Speculation and scepticism has always accompanied Floyd Mayweather’s announcement that he will retire after his fight with Andre Berto as the world’s best finally winds down his amazing career.
At 38 years old, and upon the completion of his Showtime contract, Mayweather is adamant that he will leave the sport with a victory over Berto next month and end his time in boxing level with heavyweight great Rocky Marciano on 49-0.
Claims from Mayweather to be ‘The Best Ever’ already have considerable arguments against them, but to be on par with Marciano and not overtake his top division feat, would be the obvious starting point for those who disagree with the five-weight world champion.
Mayweather’s love of cash and all things material saw him eventually share a ring with career-rival Manny Pacquiao back in May, a fight that pocketed ‘Money’ a cool $300m for one nights work and in the process completely smash all pay-per-view records to that point.
Taking into account the notion that Mayweather will overcome Berto in Las Vegas, it’s hard to believe that retirement will follow the final bell and see the pound for pound king ride off into the sunset content with being a joint record holder.
Once Pacquiao is fully fit from the shoulder injury allegedly suffered in their first meeting, the Filipino will surely begin a high-profile campaign for a rematch with Mayweather, potentially following another big match-up with old stablemate Amir Khan.
Considering Khan has been tipped to push Mayweather hard should they ever share a ring, a win for Pacquiao over the Briton in early 2016 would elevate the ‘Pacman’ back into contention sufficiently enough to earn further calls for a second super-fight.
Another helping of ‘MayPac’ would certainly never be a patch on the first in a financial sense due to the way the opening bout panned out, but Pacquiao’s insistence that he was fighting hampered should give Mayweather an incentive to make it even more convincing.
Mayweather could also count on making at least another $200 million from facing Pacquiao on pay-per-view again, so it would be hard to see how the current 147 and 154 pound champion could ever turn his nose up at a cheque that large.