The word “retirement” has always been written at least figuratively if not literally with quote marks around it when in the context of the one being enjoyed by Floyd Mayweather, which “started” after he fought Andre Berto last September.
He told us he was done..his people concurred…but we didn't believe.
How could someone at the top of their game, an all-time all-star in the mix to be discussed as one of the best of the best since the Marquess' rules were adopted, who could earn $30-50-80 million of more for one fight leave the sport?
He couldn't…he wouldn't..he won't, we thought.
That belief solidified that much more when Mayweather spoke up tonight, on Saturday, in DC. The boxer was the promoter of an event in DC, portions of which ran on Showtime, and before the Badou Jack-Lucian Bute main event, Jim Gray spoke to the Money Man.
The 40 in February year old, with a record of 49-0, with that number just begging to be rounded up, told Gray that he'd been in talks with networks about coming back. Nine figures were being discussed, he said.
Gray noted that Floyd had been vacationing his tail off, hitting Paris and all other points of note on the map.
“Everyone is asking me, is Floyd Mayweather coming back? Um, right now, I'm happy being on this side, but I've been talking with CBS and Showtime and you just never know, but, right now I'm happy on this side,” Floyd said.
So what would it take to get him back to the ring? “As of right now, some crazy numbers have been thrown my way, you know upwards of course nine figures…”
The door or maybe the window is cracked open, said Gray…and he then asked Money who is pound for pound right now? Chocolatito Gonzalez, Floyd said.
Thoughts on Gennady Golovkin, or Danny Garcia? GGG should fight Andre Ward, said the maybe soon to be unretired boxer, somewhat strangely, being that Ward is booked to fight at 175 and against Sergey Kovalev. He chided GGG for not wanting to go to 154 to help pave the way to make a fight with Canelo Alvarez, so, really, he was sort of being the puppeteer here, advising him to fight at 154, and 175 pounds.
Floyd had kind words for Danny Garcia, by mistake calling him a prospect, and then a champion. Nah, no interest in the Keith Thurman vs. Shawn Porter winner…And he then plugged his promotional company.
And is he…I mean would he…come back for the moolah or for the 50th win? For both, Mayweather said… a “nine figure payday” and maybe a title up for grabs, he answered.
The promoter talked up Jack, and his growth as a person…and predicted that the Spurs would win the NBA crown.
Your thoughts, friends? No mention of a second Pacman fight, though it seems most of you figure Floyd comes back for that one. I can't see the public buying Garcia as a legit threat…Who else, what else could Floyd take on for that “nine figure payday?”