The Big Question: Do you think Mayweather will ever have a 50th pro fight?

Boxing Monthly
21/09/2016 7:52am

In the wake of his victory against Andre Berto in September 2015, the majority of the boxing world seemed convinced that Floyd Mayweather Jr. would soon renege on his promised retirement. Fast forward over a year though and he remains a 'former boxer', for now at least. The Big Question we therefore put to the Boxing Monthly online team this week was as follows: Do you think Floyd Mayweather will ever have a 50th pro fight?

Mayweather? Yes, I think he will come back. His ego will not rest until he goes beyond Marciano's record. However, it will most likely be similar to his last fight against Berto, a hand-picked opponent who will not have the tools to dismantle even an ageing version of 'the TBE'. His entrance back into the game will be far more glamorous than his exit ... again. - Paul Zanon

I was sure Floyd would return within six months to a year. However, the longer it goes, the less likely I think a return is. Floyd was a genius and the best of his generation, but his later career was all about risk and reward. The relatively poor returns from the Berto fight shows the paying public only want to see him in fights against legitimate threats. At this stage of his life, with his legacy intact, I don’t think any active fighter offers him that right balance between earnings and legacy building.

I wouldn’t be surprised to see him compete in some kind of ‘megafight’ (I use the term loosely) against Conor McGregor or another big name UFC fighter. I also wouldn’t be surprised to see him in some pro wrestling event. But in a legitimate boxing match? I can’t see it. Whilst I always enjoyed him and his defensive wizardry, I always like to see fighters get out with their faculties intact, and I hope he remains that way. - James Oddy

I’ve cursed myself many Sunday mornings at 6am after watching Floyd cruise in third or fourth gear to another unanimous decision, but I’m fascinated by his skills. If he could park the TBE brand for five minutes and share his boxing knowledge, it would be boxing’s equivalent of an Ivy League education.

Does he need the money? Floyd’s image doesn’t scream sensible fixed term savings accounts, and if he only posts images of winning betting slips, he could one day need the money, ridiculous as that sounds considering the paydays he received during the final third of his career.

Is 50-0 that important? He’ll be 40 years old in February, and even great fighters can get old overnight. Why should he risk another fight? People have already made up their minds on where he ranks in the all-time league table.

TBE isn’t known for risk, so if we see him again, and I won’t be surprised if we do, it will likely be a relatively safe Haymon opponent. Is Danny Garcia too risky? - Martin Chesnutt

The boxing world is still recovering from the atrocity that was May 2nd, 2015, and Mayweather intelligently remains on the sidelines until the smoke clears.

Based on "Money’s” history, let alone the history of the sport, it’s almost inconceivable that Floyd won't be back next year against an opponent like Danny Garcia for '#50'. However, should Manny Pacquiao defeat Jessie Vargas in their upcoming bout, the possibly for a May-Pac rematch (gulp) would become very real.

Most boxing fans and writers alike, myself included, couldn’t be bothered. We’re ready to turn the page and bring on the new school. The leaders of this new generation of fighters appear to be much more exciting than the former were. - Michael Montero

Superstars who manage to retire from boxing at the 'right time' tend to possess relatively well balanced and secure, albeit single-minded personalities, like those exhibited by Marvin Hagler and Lennox Lewis. They also find new structure to focus their energy on - Hagler embarking on an acting career, while Lewis delayed starting a family until his glorious boxing career was over (or until Mike Tyson stopped threatening to eat his children, whichever you prefer).

Although on the face of it Floyd Jr has several out of the ring interests to occupy him, most notably ownership of a promotional company, he also appears to crave attention to an almost absurd degree. Observing his body language during the post-Hatton 'retirement' was fascinating to me and highlighted a man far less confident and at ease when no longer the 'main man'. Jermain Taylor once vividly explained how deeply it hurts when a fighter is no longer the champion. "People still call you 'champ'," Taylor said, before adding that the fighter knows and laments the hard truth.

