Pound for pound king Floyd Mayweather Jr. has reiterated his desire to stay retired as the five-weight world champion runs the rule over future stars at the Rio Olympics.
The 39 year-old, who bowed out of boxing in September 2015 on 49-0, is constantly linked to 50th fight and a potential rematch with Manny Pacquiao – but as it stands has no plans to return.
Speaking during his scouting mission in Brazil, where Mayweather is eyeing up new signings for his promotional outfit, ‘Money’ told The Associated Press: “I’m an old man. I’m treating my body good, being smart.
“I was still able to compete at the top level for 20 years. I’ve done a lot in boxing. I just want to give back to young champions right there.”
Mayweather’s admission will be a blow to Pacquiao who is himself making a comeback on November 5 against Jessie Vargas with the hope of landing a second fight with the American in 2017.
Pacquiao lost a decision to Mayweather in May 2015 in the most lucrative fight of all time and had targeted a revenge mission in what trainer Freddie Roach labelled, ‘his only reason for returning’ to action this fall.
Should Pacquiao come through Vargas, as expected in Las Vegas, the Filipino Senator may only be disappointed in his attempts to persuade Mayweather to lace up the gloves and face him one more time.