Throughout his Hall of Fame career, Floyd Mayweather Jr. (49-0, 26 KO’s) has coined many phrases including, “All work is easy work,” which turned out to be prophetic once again this past Saturday night.
In fact, “TBE” had most likely pushed himself more during training camp than his opponent Andre Berto (30-4, 23 KO’s) did throughout their 12 round bout.
Mayweather was able to retain his WBA Super, WBC, The Ring Magazine welterweight straps and equal the unblemished 49-0 record previously held alone by Rocky Marciano. Though Marciano’s son claims what his father accomplished was much more impressive since he had done it against heavyweights, few can argue Mayweather has been the most dominant boxer of his generation.
Rest assured the debate of just where Mayweather ranks when discussing the all-time greats will continue, and be argued for years to come.
For now though the question everyone has, myself included, is whether or not we just witnessed Mayweather’s final challenge inside the squared circle as a fighter?
Personally if you had asked be prior to Saturday’s one sided victory I would have made “No” the betting favorite. But after listening to both Mayweather and his team after the fight, I would now make it a “Pick’em,” even though his father and trainer Floyd Sr. said he’ll urge his son to aim for 50-0 before hanging his gloves up for good.
If you listened to the after fight press conference though, Jr. was adamant about retirement and that there was nothing left for him to prove, or goal to reach, even though the opportunity to stand alone with the record is now just one win away. If you listened or read the majority of what’s been said and written since this weekend, you’re probably not buying into what Mayweather was selling.
Most are on record predicting we’ll see bout No. 50 within the next 12 to 18 months, and that the chance to retire 50-0 is too enticing for a man who has always appeared obsessed with the legacy of being “The Best Ever.” Even though some will ultimately argue the level of opposition wasn’t always No. 1 contended status, surpassing Marciano would secure his place in the record books for probably a very long time. Let’s face it, Mayweather spent a lot of time throughout his 19 year professional career reminding us all about the “0” on his ledger.
The reason though that I am not convinced we will see Mayweather fighting again is because I am confident he’s proven to himself all that he set out to. That he erased every doubt even he may have had by beating Manny Pacquiao in his previous bout, and setting boxing monetary records that may never be broken.
So I feel Mayweather is in a very good place mentally and following his career since before he won a bronze medal as a amateur, and being well versed in the difficulties he endured while growing up, it does seem like he’s ready for the next chapter of his life. Boxing has opened up doors, afforded freedoms, and given Mayweather many opportunities that he appears ready to tackle which aren’t related to the fight game.
Finally, I won’t go as far as making the “Yes” he won’t be back in the ring again the favorite, I do think it truly is a 50/50 proposition and regardless of whether or not you’re a fan of Floyd Mayweather Jr. or not, if you’re a fan of boxing, then he will surely be missed if he’s through.
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