Floyd Mayweather on his retirement: “Boxing is a very, very brutal sport”
Boxing phenom Floyd Mayweather Jr. doubles down on his retirement, and this time he aims to stay retired. The undefeated world champion amassed a boxing record of 50-0 and made his last professional match against MMA superstar Conor McGregor on August 2017, a fight that took him out of his 2015 retirement.
Floyd Mayweather cites the recent deaths of several professional boxers as the main reason to stay retired.
“I’ve got calls to get back into the ring, but my health is my wealth,” Mayweather said to Reuters (transcript by Yahoo Sports).
“Boxing is a very, very brutal sport. In the last few years a lot of fighters have died inside that squared circle.”
“You have got to know when to hang it up. I had a great career,” he continued.
Even though retired, Mayweather was involved in a controversial exhibition boxing match against Japanese kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa at Rizin 14 at the end of 2018. Mayweather won the fight easily, but there was rumors about fight fixing and it has been quiet around the 42-year-old boxer since then.
Mayweather fans will still be able to see their idol since he states that he will still be traveling around the world and doing exhibitions, keeping his undefeated professional record intact and making lots of money:
“I’ll still travel and do exhibitions. I make great money doing exhibitions — between $10 and $30 million,” Mayweather said.