Floyd Mayweather sparked debate this weekend by hinting that he could come out of retirement.
Speaking at the Badou Jack vs Lucian Bute title fight on Saturday, the 39-year-old admitted a return to the ring could be a possibility. Ever since, fight fans have been trying to work out just how serious he was about the idea.
Well, judging by a move made behind the scenes by Mayweather's team late last month, a comeback fight is looking far more probable than possible right now.
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As reported by ESPN, the Mayweather camp filed for trademarks on 'TMT50' and ''TBE50' back on April 21.
Mayweather, of course, retired in September 2015 having compiled a perfect 49-0 record. The two trademarks clearly make reference to a 50th fight in the pipeline for the supposedly retired boxer.
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'TMT50' refers to Mayweather's lifestyle brand, 'The Money Team'. 'TBE50', meanwhile, is an abbreviation of 'The Best Ever' - a title the boxing legend has often given himself down the years.
Although Mayweather's camp could simply be hedging their bets by filing the two trademarks just in case their circumstances change, the fact the move came 10 days before Floyd's comeback comments certainly suggests he is gearing up towards a return.
Should he fight again, Mayweather would have the opportunity to surpass heavyweight legend Rocky Marciano who also put together a 49-0 professional record.
Up until telling Showtime that he could fight again for "a nine-figure payday and probably a championship fight," Mayweather had, though, looked fairly content with the retired life.
Often posting messages and photos to his official social media accounts, the five-division world champion claimed he had no reason to come out of retirement because he made "seven-figures" in a month without lifting a finger.
Coming back for one more bout would, though, be a multi-million dollar opportunity. The fact that he and his team are already making plans for merchandising for such an occasion shows they know the potential value in taking on fight number 50.
As to who would be in the opposite corner in the 'TMT50' fight, a number of names have already been mentioned.
The likes of Adrien Broner, Danny Garcia and Amir Khan or even a Manny Pacquiao rematch have all been touted.
Khan, however, has already poured cold water on the idea, telling reporters that he would likely overlook Mayweather just as the US fighter overlooked him in recent years.
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