by Eric ‘Sugar Foot’ Duran
Is one really to believe that Floyd Mayweather will retire in the fall of 2015?
In the week leading up to his rematch with Marcos Madaina, Floyd has been very insistent that he, indeed, will hang up the gloves next September. At the age of 37 one can wonder if maybe Floyd sees or feels something we cannot.
In recent years many have tried to run with the story of Mayweather’s legs running on fumes. Writers pointed to his standing and trading with Mosley and Cotto as signs of mobility issues. He silenced all those doubts with his resounding performance against the younger, bigger and fresher, Canelo Alvarez.
In the Maidana bout, plain and simple, he decided to stand his ground and give the fans a fight. When he needed to show his pinpoint speed and accuracy, he showed it. When he needed his legs to control the center of the ring, they were still there.
From the eye of an observer, there’s no signs of any slowing down from Mayweather. And with three fights and a full calendar year left on his contract, does the 37-year-old fighter know something we don’t? Are the Pacquiao bout rumors actually true? Will he use the bout as a riding off into the sunset farewell?
Floyd is set to make around 90-150 Million in his three remaining bouts. However, who will he share the ring with in 2015?
Amir Khan seems to be the front runner for the May 2015 bout. Let’s assume he wins this ideal bout.
Who does that leave for September? Will Danny Garcia remain undefeated and move up to challenge for the throne? Will Matthysse garner enough steam to push for an opportunity? What about Keith Thurman or Kell Brook? Will big bro fight little bro, maybe Broner?
Whoever he chooses, he still leaves valuable options on the table for 2016. Unless we see a significant drop in his skills and productivity, why would Mayweather walk away at the top of his game? Most importantly, why would “Money” walk away from an easy 60-100 million?
One could only wonder why he would retire and the reasons behind it. And one doesn’t have to believe he will retire and actually stay away forever, though.
Mayweather could be setting us all up for a comeback and a bigger paycheck. “Money” isn’t stupid.