Five-weight world champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. turned 40 years old as rumors of a possible fight with MMA star Conor McGregor.
The ex-pound-for-pound king, sorely missed by the sport, retired in 2015 on the same magical mark as Rocky Marciano. He vowed never to fight the 50th bout before whispers of a McGregor fight took hold.
If he is to fight McGregor in a bid to reach his half-century, 49-0, Mayweather – as ever, wants it done the right way.
The Irishman must be fully licensed in Las Vegas to participate in a contest that adds extra topping to Mayweather’s already excellent C.V.
Floyd Mayweather – a fantastic career
During his ring career, spanning some 19 years, Mayweather took on and defeated every major fighter out there.
In the process, he hardly came out of his career with a scratch on him.
Many are too quick to judge Floyd on outside-the-ring problems and the persona he adopts. What’s most important to those involved in the sport is that Mayweather is considered what went on between the ropes – which can only be said was masterful.
Mayweather was a joy to watch at times as he bamboozled all comers. He only needed a mere few minutes to figure out their style before working out a plan to nullify their strengths to gain enough points to take a decision victory.
Granted that Mayweather wasn’t as exciting later in his career once he switched from the ‘Pretty Boy’ to the ‘Money’ man. However, the purists have to admire the skill of the American in what is the hardest and loneliest of all sports.
Floyd – The promoter
Since hanging up his gloves, Mayweather has embarked on helping others achieve their dreams, like Ishe Smith, Badou Jack, and Mickey Bey,
They all became world champions when ordinarily they may not have had the opportunity to do so.
As Floyd stands on the verge of a return himself, he should get back in the ring if only to just boxing fans to enjoy his majestic movements one more time.
And that’s despite big question marks over the man who will be staring at him in the opposite corner.
Probably the biggest compliment anyone could pay would be to rightly say he’s never lost his crown in the ring. If he fought another five years, he could still stay undefeated.
Also, any announcement of a Mayweather comeback would instantly mean a return to the top of the P4P ratings.
Nobody currently riding high at the top of the boxing tree is yet earned the right to sit in Floyd’s chair.
The views expressed in this article are the opinions of Phil Jay.
WBN Editor Phil Jay has over ten years of boxing news experience. Follow WBN on Facebook @officialworldboxingnews, Instagram, and Twitter @worldboxingnews.