By Jeff Newman: WBA/WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. (48-0, 26 KOs) gave some hope to boxing fans the other day when he said “Nobody knows what the future holds,” when asked if he’ll continue his career in 2016 to go after win No.50. Right now, Mayweather is saying he’ll be retiring after his fight against former IBF/WBC 147lb champion Andre Berto (30-3, 23 KOs) on September 12th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Mayweather says he’s content with what he’s accomplished with his 19-year pro career. He’s coming off of a fight in which he defeated Manny Pacquiao to make more than $220 million. However, with the money that Mayweather made in that fight, it’s quite possible we could see him back inside the ring next year in a second fight against Pacquiao if the Filipino’s promoter Bob Arum makes him a good offer.
Arum obviously will need to forget all about a 50-50 or 55-45 purse split of the money. We’re probably talking about a 65-35 split or something like 62-37 in favor of Mayweather.
“Right now, I’m cool and comfortable and having no second thoughts at all about retirement,” Mayweather said. “I had a good career, I won every world title, but boxing is wear and tear on the body. It’s time to hang ’em up.”
Mayweather’s long career includes wins over Pacquiao, Miguel Cotto, Jose Luis Castillo, Diego Corrales, Ricky Hatton, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, Juan Manuel Marquez, Oscar De La Hoya and Marcos Maidana. Mayweather definitely beat the best in the sport and did it in style. His win over Pacquiao last May was like a beautiful painting. He beat the Filipino fighter in every which way, and made it look easy.
You can talk about Pacuqiao being injured if you want to, but the fact remains that Mayweather clowned him and had fun doing so. If Pacquiao did suffer a shoulder injury in the fourth round like they’re saying, then that still doesn’t excuse why he looked so befuddled in rounds one through three.
“Boxing has always been work to me, a job. If I could say anything to a youngster taking up boxing it would be to ‘be smart and not take a lot of punches,’” Mayweather said. “It’s called the sweet science for a reason. Hit and not be hit, make a lot of money without taking a lot of punishment. That’s what it’s about.”
I don’t know if there’s anything that will bring Mayweather back to the ring next year. He can fight rematches against Pacquiao, Canelo or Cotto, but I don’t know I that will be enough to motivate Mayweather. The top welterweights, Amir Khan, Keith Thurman, Danny Garcia, Shawn Porter and Kell Brook, don’t have enough cache to motivate Mayweather to fight them. Mayweather could shake up the boxing world if he were to face IBO/WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin, but Mayweather doesn’t seem to be all that excited about taking that fight.