If you cared to watch the fight between Floyd Mayweather and Andre Berto this past weekend (considering the hype was much less than the Mayweather-Pacquiao bout), then, to no surprise, you witnessed Mayweather ending his career 49-0, matching Rocky Marciano’s record. All judges scored the fight heavily in Money May’s favor: 120-108, 118-110, and 117-111.
But, is this really the end for Mayweather?
Apparently so. “You gotta know when to hang it up,” Mayweather said during post-fight interview after being announced the winner. “I’m close to 40 years old,” Mayweather explained, “been in the sport for 19 years, a world champion 18 years, you know, I broke all the records. There’s nothing else to prove in boxing.”
This statement rings true, especially after his supposed last official fight against Berto. Truth be told, Mayweather fought like he was still in his prime. Evidently, still so much raw talent left in him. Many fans and analysts really don’t believe that this is the end for Mayweather. The fight against Berto obviously proved that he can still fight.
However, it seems that Mayweather is extremely adamant that he is retiring (cue the crying from boxingheads around the world).
During the post-fight interview, it was mentioned that Mayweather LOVES the paychecks, which is true. Let’s be honest here: Say what you want about Mayweather, but the man is a GENIUS when it comes to business. The guy made sure that he was given a nine-figure paycheck for the Pacquiao bout. “Money don’t make me. I make money.” were the words that Mayweather ringed throughout the MGM grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. The man isn’t lying. He knows that this is business and he definitely knows how this game works. In part, Mayweather gave credit to Al Haymon. “I was able to make not good investments, but great investments,” Mayweather said, “I’m financially stable.”
I’ll admit: I am really praying that Mayweather comes back.
“Records are made to be broken.” Mayweather said during the post-fight interview. It gave me hope. I want Mayweather to come back to break Rocky Marciano’s record and finish his career with a record of to 50-0.
Whatever happens, I’m just happy to say that I grew up and witnessed one of the greatest boxers of all-time.
Here’s to you, Mayweather.
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