Its weird to see him retire. Firstly, he is pretty young and is still in great shape to fight. Secondly, the Mayweather v De La Hoya fight would garner him millions and millions of dollars, win or loss. He must have something up his sleeve, because I cant really belive it. Unless he really doesn't care for boxing anymore.
He said his retirment was a hard decision, he just wasn't feeling challenged and lost the love of the sport and won plenty of money was def the best. beat notables like zab judah,ricky hatton, oscar del la hoya,carlos baldomir,arturo gatti,Diego Corrales,jose luis castillo twice. DEF had worthy fights, dont hate the guy is a legend.
“I loved competing and winning and also wanted to continue my career for the fans, knowing they were there for me and enjoyed watching me fight,” Mayweather said. “However, after many sleepless nights and intense soul-searching, I realized I could no longer base my decision on anything but my own personal happiness, which I no longer could find.”
Though Mayweather cashed two huge paychecks in 2007, he has lately seemed much more interested in fame than fighting. In the last few years, he evolved from the endearingly **bleep**y “Pretty Boy” to the wealth-obsessed “Money May” who was estranged from his father, De La Hoya trainer Floyd Sr., and uninterested in all but the most lucrative bouts.
In the past year alone, Mayweather has appeared on “Dancing With the Stars,” worked on his record label, served as the honorary starter at the Indianapolis 500 and entered the wrestling ring for a choreographed tussle with the 440-pound “Big Show” at WrestleMania in Orlando, winning what’s currently his final fight with a set of brass knuckles.
“Floyd was a very talented fighter, no question about it, but he got to a particular point where it was just for the money,” said Bob Arum, Mayweather’s longtime promoter with Top Rank before the boxer began promoting his own career. “Which is all right, it’s a professional sport, but there’s nothing wrong with his decision. It’s a rational decision.”
Though fans and promoters have clamored for Mayweather to take on unbeaten welterweight Miguel Cotto or another top competitor in perhaps boxing’s deepest division, Mayweather had repeatedly dismissed the idea. Instead, he was in talks for another fight with De La Hoya, whose own career-ending plans will be altered.
“There comes a time when money doesn’t matter,” Mayweather said. “I just can’t do it any more. I have found a peace with my decision that I have not felt in a long time.”
You're an idiot. End of discussion.
boxing has been dead since the thrilla in manila
He wasn't feeling challenged? Both Cotto and Margarito wanted to fight him. Two up and coming fighters. Might as well call him Floyd "Sell-Out" Mayweather because all he wants is money. He has no love for the sport of boxing. Margarito offered him $8 Mill, Floyd turned it down. Every TRUE boxing fan knows Mayweather is NOT the best of all time.
8 mill* fight a bum named margarito? who has he fought of any caliber? Didnt paul williams beat him good> I think so , ANd the cotto fight would have been 2 hard to make with forrest , mosely, dela hoya, all of them have a berth to the title. IM glad he stepped down and hung up his gloves, He did alot of goood for boxing>. I cant wait till wlad k vs the beast from the east in november. Thats a real fight, and watch roy jones beat joe cal, back to england, JOe cal a big loud mouth, ROY JONES IS THE TRUTH!!!