Floyd Mayweather begins UK tour by reaffriming retirement, defending ‘TBE’ nickname

Phil Jay 02/02/2016

Floyd Mayweather has once again confirmed that a return to the sport is not on the cards as the pound for pound king begins a UK tour after touching down in London.

The American, who turns 39 this month, retired last September on a record-equalling 49-0 and has consistently been linked with a return to action ever since. Mayweather eased passed Andre Berto in his final Las Vegas contest on the back of a career-defining victory over Manny Pacquiao the previous May.

Despite stating that he’s received ‘crazy numbers of nine figures’ to launch a quick comeback, ‘Money’ Mayweather says that a 50th career bout isn’t in his thoughts at this moment in time.

“As of right now, I am out completely,” Mayweather told the BBC’s World Service.

“If I do get the itch to come back, it really won’t be for the money but I have to get paid. That’s why the nickname is Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather.”

Question on his claims to be ‘The Best Ever’, the five-weight world champion was a little more humble than usual, but did state that his self-proclamation is well deserved following a successful 19-year career.

“I really wouldn’t want to say the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world,” said the welterweight.

“You know, I am no longer active. I would like to say ‘The Best Ever’ and It’s not being cocky or arrogant, it’s just the proof is in the pudding. I think I have earned the right to call myself TBE.

“And I have lived up to the name TBE by going out there, day-in, day-out, when I was active and winning.

“Have I have ever took a loss before? Yes. In life. You lose a loved one, that’s taking a loss. When your children hurt, that’s a loss.

“When you are sick, that’s a loss. But I got to where I got to from a lot of hard work, a very strong team, a smart team that stood behind me,” he added.