Area 51: Floyd Mayweather mulling over another return to the ring
According to Stephen Espinoza speaking to TMZ Sports, Floyd Mayweather Jr. has been telling those close to him he’s thinking about fight number 51 in the coming year.
Mayweather last fought in August when stopping Conor McGregor in the tenth round, scoring his first bona-fide knockout since Ricky Hatton way back in 2007.
Claiming the 27th early night of his career clearly got Mayweather’s juices flowing as it’s usually around the 18-month mark that the former pound for pound king begins stirring up his own comeback rumors.
But ever since the McGregor win, which saw Mayweather break Rocky Marciano’s 49-0 record, ‘Money’ has posted videos of himself training and keeping himself in top shape.
Initially, there was talk of a potential rematch with McGregor, although the Irishman seems to have turned his attention to Mayweather’s old foe Manny Pacquiao.
That fight could well make it over the line in 2018, whilst Mayweather would have few options open to him for a return to action.
“Floyd has been telling people close to him that he is considering a 51st fight – and he has been training like a maniac in the gym,” Espinoza told TMZ.
“He is still in fighting shape and ready to go and we have been told he is kicking around the idea of another comeback.”
Current welterweight number Keith Thurman could be a target or even IBF ruler Errol Spence could be considered should Mayweather aim to reclaim his rightful crown at 147 pounds.
Gennady Golovkin has always stated his desire to fight Mayweather at 154 pounds, although facing the big-punching Kazakh may not be on the five-weight world champion’s radar.
As Golovkin holds all the belts at 160 pounds, putting them on the line at a lower weight would give Mayweather the opportunity to become a six-weight conqueror.
‘GGG’ is lined up for a rematch with Canelo Alvarez on May 5 but would have to be victorious over the Mexican in order to entice Mayweather for a date in the fall.
It seems Mayweather just can’t shake his bug for boxing and earning those nine-figure paychecks. Well, who can blame him for that?
Phil Jay is Editor of World Boxing News. Follow on Twitter @PhilDJay