Why Floyd Mayweather should stay retired...
By Hector Franco
Ever since Floyd’s interview with Showtime’s Jim Gray, the boxing world has been running rampant with the thought of Floyd Mayweather returning to the boxing ring. This had to be expected. Not many fans or anyone who covers the sport really believed the former 5-division world champion had retired for good. The question is why should Floyd come back? What for? The money?
Well, of course, the money.It was even reported that there are talks between Floyd Mayweather and MMA star, Conor McGregor. A bout like this was bound to happen eventually. We’ve seen former boxers like Ray Mercer, James Toney and Holly Holm compete in MMA to mixed results in the past. Even Muhammad Ali faced off against professional wrestler, Antonio Inoki in the 1970’s. It was a free for all match using both wrestling and boxing. This would be something different. The bout apparently would be under boxing rules. In other words, the likelihood of this actually being competitive is highly unlikely. Floyd in boxing circles would be given zero to no credit for beating a fighter who is 0-0 in boxing. It does nothing for Mayweather’s legacy and only lines his pockets with more money. UFC promoter Dana White would also deny that any kind of negotiations are taking place. Then in an interview via Fighthype.com, Floyd Mayweather states that "it may not be a rumor", that the fight could take place. McGregor added fuel to the fire when he posted on twitter a potential fight poster featuring both men with the tagline "MMA Vs Boxing". As of now it's still unclear if this match up is actually being negotiated.
Besides McGregor, Mayweather has many other options if he actually decides to come back. Just looking at the welterweight division itself there are numerous interesting match ups. Bouts with the Thurman-Porter winner and Danny Garcia could be intriguing. But wouldn’t fans prefer for these welterweights to face each other? Most of these welterweights haven’t accomplished even 1/4th of what Mayweather did when he was their age.
Danny Garcia’s name has been thrown out the most at Floyd Mayweather. He holds Mayweather’s former WBC welterweight title. Both men are technically undefeated. Mayweather, however, would be a huge favorite in this match up as fans have seen Garcia struggle against lesser fighters multiple times. Garcia doesn’t bring nearly the notoriety or popularity to entice Floyd to come back. Mayweather should let the young man prove himself against the other welterweights. Even with Mayweather coming off of a layoff, he should be able to handle Garcia quite easily.
Floyd could turn to another circus match that would resemble his bout with Zab Judah. He could face Adrien Broner in a pseudo grudge match. The Mayweather-Broner dynamic has the same intrigue as a reality TV show. Fans may want to see this bout for the build up and press conferences, but it will lack any substance. Broner isn’t in Mayweather’s league. The bout would be no different or more competitive than Mayweather’s last bout against Andre Berto.
Finally, there is a certain rematch that has been brought up again lately. It’s been over a year since Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao stepped inside the ring against one another. The aftermath has been mostly negative. There has been a backlash against both fighters as most observers felt the match up was a sparring session. A cash-grab rather than a fight between the two best fighters of their era. This has been evident in both fighters’ last PPV events as both failed to sell out the MGM Grand and sold less than 500,000 in PPV buys. Both PPV’s had one of the better undercards of both men’s careers. It didn’t matter. The damage from May 2nd had been done. A rematch doing half of the business of the first fight would still be a box office success. Even with the IV gate that was found out last September and all the slowed down videos on YouTube showing that the fight was closer than what it first appeared, do fans still want to go through another Mayweather-Pacquiao? Do they want to see a rematch of a fight that didn’t come close to living up to expectations?
So should Floyd Mayweather come out of retirement? No, he doesn’t need to. If the man has saved enough money and made the right investments, he shouldn’t have to. The money will always be there for Mayweather in some form. What won’t always be there will be his ability to control the pace, his ability to counterpunch and his movement. These things erode over time and Mayweather is no different. Boxing has seen more than its fair share of stories where a former fighter ends up broke. A fighter who stayed in the sport way too long. And go on to lose to fighters he would have defeated in his prime. Boxing needs more stories like Lennox Lewis and Joe Calzaghe. These men retired on top with all their faculties and finances in tact. Floyd could do the same.
The lure of coming back when you know you can still beat the competitors out there is hard to ignore and overcome. The bigger challenge and battle is within. Floyd Mayweather and Rocky Marciano are both 49-0. Instead of coming back to beat this record of 49-0, Mayweather should take notes. In many ways it will be harder for Floyd to retire on top at 49-0 than to comeback to try for 50-0. Mayweather has to move on and so do boxing fans.
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