By Mark Elezaj
Floyd Mayweather Jr. (50-0) announced via social media yesterday, that he is coming out of retirement in 2020, after recently saying that he’s completely finished with boxing.
“I’ve got calls to get back into the ring, but my health is my wealth,” Mayweather told Reuters on Tuesday. “Boxing is a very, very brutal sport. In the last few years a lot of fighters have died inside that squared circle. You have got to know when to hang it up. I had a great career.”
The 42 year old undefeated champion has returned from retirement before, back in 2017 when he returned to fight UFC champion Conor McGregor.
Mayweather was last seen in the ring on Dec. 31, 2018, in Japan, when he stopped Japanese kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa by TKO in the first round of a scheduled three-round exhibition fight.
Floyd also shared on his social media that he and UFC president Dana White are “working together again to bring the world another spectacular event” next year.
Mayweather’s name has been linked to rumors that he could return next year to possibly face either Canelo Alvarez or Manny Pacquiao.
Mayweather also said told that he was still open to the idea of doing exhibitions in the future.
“I’ll still travel and do exhibitions. I make great money doing exhibitions — between $10 and $30 million,” Mayweather said. “I think I make more doing that than most fighters make fighting.”
So who will it be?
The answer to that remains to be seen. UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov challenged Mayweather to a boxing match last year. As stated earlier, a potential rematch with Manny Pacquiao has also been teased, and Canelo has already said he would beat Floyd in a rematch of it ever happened. Maybe even a rematch with Conor McGregor?
Mayweather has also stated that he will continue being a boxing promoter and “eventually” he would move on to the world of mixed martial arts.
“Eventually I will move on to build my brand in MMA, but for right now I’m in boxing, and boxing will always be at the top as long as I’m involved,” Mayweather said.
The one thing that we all do know is this, Floyd Mayweather has captured our attention again and we will all tune in regardless of who he faces.
~ The Fighting Voice ~