Is Floyd Mayweather Jr. stepping out of the boxing ring once and for all?
LARRY BROWN SPORTS punches up the announcement the prima donna pugilist published on Friday, in which Floyd says he’s swearing off the squared circle - and he means it this time.
In Mayweather’s own words (written & edited by his PR squad no doubt):
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.
As the ASSOCIATED PRESS helpfully points out, Mayweather made mention of hanging up his gloves after his last two previous fights - his December KO of Ricky Hatton & his split-decision over Oscar De La Hoya. But Floyd has faith that the third time’s the charm:
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.
He may have found peace, but wait until some promoters offer him a bigger piece of the profits.
After appearing in “Dancing With The Stars”, a couple of HBO reality shows & Wrestlemania XXIV, Floyd must have finally figured out it’s easier to earn fame & fortune without having to get his pretty little face pummeled - or pummeling someone else. He does have a 39-0 record, after all.
As for this being Floyd’s final final retirement, we believe it - just as much as we believe Brett Favre is fully finished.