- Floyd Mayweather: "I'm not coming back! The goal now is to find the next Floyd Mayweather!"
Floyd Mayweather: "I'm not coming back! The goal now is to find the next Floyd Mayweather!"Hot
When the biggest name in boxing, Floyd Mayweather Jr., officially announced his retirement from the sport in September of last year, very few fight fans and scribes believed it.
According to "Money" May, he has no plans of a comeback and is currently enjoying a much different role within the fight game.
"I'm not coming back," stated the self-proclaimed "TBE" to ESNews in Anaheim, California last night. "They ask me the same questions over and over again. I just want to help these young fighters. That's what it's all about."
After reaching his 49th consecutive victory without a single loss on his professional resume, by defeating former WBC and IBF Welterweight Champion Andre Berto on September 12, 2015, most believed it to be only a matter of time before Floyd Mayweather would decide to step back into the ring and attempt to surpass Heavyweight great
Rocky Marciano's hallowed record of 49 wins and 0 losses. The 39 year old fight promoter claims he's looking forward to fulfilling a new goal within the sport...one which doesn't include reaching 50-0.
"It's a blessing. I had a good career. But the ultimate goal now is to find the next Floyd Mayweather. I want these fighters to go out there and break my record (49-0), hopefully he's under my banner if he does. I'll feel good about it!"
Despite discussing a potential fight with UFC superstar Conor McGregor several months ago during an interview with Showtime Sports' Steve Farhood, Mayweather believes the spotlight should now be focused around boxing's future, not it's past.
"I try to be in the background," affirms Floyd Mayweather Jr. "That's why when the fighters fight, I don't get in the ring and try to steal the fighters' shine. Sometimes the fighter asks me, please come into the ring with me, and that's when I'll go. But most of the time, I'll try to stay on the sidelines."
Most observers believe the former five-division world champion would indeed return to boxing as a contestant if an attractive enough opponent could help garner Mayweather another nine-figure payday. Within boxing's current climate, Middleweight kingpin Gennady Golovkin and MMA favorite Conor McGregor are widely considered to be his only two realistic options if Floyd Mayweather hopes to make over $100 million in one evening.
The former pound for pound king insists that he is a retired prizefighter, and has no immediate plans to step in the squared circle as a combatant.
When asked again by several media representatives at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California, about a potential return to the ring, Floyd seemed a bit perturbed.
"That's old," stated Mayweather Jr. "I like to leave stuff that's old in the past. Move on. They ask me these questions a thousand times, 'am I coming back'...they ask me the same questions over and over. I'm not coming back."