Floyd Mayweather Jr. came out of retirement eight years ago to fight Ricky Hatton in Las Vegas. He was as sharp and as dangerous as ever, producing an impressive TKO victory in the 10th round to break British hearts. This years announcement of retirement feels a little more genuine, though.
Mayweather, who finished his career undefeated with an outstanding record of 49-0, turns 39 in February. There is surely no amount of money that can lure him back, given his enormous wealth and his intention to focus on family life. He will be sorely missed, even if it is not realised for a long while yet.
He has hoards of fans, of course, but there are also a large portion of doubters. Mayweather's flaunting of his fame creates the idea he is arrogant at times, that he might even lack class. He never lacked class in the ring, though.
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Many of his fights, including the gigantic clash with Manny Pacquiao in May, came with scrutiny of his evasive style. This led some to even say that Mayweather was scared of opponents with aggressive punches.
However, the truth is that if Mayweather was out of his depth in the way these doubters would have you believe, he would have lost at least once in his career. The undefeated record doesn't lie.
While his confidence brought critics, it was also part of the reason he was such a pay-per-view draw. He earned approximately $220 million from the Pacquiao fight alone. Whether it was through business deals, charisma or simply down to his world-class boxing, Mayweather was a huge star in the sport. That is undeniable, even if you have a great dislike towards him.
He was brash and controversial but ultimately an unbelievable boxer who very rarely got hurt in the ring. Boxing needs stars like this. Even if you were desperate for him to lose, he always got your attention. It is doubtful there will ever be another quite like him.
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