Floyd Mayweather Jr has just eleven months left of his glittering career if the pound for pound king sticks to his word, but whether his ego will allow it could be an entirely different matter.
According to bookmakers, Mayweather is currently at odds of 2/9 on to end his time in boxing with an unbeaten record.
‘Money’ has so far danced and shoulder-rolled his way to an awesome 47-0 record in eighteen years at the top of the sport and currently earns in excess of $50m for one night’s work with pay-per-view network Showtime.
Mayweather’s extravagant lifestyle, where the fighter regularly pays out over $1m for cars and places sports bets of up to half a million, puts the five-weight world champion in a precarious position – even with his vast wealth at the moment, as many before him have blown their career earnings just few years after stepping away.
Whether the world number one can resist those massive pay-days if he does retire on 49-0 is totally up for debate, although a 50th fight would probably see Mayeather pick up his biggest check to date if he does decide to prolong his ring stint further.
Bernard Hopkins has shown at 49 that if you have the skills to pay the bills you can stay at the top for as long as you keep that burning desire, and this reason may well see Mayweather lacing up the gloves well into his forties in the future.