The Undefeated Fighter May Walk Away After His Next Fight
Floyd Mayweather is hinting that his upcoming fight could end up being his last. The 37-year-old boxer says that he contemplates retirement "every day."
Mayweather has talked about retirement prior to fights in the past, and started a plan to edge himself into retirement over a year ago. He signed a 6-fight deal with Showtime to become the highest paid athlete in all sports. The upcoming fight against Marcos Maidana (34-3, 31 knockouts) at the MGM Grand will be the third fight in his contract.
He started talking to his close friend Nate Jones about an exit strategy almost two years ago. Mayweather has mentioned he has begun to feel the grind of the training regiment to prepare for every fight, long press conferences, along with traveling has started to wear him down.
"He'd just become tired of the training, the rigors of the sport, the media, the tours, people begging him for stuff," Jones told the NY Daily News on Wednesday. "He's just tired of the regimen, of the whole game. He wants to get away sometimes. Now that his kids are taken care of he thinks about it."
This is the first time at a press conference Mayweather has publicly mentioned he might walk away after a fight is over.
"I'm not really worried about [GOING 50-0]," he told reporters. "I'm being honest- I be contemplating every day... getting out of the sport now. I'm very comfortable. Very comfortable."
Mayweather is guaranteed a $32 million purse for the fight win or lose. He has mentioned it could be time to put up the gloves and start a family.
"If I choose to walk away then I walk away," Mayweather told the NY Daily News. "It's just me being a human being. If I feel like walking away then I'm walking away.
Mayweather said he hasn't lost his desire to win though. He promised a toe-to-toe fight against Maidana while in the ring with him.
"But I can promise you this: Saturday, I'm going to give you guys what you want to see. It's not going to be the same fight that I fought with Canelo. It's not going to be the same fight that I fought with Robert Guerrero. It's going to be a totally different fight. No game plan at all. I'm going to be right there," Mayweather said at Wednesdays Press Conference.
"I think styles make fights. I'm looking to win and I'm looking to win very impressively."