Floyd Mayweather has confirmed that his fight against Andre Berto on Saturday will be his last. The American says it is concerns with his health that has made him call an end to his outstanding career.
Having retired and returned to the sport in the past and hinted at walking away from the ring on numerous occasions, you can't blame fans if they think the world champion will go back on his word.
Many believed Mayweather would have fought on until his 50th fight, which would have seen him overtake Rocky Marciano's unbeaten record, Saturday's bout will be his 49th and will equal the record if he is successful.
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It is also rumored that this is just a way for the boxer to promote a fight that has failed to excite. Few in the sport believed Andre Berto should have got the green light to fight the pound-for-pound best fighter in the world on such a momentous occasion.
"Money" Mayweather is known for his promotional and money making talents, being the most profitable pay-per-view fighter in boxing history, so this may be another promotional ploy.
The WBA Super and WBC welterweight champion told Sky Sports:
"Number 49 is my last fight. My health is more important. I'm not really worried about losing but I want to have a sharp mind."
The 38-year-old also added:
"You can make a lot of money, but you still want to be able to walk, talk and have a sharp mind."
If this is the last time we see the slick, skillful and defensively sound boxer, there is no doubt he will leave a massive gap in the sport. Along with the likes of Manny Pacquiao, Mayweather is among very few current fighters who are known world wide and spoken about outside the normal boxing world.
The self named "Best Ever's" achievements of being a five-diversion world champion and having won twelve world titles, along with being considered the world's premier boxer for much of his career, has to put him alongside the greatest ring generals of all time.
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