Legendary trainer Floyd Mayweather Sr. is urging his son, undefeated pound-for-pound king Floyd Mayweather Jr., to retire following his highly-anticipated fight against Manny Pacquiao on May 2nd, which will be the most lucrative the sport has ever seen.
Mayweather, 38, is signed with Showtime to fight at least one more time after he fights Pacquiao at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, but it’s always a possibility that Mayweather could simply hang up the gloves and call it a day. Although Mayweather is approaching Rocky Marciano’s record of 49-0, Sr., speaking with The Telegraph, adds that his son is gambling, and it’s not worth it.
“I hope he walks away after this fight,” stated Mayweather Sr. “This is a gambler’s game and I don’t think Floyd should be gambling too much.”
We have to keep in mind that this is Floyd Mayweather Jr’s father, and he’s obviously going to look out and care for his son more than anyone in this business could offer.
In his 19-year professional career, Mayweather Jr. has won all his 47 fights, with 26 knockouts.
After defeating Oscar De La Hoya in May 2007 for the WBC light-middleweight title, Mayweather Jr. retired from the sport. However, less than a month later, Ricky Hatton; who was moving up from 140 pounds, challenged Mayweather to a title fight at 147. Speaking with SB Nation’s Scott Christ in 2007, Mayweather explained why he returned to the ring.
“I was retired, but I’ll sign to fight Hatton right now,” said Mayweather Jr. “He’s dissing me on national TV and I want to shut him up. I’ve never wanted to hurt an opponent like I do Hatton.”
Floyd Mayweather did just that and dominated the action. In the 10th round, he capped it off with a beautiful counter left hook to earn a 10th round TKO over the then-undefeated Ricky Hatton.
Mayweather retired once more, but after running into problems with the IRS, returned 21 months later in September 2009 to fight Mexican superstar Juan Manuel Marquez. The fight was initially slated for July but postponed until September after Mayweather suffered a rib injury.
Floyd Mayweather Sr. added that once you make enough money in boxing, there’s no more need to fight – his son will be at least $180 million richer no matter what happens on May 2nd – and most people could live out the rest of their lives on just $30 million.
“Once you reach that pedigree and make that kind of money, you don’t have to fight anymore,” Mayweather Sr. said. “Whenever you get in that ring, anything can happen. It looks but it isn’t as easy as it looks. He makes it look easy.”