Floyd Mayweather offered 'crazy numbers' to come out of retirement [BBC]

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Floyd Mayweather Jr has revealed that he has been offered "crazy numbers" to return to boxing.

Following 19 years in professional boxing, Mayweather retired last September with an unblemished 49-0 record after comfortably beating Andre Berto, in what he claims will remain his final fight.

Prior to embarking on a speaking tour of the UK, in an interview with the BBC, the former world champion stated that despite being offered "nine-figure" sums, he currently has no plans on making a comeback.


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"As of right now, I am out completely," said the 38-year-old multiple world champion.

"If I do get the itch to come back, it really won't be for the money but I have to get paid. That's why the nickname is Floyd 'Money' Mayweather."

Manny Pacquiao

Circulating amongst the rumours surrounding a potential Mayweather return, has been a blockbuster rematch against Manny Pacquiao.

Following years of anticipation and failed negotiations, Mayweather and Pacquiao finally stepped into the ring together last May, though the resulting fight left the majority of the global audience underwhelmed.

Michael Koncz, Pacquiao's business adviser, has claimed to have made contact with Mayweather Promotions, however, when asked about a possible rerun of the most lucrative fight in boxing history, Mayweather was quick to rule out any possibility of a rematch.

He said: "everything that you guys are hearing that Michael Koncz has said and what [promoter] Bob Arum has said is totally false. Totally false. I haven't spoken to Bob Arum, I haven't spoken to Michael Koncz.

"And as far as people keep talking about Mayweather Promotions, I dictate and control what goes on with it. Leonard Ellerbe is the CEO but everything has to go through me and I have to put the green light on any and everything."


Unsurprisingly, Mayweather took the interview as an opportunity to argue about his place in boxing history.

"I really wouldn't want, to say the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world. You know, I am no longer active. I would like, to say the best ever (TBE).

"It's not being cocky or arrogant, it's just the proof is in the pudding. I think I have earned the right to call myself TBE. And I have lived up to the name TBE by going out there, day-in, day-out, when I was active and winning."

Despite his flawless record, Mayweather's arrogance, counter-attacking style and careful picking of fights in his later years, failed to endear him to many boxing fans who would deny him the self-anointed title of TBE.

Financially, unlike many boxers, Mayweather does not need to return to the ring, however, the lure of the spotlight, as well as the opportunity to further cement his status in boxing history, could prove too appealing in time.

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