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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.

Floyd Mayweather Thrown Out of the Ring by Big Show

I told you recently about Floyd Mayweather Jr. agreeing to wrestle the gargantuan Big Show for $20 million. As a boxing fan, I conceded that Mayweather can do whatever he wants because he’s earned it by beating his competition (with the exception of Cotto). Now I’m actually starting to get worried for the guy. Perhaps his safety can be jeopardized by the fight. First it was Floyd and Big Show getting into it a few weeks ago with Mayweather even landing a clean shot on Big Show. Then on Monday night in Milwaukee, this happened:

If the WWE signed Pretty Boy up in order to get mainstream media coverage, it’s worked. Those geniuses. They have me hooked on Floyd, even if I won’t be watching the match. I think it’s just Pretty Boy’s personality — you know, the fact that he enjoys counting out $1 million in cash on camera! Check out the video in case you’ve never seen a million dollars in cash before …

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Floyd Mayweather Jr. Getting $20 Million to Make Wrestling Debut

There were rumors that Pretty Boy was contemplating a future in MMA. That’s no surprise considering the relationship he struck up with Mark Cuban who owns HDNet (and a little something called the Dallas Mavericks). Anyway, the offers from MMA must not have been enticing enough for PBF who’s looking to score another big payday after raking in the dough from his fight with Oscar De La Hoya. And apparently Pretty Boy has spun the wheel of fortune and landed on wrestling.

Floyd is making his wrestling debut and will be paid $20 million for his fight against some dude named Big Show. Since I’ve never seen WWE, I had no idea who Show was. Now I understand the nickname — he’s 7′ tall and weighs 430 lbs. That’s a lotta man. While Pretty Boy is making his name as a shrewd businessman, this can’t please boxing fans. Unfortunately when promising challengers like Paul Williams lose fights in Temecula, it doesn’t really help the cause. About the only other claim boxing purists can make is that Mayweather should fight Miguel Cotto. Aside from that, there’s really no gripe boxing fans can make. Pretty Boy can pretty much do anything he wants and we can’t say anything about it. Though I do have to say, I’d much rather see the man in the boxing ring. He just doesn’t have a whole lot to gain from it.

Do We Really Need a Mayweather vs. De La Hoya Rematch?

Back when these two met up in May, I analyzed the bout so well pre-fight that I nailed the outcome. Why is that? Because a matchup between Oscar De La Hoya and Floyd Mayweather Jr. is quite predictable; Oscar is bigger and stronger while Floyd is younger and more skilled. Therefore, Mayweather will outpoint De La Hoya, though he won’t score a KO, nor be knocked out himself. Now that we know what will happen in the second fight between the two, why do we need to see this transpire on the canvas once again?

It’s being said that Mayweather and De La Hoya will fight some time in September, though the venue and exact date are not certain. It’s pretty clear to me exactly what is going on. These are two smart business men who are excellent at marketing themselves and their bouts. They plan to get around $25 million per man by fighting, so why not make it happen again? I know it’s a good payday, but come on guys, you really expect us to get all excited again to see the same thing? This is not what the boxing community wants from you, Floyd. This is just as bad of a money grab as what these two clowns are doing. Why not get with it and sign on to fight Miguel Cotto or Paul Williams? That might not get you the same type of green, but it will give you a place in the conversation as the best pound-for-pound fighter in history. So tell me, what’s the real goal at hand?

Mark Cuban Was in Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s Ring Entourage

You’ve already seen my break down of the actual fight, but I just couldn’t resist that screen grab of Wayne Newton. Unbeknownst to me, Mark Cuban, Helio Castroneves, and Wayne Newton, were all in attendance Saturday night to support their Dancing With Stars buddy, Floyd Mayweather Jr. Not only were they there to cheer the man on, but they also formed part of Mayweather’s entourage as he entered the ring. Can you picture a more excited man than the delighted Mark Cuban, who entered bearing a few of Floyd’s championship belts?

To think, Cubes actually abandoned his Mavs for a night to be at this fight. Judging by the smug look on his face, he couldn’t have been more proud. I do have to say, Josh Howard would not be pleased.

Mayweather vs. Hatton: A Clash Along Racial Lines?

The thought hadn’t even entered my mind until late Saturday evening, after Mayweather had already dominated Hatton. I was going for Hatton because I had picked him to win, figuring his combination of power, brawn, and desire would catch an unprepared Mayweather by surprise. I was wrong, but not disappointed. To be upset over an American beating a foreigner in international competition would be unpatriotic, would it not? Well, it was suggested to me Saturday night that support for each fighter was divided upon racial lines — all white guys rooted for Hatton, and all black guys wanted Mayweather. Hispanic fans I guess chose one side or the other, just waiting for Miguel Cotto to get his shot.

As I said, I wanted Hatton to win so as to vindicate my pre-fight analysis. The reason I lost confidence in Floyd, a man whom I’ve backed since his up-and-coming days as a 130 pound featherweight nearly 10 years ago, is because of the way I had been burned before; Mayweather was dominating opponents the way Roy Jones Jr. once had in his weight class, developing a reputation as the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world. Roy quickly became bored with his competition and pursued other interests including professional basketball and music, and wound up getting exposed by Antonio Tarver. Just a few months ago, I saw the same thing in the works with Floyd who was more focused on preparing for Dancing With the Stars than boxing. So was race a dividing factor in this fight? For some, perhaps. For others, myself included, I think it’s Floyd’s pretentious personality that’s a turnoff.

No doubt though, Floyd showed his masterful skill in the ring, living up to his nickname by finished the fight looking pretty. Hatton hardly landed any big shots on Floyd, who maneuvered his way out of the corner of the ring to dance around in the center and utterly dominate the fight. Floyd’s speed caught Hatton off-guard on several occasions, making it seem like Ricky walked into punches. Floyd is the best fighter in the world right now, but he still has a few more fights to take before his legacy is cemented. Next up should be Miguel Cotto, followed by the new Sweet Pea, Paul Williams. Though Mayweather has quickly amassed a fortune of earnings in the sport (back-to-back $25 million fights tells you the sweet science is alive and well), his place in the history books remains in question. I’m guessing it’s only a matter of time before Floyd loses focus and falls unexpectedly to an opponent. After all, it’s happened so many times before, hasn’t it?

(incredible photo courtesy Al Bello/Getty Images)

Hatton Calls Out Mayweather

We’re now inside a week away from a great fight to end the year — Mayweather vs. Hatton. Of course, you really didn’t think we could come this close to the fight without some controversies being drummed up, did you? Right on cue was Ricky Hatton, who called Pretty Boy a wussy in so many words:

“I think he’s an insecure person,” Hatton said last week during a conference call. “I think that’s why he surrounds himself with five or six bodyguards. They always seem to be yes men.

“You know, he always needs people whispering in his ear: ‘You’re the man. You’re Number 1. You’re going to do this, you’re going to do that.’

“That’s all a sign of insecurity. . . . If you believe you’re the best, then you don’t need anybody reminding you or reassuring you.”

Hatton would rather roll solo, sipping on some pints. He provides a nice contrast to the flashy Mayweather, who’s been known to make it rain from time-to-time. Funny thing is, I believe that’s going to do Pretty Boy in. While I think Mayweather’s a wildly talented and slick boxer, I’m worried about the Dancing With Stars curse. Anyone who is worrying about improving his 1-2 step rather than his left-right combo doesn’t have his head in the right place. I’m going with Hatton on Saturday night. Be prepared for more pre-fight analysis as the date approaches.