Floyd Mayweather, Jr. claims to be happily retired after a nearly 20-year career that saw him win 49 out of 49 fights, but there was a lot of talk this past week about Mayweather returning to the ring. On two separate editions of On The Ropes Boxing Radio, two world-renowned trainers, Floyd Mayweather, Sr. and Abel Sanchez, discussed the possibility of a Floyd Mayweather comeback.
Floyd Mayweather, Sr.’s relationship with Floyd Jr. has long been a tumultuous one, but after being apart for 13 years, Floyd Sr. was with Mayweather, Jr. for the final two-and-a-half years of his career, including Mayweather’s win in his highly-anticipated bout with Manny Pacquiao. Mayweather, Jr. won the May 2, 2015 fight by unanimous decision, but Pacquiao claims that he had an injured shoulder, which is why he says that he couldn’t land any big shots on Mayweather or take the fight to the inside as he likes to do. Speaking with Jenna J. on the aforementioned On The Ropes Boxing Radio program, Floyd Mayweather, Sr. said that Pacquaio wants another shot at Floyd Jr. and that the door may be open for a rematch.
“I can’t really say what he’s going to do because I’m not him. The thing of it is, they keep talking about Pacquiao wanting to fight, and Danny Garcia might want to fight Floyd. Pacquiao wants to do it again, for what does he want to do it? No one knows. The only thing good there is Floyd’s gonna whoop his a** where he can get enough money to go about his business and sit his a** down somewhere. That’s a real simple fight for Floyd. It’s been a long time coming and it came, and when it came, Pacquiao got it. And guess what? Pacquiao can get it again.”
Floyd Mayweather’s 49th and final fight came against Andre Berto, which upset some boxing fans, as many felt that Berto was never a threat to defeat the unbeaten Mayweather. There were many who felt that Mayweather should have fought Gennady Golovkin, the current unified middleweight champion, who currently sits at 34-0 and is thought to be the man to take over the best pound-for-pound moniker that Mayweather held for so many years. While Mayweather would have to move up in weight to fight Golovkin, Abel Sanchez, who currently serves as Golovkin’s trainer, appeared on the same radio program a few days after Floyd Mayweather, Sr. and says that Mayweather is contemplating a comeback and his focus is on Golovkin.
“He is saying things about a comeback, he just seems to be fixated on Golovkin. I’ve seen three or four pieces in the last couple of weeks where he’s talking about beating Golovkin, it looks like he’s laying the ground work for something, whether it’s Golovkin or somebody else. Floyd’s laying the ground works for a comeback.”
Sanchez continued when asked whether or not Mayweather would have any interest in fighting Golovkin.
“I think you lay the ground work, you say things to see how people react, you say things to see if it’s something that the public wants and he’s gauging that. We’ve always known that Floyd was a great businessman, so it’s all part of a plan for him. There’s nothing that he says or does that is not calculated.”
Golovkin is scheduled to face Dominic Wade on April 29 and a huge fight with Saul “Canelo” Alvarez is set for the fall.
Nobody is 100 percent sure if Floyd Mayweather wants to come back and try for that fiftieth win, but it seems that two of the best trainers in the world already have some options lined up for him. The boxing world will just have to wait and see.
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