That question continues to be asked…will we ever see Floyd Mayweather Jr. back in the ring again?
Many have tried to predict in the past and plenty have been wrong, but one thing is for certain – you can never second guess what the Money Man will do.
Even as he approaches his 41st birthday, Mayweather is never far from the headlines and it only seems to take one photo or video clip of the former pound for pound king in the gym to stir the speculation pot.
The fact remains that Floyd has made himself the number one figure in the sport by some distance, with a combination of his performances inside the ring and actions outside – making the American a must-watch for more than just the avid boxing fans.
Mayweather transcends the sport and has done for many years now by choosing the correct opponents at the right time and knowing when to leave people wanting more.
From waiting and waiting to give Manny Pacquiao his opportunity in 2015, to then agreeing what ended up being the easiest payday of his career against Conor McGregor two years later, Mayweather is first and foremost a fighter but a close second comes the businessman we’ve all seen come to the fore when needed.
Listening to his old promoters and learning from their mistakes has been key to Mayweather’s longevity as the veteran five-weight world champion weaved through his career picking up bigger and bigger checks to cash.
The huge PPV breakthrough, on the back of beating several world champions including Diego Corrales, Zab Judah, Arturo Gatti and Jose Luis Castillo, came against Oscar De La Hoya in 2007 and Mayweather hasn’t looked back since making over a billion dollars in fight revenue and endorsements alone.
Not to mention considerable winnings from gambling, Mayweather’s outside acumen seems to be taken for granted, such was his skill level against some of the best names of a generation and more.
Floyd beat fighters who were at the top of their game and did it easily at times – proving his own level was far superior – even if there were a couple of hairy moments to consider into the bargain
Taking his lumps from Castillo, Marcos Maidana and ‘Sugar’ Shane Mosley, plus almost being edged out to a first loss by De La Hoya in their ‘World Awaits’ super-fight’, all went with the territory as Mayweather proved time and again he was better than the rest and virtually an undefeatable force.
Rumors of a possible 2018 run with the UFC seem completely unfathomable, although who would bet against Mayweather coming back for another one or two fights in the squared circle down the line once he gets bored of retirement?
Whether his strip club business will be enough to keep his ego at bay is a separate debate…but one thing remains certain when you talk about Floyd Mayweather…is that everybody talks about Floyd Mayweather!
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Phil Jay is Editor of World Boxing News. Follow on Twitter @PhilDJay