Floyd Mayweather has claimed that he dislocated his elbow during his defeat of Saul Alvarez in Las Vegas on Saturday night.
The 36-year-old dismantled Alvarez with ease, which helped him to secure the WBC and WBA light-middleweight titles, despite the setback.
The American fighter proclaimed, “I think I dislocated my elbow. I looked at my children and thought, ‘I can’t give it up’.”
Mayweather believes that he suffered the injury after his father and coach, Floyd Mayweather Senior, told the boxer to be more aggresive.
Mayweather noted, “My dad said, ‘Go out there and do what you do best. You go for this.’ When I came back to the corner he said, ‘You are fighting a little tight, loosen up a little bit’.”
He continued, “I started throwing combinations a little bit more and then we bumped arms. That’s when I dislocated my left elbow, so for the sixth and seventh round I was pawing with the jab.”
Mayweather then added, “When I came back to the corner I looked at my family and thought, ‘I have to use it, because I have got the will to win.’ I was born to win and am going to die to win.”
The five-weight world champion is now unbeaten in professional bouts for 45 fights, and it’s believed that Mayweather earned around $41.5 million because of his victory. In comparison, Alvarez only made $5 million.
In February, Mayweather signed a $200 million contract with the US network Showtime, and in just two fights in 2013 he has managed to earn $73 million. He now has four fights remaining on the contract, and he is now the highest-paid athlete in the world for a second year in a row.
Discussing his future, Mayweather simply responded, “I need a vacation. I haven’t taken a vacation in four or five years.”
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