Floyd Mayweather Jr. has already retired twice, so taking a third retirement seriously may be difficult for many fans. But the former five-division boxing champion said he’s done after the Conor McGregor fight. Seriously, this time.
Mayweather retired in 2008 after defeating Ricky Hatton. He then returned in September of 2009 to face Juan Manuel Marquez. The polarizing superstar called it quits after a six-fight Showtime deal wrapped up in September of 2015, in a one-sided decision victory over Andre Berto.
The 40-year-old icon is calling this McGregor bout a one-off and said he will retire for a third time after the Aug. 26 junior middleweight bout.
“Second go-round, I ain’t had no plans on coming back at all,” said Mayweather, who called his first retirement a “vacation,” of his second retirement after the Berto fight in an interview with ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith. “And they gave me a deal I couldn’t refuse. Don’t go to Canelo (Alvarez) and GGG (Gennady Golovkin). Don’t go there. I gave (manager) Al Haymon my word. I shook his hand. This is my last one.”
While it certainly wouldn’t be bad for Haymon’s wallet if Mayweather were to come back, as the manager/mogul’s Premier Boxing Champions venture has seen better days, Mayweather said he told Haymon he was done after this McGregor fight.
Mayweather fighting the winner of Golovkin-Alvarez would be interesting, but that fight might have to come at middleweight — where he’s never fought — and against a younger fighter that might make the current version of Mayweather the underdog. Although Mayweather defeated Canelo in a junior middleweight fight in 2013, Alvarez was 22 years old and fighting at a lower-than-accustomed weight.
A Mayweather win on Aug. 26 would move him to 50-0. And although that isn’t necessarily a record, as Julio Cesar Chavez ran his mark north of 90-0 before losing, it’s a round number on which to end.