Ringstar promoter Richard Schaefer believes any Floyd Mayweather Jr. comeback would herald an immediate return to the summit of the sport for the long-reigning ex-pound for pound number one.
Schaefer worked alongside Mayweather for many years during his lengthy spell with Golden Boy Promotions before venturing out on his own earlier this year ahead of a debut show next month.
Mayweather finally retired in September 2015 but was afforded a year’s grace at the top of the WBN Pound for Pound list before finally being overhauled by firstly Roman Gonzalez, followed by arch-nemesis Manny Pacquiao and more recently Andre Ward.
Despite not fighting for over fourteen months, the 39 year-old is constantly linked to a ring return, either in a crossover fight with Conor McGregor or a second helping of his record-breaking 2015 clash in Las Vegas opposite Filipino Senator Pacquiao.
Their meeting at the MGM Grand made $400 million plus and saw Mayweather pocket a tidy nine-figure sum, which many think is the main reason the ‘Money’ man will be back in action at some point in the future to build on his impressive 49-0 tally.
Following Pacquiao’s standout win over Jessie Vargas earlier this month, which Mayweather attended, attention immediately switched to the possibility of ‘MayPac II’ taking place in May of 2017 – once again at the sport’s capital in Nevada.
Asked his thoughts on the furore Mayweather tried to dampen by reiterating his retirement last week, Schaefer was in no doubt about the regard in which the American should be held.
“Floyd made it clear that he is retired and we have to accept that, but it’s funny that a lot of people could not wait for Floyd to retire and now when he is retired they want him back,” Schaefer exclusively told World Boxing News.
“If Floyd would consider a return, he would be without any question be the top dog of the sport immediately. He is our generation’s G.O.A.T. (Greatest of All Time) just like our parents and grandparents had theirs in Muhammad Ali.”
On the potential for a return against Pacquiao, he added: “As much everyone is complaining about a potential Mayweather vs Pacquiao II, let’s face it we would all buy it.
“Even if the fight would do half of what the first fight did it still would be the second largest boxing event in history from a financial standpoint.
“I tend to think that it would do much more than half of the first fight though and would still make both fighters a lot of money,” said Schaefer.
December 10 is the date Schaefer’s debut show will go down at the USC Galen Center in California as Jermall Charlo faces Julian Williams and Jesus Cuellar battles Abner Mares in an attractive double-bill.