When Floyd Jr visited London recently, one middle-aged lady told him she didn't recognise who he was. Floyd, playing up like the jester to his own salaried court, asked if she recognised Forbes magazine, a not-so-subtle reference to him topping the publication's list of sport's highest earners.

Well, without fighting, Floyd, who remains WBC 'Emiritus' champion at welterweight and super-welterweight, won't be topping that list anymore. As such, I'm quite sure 'Money' will fight again.

I travelled from the UK to Las Vegas to watch Floyd fight live twice (including ringside with HBO acting 'talent' for Mayweather v Pacquiao in a tale best told in a public house) but I'd really rather he didn't return at this point. Sadly for the sport, those who flirt at the 'Mayweather sweepstakes' often find their careers stutter while awaiting a turn at the roulette wheel, with Danny Garcia and Amir Khan two notable, down on their luck gamblers of recent years. - Chris Williamson

Let's be honest, we all thought we were 'clever' and tried to predict Mayweather returning in-line with the new MGM arena ... however when that passed it suddenly became harder and harder to predict. Many a person has claimed something akin to "He'll return if Brook beats Golovkin" - meaning an "easy" route to a 6th-weight title, but it seems harder than ever now to pick a reason/ opponent/ time-frame.

When people throw out certain names I just think: "why?": Charlo, Lara, Thurman ... no chance. I don't know why Garcia isn't being active and trying to become Welter #1, but his name keeps being banded around. However, despite all this - I do think Mayweather will fight one more time - maybe May 2017. I'll plump for a Pacquiao rematch being his choice. - Colin Harris

This is something I honestly haven't even thought about and I sincerely hope that Mayweather does stay retired as it is time to bring in a new era in the sport and move on from the old guard. 'Pretty Boy Floyd' was dazzling and exciting to watch but 'TMT/ TBE' Floyd was about taking as little risk as possible and the Pacquiao bout seems to have had a crippling effect on PPV in the US. - Marcus Bellinger

When Floyd announced his retirement, I barely acknowledged it. I assumed it was another PR stunt, and this belief was reinforced by the discovery that the had registered trademarks 'TBE 50' and 'TMT 50'. Any time Floyd claimed to be having his last fight, it was akin to smoker proclaiming their current cigarette would be their final one. However, I expected he would have returned by now. With each passing month, a return seems less likely, yet I still expect his comeback. The temptation to break the 49-0 record set by Rocky Marciano - which Mayweather equaled against Berto - will be too much to resist. Despite the fact that Mayweather-Pacquiao was more of an event than it was a fight, the rematch will sell, and it's something Pacquiao's camp are pushing for. May 2017, Mayweather-Pacquiao II sounds about right, doesn't it? - John Angus MacDonald

After Floyd signed off his career last September, everyone expected him to come back but I've never been convinced he would. While he clearly loves the limelight, he has looked weary and tired of boxing for some time. He saw his media obligations as more of a chore than anything to be enjoyed, relying on cliches and rehashed taglines to get through interviews. In a rare show of vulnerability he recently spoke of his Uncle Roger and his medical issues as being reason enough to leave the sport for good. Floyd is 40 in February and more importantly there's no one for him to fight. While I believe his not losing and therefore, not passing on the crown has harmed the sport. I hope that he stays retired as he earned the right to leave on his own terms. - Callum Rudge

I don't think we will see Mayweather in a professional ring again and unlike most people I've always believed this retirement was the real deal. He has too much to lose and not enough to gain by making a comeback. Although I was frustrated and disappointed by the ridiculous gestation period of MayPac, I firmly believe Mayweather should have been granted more praise for his skills and achievements. Boxing is the art of hitting and not being hit and he was an utter master of this, as well as a man whose dedication to training and keeping himself fit in between fights was truly admirable. Still, I can't imagine that Mayweather is overly bothered by the lack of respect he has been afforded in some quarters as he cries all the way to the bank. - Luke G. Williams