It’s been less than a month since Mayweather said goodbye to boxing with a decisive victory over Andre Berto in Las Vegas and the five-weight world title holder was making a first public appearance at ringside as a retired fighter/promoter.
‘Money’ was overseeing undefeated Mayweather Promotions’ cruiserweight Andrew Tabiti’s bout against Thomas Lodi, which last all of two rounds, when he made a quip about a comeback having been urged by his co-commentators.
“I’m not coming back…but,” joked Mayweather, before adding: “I’m just happy to be on the other side.”
A huge percentage of those involved in the sport believe that it’s just a matter of time before Mayweather makes his return for a 50th career win to break Rocky Mariciano’s record, which is hoped will be against the winner of Manny Pacquiao v Amir Khan.
Pacquiao is set to face ex-training partner Khan in spring 2016 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas once the pair finalize negotiations, with the winner set to be hailed as the best welterweight in the world in Mayweather’s absence.
It would then be down to Mayweather decide whether to lace up the gloves again for his half-century contest, potentially in September 2016, which would also mark the 20th anniversary of the pound for pound king’s professional debut just one month later.