Floyd Mayweather Jr has excited boxing fans around the world by admitting he could be persuaded to exit retirement for a one-off fight, providing that he is offered a lucrative deal to return to the ring.
The American, who won all 49 of his professional bouts, has been quizzed ever since his retirement in September last year, whether he will return to the ring for one last time, to make it a perfect 50.
But the 39-year-old, who now resides in Las Vegas where he fought many times throughout his career, has finally opened up about returning to the sport which has made him one of the world's highest paid athletes.
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However, despite having an estimated net worth of $650 milllion, Mayweather Jr confesses that his desire to increase his bank balance, outweighs his passion to return to the ring to make it a half century of victories.
"For the right price, I may come back." Mayweather Jr told Los Angeles Times, as reported by Sky Sports.
"A lot of fighters have to box. I don't have to box. I don't have the urge to go to the boxing gym. My urge is giving back to the sport now, helping promote the young fighters."
'Money', who set up Mayweather Promotions - based in Las Vegas - back in 2007, has cited health problems within his family as part of the reason why he is ready to make a cautious decision about a return to boxing.
Wear and tear
"People have to realise, when I look at my uncle Roger [Mayweather, who has health issues], and even Muhammad Ali, boxing is wear and tear." Mayweather Jr added.
"When I look at it, I'm really thankful I was a defensive fighter. I have all my faculties, a sharp mind, and I know who I am."
The American, who outpointed Andre Berto in his final fight, has hinted that a nine-figure payday would have to be on offer, otherwise boxing fans can forget about his return to the sport. And it is also understand Mayweather Jr is seeking a title fight, having won a first world title after just 18 bouts.
'Money' had delivered some major blows in his career, inflicting first professional career defeats on the likes of Diego Corrales, British fighter Ricky Hatton in 2007 and Mexican Saul Alvarez. However, it was the American's defeat of Manny Pacquiao in May last year, that lives fresh in the memory of boxing fans.
The Filipino also recently retired, after defeating Timothy Bradley Jr by unanimous decision back in April. However 'Pac Man' seems almost certain to have put his gloves up for good, unlike Mayweather Jr, ruling out a potential rematch between the two boxing greats.
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