that he would likewise beat the Filipino again with or without Pacman’s purported shoulder injury.
One week ago, Mayweather threatened to reclaim his PPV kingship after he was told by his videographer that the people behind Canelo-Khan are talking of breaking the PPV record and gate sales of Mayweather-Pacquiao:
FLOYD MAYWEATHER SAYS HE COULD SHUT DOWN CANELO VS. KHAN BY FIGHTING DANNY GARCIA IN 50TH FIGHT pic.twitter.com/lnHEA3zcq4
— .THE FIGHT GURU. (@TheFightGuru) February 15, 2016
But during an appearance at an event co-promoted by Mayweather promotions last Tuesday, Mayweather reiterated to reporters that he isn’t coming back:
— USA TODAY Sports (@USATODAYsports) February 18, 2016
Mayweather added during the PBC on Fox 1 event:
“As a professional fighting 20 years at the top of the professional level it’s good just to see these guys accomplish their goals. The ultimate goal is to become world champion. These guys gonna make seven figures someday. … I’m happy being on the sideline.”
But just after we thought Mayweather was firm with his words (again), he teased the media two days ago. In an interview with Fight Hype, Mayweather was pressed for a name if he were to go for # 50. When someone from the crowd blurted out “Triple G”, Mayweather’s reply was:
“I can barely make 147, so how am I gonna fight at 160? Triple G, not being disrespectful, but he’s straight up and down, no special effects. That’s easy work.”
Mayweather may need not go as high as 160. Last October, Boxing Scene reported that Golovkin was willing to fight Mayweather at 154 pounds. As for this latest challenge from Mayweather, the Kazakh knockout artists hasn’t replied yet.
One thing is sure though, Floyd Mayweather’s trying to make a lot of noise lately. But while that may be related to a desire to fight again, it may mean also otherwise. Mayweather’s always been the Alpha male and as such he loves the attention that comes along with it.
Floyd Mayweather Jr. may not be fighting again, but that doesn’t mean he’s going to keep quiet in the sidelines.