Boxing superstar Mayweather says he might retire
Posted on 12:28pm Monday 7th May 2012
Boxing starlet Floyd Mayweather Jr. says he’s leaning “80-20” towards retirement following his successful WBA super welterweight title fight against Miguel Cotto on Saturday night, or Sunday morning if you were watching in the UK like I was. Mayweather Jr. has brought about much controversy during his career, although his talent cannot be denied.
The unbeaten 35-year-old champion won his 43rd straight professional bout through unanimous decision, 118-110, 117-111, 117-111. Mayweather faces a jail sentence on June 1st on misdemeanour domestic violence and harassment charges. The sentence is expected to stretch into August, even on good behaviour charges, which would not give Mayweather enough training days for him to headline a September 15th pay-per-view bout at MGM Grand.
Mayweather’s sentence had originally been postponed due to the expected fight between Mayweather and Manny Pacquio. Many critics had stated that Mayweather was ducking Pacquio because he wanted to keep his undefeated record. Mayweather says the Pacquio fight will never happen because Pacquio doesn’t deserve a 50/50 split of revenues because Mayweather says the Mayweather brand genereates more pay-per-view buys. He earned a record $32 million guarantee Saturday, and that figure will climb.
On whether or not he’ll fight again Mayweather said: “I don’t have to fight if I don’t want to. They say to save the best for last, and if this was my last fight, it was a hell of a fight.”