Floyd Mayweather no longer holds the record for the most victories without defeat in retirement after Wanheng Menayothin declared his boxing career over.
At 50-0, Mayweather sat pretty with his gloves hung up until Menayothin ended his stint with Golden Boy Promotions early.
Menayothin, the long-time WBC minimumweight champion, signed a deal with Oscar De La Hoya last year. He hoped to finally fight outside his native Thailand to prove his credentials fully.
At the time, Wanheng, real name Chayaphon Moonsri, was looking forward to the challenge.
Mayweather or Menayothin
“I am delighted that Golden Boy allows my name to expand in other countries,” said Menayothin last year.
“I felt excited when I learned that I would fight outside my country. It will be the first time that I will fight in another country.
“Not only will I prove myself, but I will make the world know me and recognize me as the best champion in my division. ”
This sadly won’t come to pass unless Menayothin has a change of heart once the coronavirus lockdown fully subsides.
The 34-year-old leaves the sport on 54-0. Four wins ahead of Mayweather, who retired officially from boxing in 2017.
Mayweather would need to launch a comeback at 43 and score five victories to topple the new benchmark at 55-0.
That seems an unlikely scenario as Mayweather once again confirmed he intends to remain out of action to concentrate on coaching.
“I’m retired. I’m through with boxing,” Mayweather told Fighthype.com. “It don’t hurt to stay in shape, you know.
“Your body is a temple, and you only get one body. I’m just keeping it sharp, not for boxing but for myself.
“I’m training fighters and just enjoying myself in this pandemic. I’m just staying in shape and helping the young up-and-coming generation accomplish what they want.
“It’s a bit like a car. You can’t just wash the car and keep the car clean. It’s not all about that outer shell. I’m in the gym, just working out and doing cardio.
“I’m just trying to keep my body looking good on the outside. Also doing other workouts to help the inner body,” he added.