Floyd Mayweather Jr. Retiring as Boxer?
Sometimes those shockers enter your email box and you really don’t know what to say about it. For a while we’ve been hearing rumors by Pretty Boy that he was done fighting. He kept coming back as payday after promising payday awaited. But this announcement from Mayweather’s P.R. group came across to me and it’s pretty surprising to read. From Floyd:
It is with a heavy heart that I write you this message today. I have decided to permanently retire from boxing. This decision was not an easy one for me to make as boxing is all I have done since I was a child. However, these past few years have been extremely difficult for me to find the desire and joy to continue in the sport.
I have said numerous times and after several of my fights over the past two years that I might not fight again. At the same time, I loved competing and winning and also wanted to continue my career for the fans, knowing they were there for me and enjoyed watching me fight. However, after many sleepless nights and intense soul-searching I realized I could no longer base my decision on anything but my own personal happiness, which I no longer could find. So I have finally made up my mind, spoken to my family, particularly my mother, and made my decision.
I am sorry I have to leave the sport at this time, knowing I still have my God-given abilities to succeed and future multi-million dollar paydays ahead, including the one right around the corner. But there comes a time when money doesn’t matter. I just can’t do it anymore. I have found a peace with my decision that I have not felt in a long time.
Finally, I want to personally thank all of my fans for their loyalty and dedication as my career comes to a close. I always believed that their enthusiasm and support helped carry me to victory with every fight I ever had.
It was a great joy to have fought for all of you. Now I hope you understand my decision and wish me well with the rest of my life.
Floyd Mayweather Jr.
It’s no coincidence that PBF has been branching out to Dancing With the Stars and wrestling appearances. There’s only so long you can take punches for money, and apparently Floyd has reached that point. He leaves behind a fantastic legacy in the boxing world should he never set foot in the ring again. At 39-0, he will be one of the few boxers ever to leave the sport with a perfect record. It’s not easy to leave at one’s peak, and he is doing it. It’s sad we won’t be seeing a match between him and Cotto because that’s one I really wanted to see. All this being said, he’s leaving a tremendous amount of money on the table, and this news is enough to add another $5-10 million on a payday just to bring him out of retirement. I expect him to be back in the ring once again, fighting for record amounts of cash.