Floyd Mayweather is giving all the right signs that he’s not retired.
Here’s the breakdown.
After Mayweather had defeated Manny Pacquiao in their highly-anticipated fight on May 2, Mayweather said at the post-fight news conference that his proceeding and final fight would not be for a world title.
In an interview with ESPN following the fight at MGM Grand, Mayweather explained that it was the right time to vacate his belts to give the “young lions” a shot at the titles because he didn’t want to be greedy.
Mayweather didn’t stand by his word. He did not vacate the WBA/WBC welterweight and light-middleweight titles and was reportedly upset according to his attorney John R. Hornewer after the WBO initially moved to strip him for not paying a $200,000 sanctioning fee.
The WBO rules state that a fighter cannot hold world titles in multiple weight divisions. To have kept the WBO title, Mayweather would have had to vacate his WBA/WBC light-middleweight titles – which he hasn’t defended since defeating Saul “Canelo” Alvarez in September 2013.
Mayweather and his lawyers convinced the WBO to extend the deadline from June 1 to July 3 for whatever reason and when Mayweather missed that deadline, the WBO was given no choice but to strip him of the belt on July 7.
That wasn’t the end of the conflict.
After Mayweather easily defeated Andre Berto on Sept. 12, the champion retired as expected, but the same problems are still in play.
Mayweather has yet to vacate his titles despite announcing his retirement and the WBA/WBC have blatantly violated their rules by allowing Mayweather to remain champion.
The WBC announced that it would make a decision between November 1-6 when they hold their annual convention that will be held in Kunming, China this year while the WBA has stated that it would eventually vacate the belts.
As early as July 24, Mayweather was in negotiations with CBS on a three-fight extension. There was nothing more added to the report, and it doesn’t seem that anyone with access to the champion has asked a question about that deal.
The people that want to know are in the dark, and the people that know anything more are probably in a position where they aren’t allowed to divulge any information – if there is any.
But what we do know based on our own intuitional minds is that this situation, again, makes no sense.
Based on the information available, it’s completely fathomable to prognosticate a future Mayweather comeback if you want to call it that.
Mayweather has retired four times in his career. After a unanimous decision victory over Carlos Baldomir in 2006, Mayweather stood at the podium at the post-fight news conference and broke down in tears, shaking the boxing world at its core with a stunning announcement that he was retiring from boxing.
However, Mayweather signed to fight Oscar De La Hoya less than two months later.
After defeating De La Hoya in May 2007, he retired again but returned seven months later to fight Ricky Hatton after the brash, popular British fighter antagonized him enough to make another run.
Following tax troubles with the IRS, Mayweather returned from a 21-month absence from the ring to school Mexican legend Juan Manuel Marquez.
Perhaps this time he is serious, but if he does return to the ring again, the fans could be treated to Mayweather-Golovkin for the champions’ straps at 154.
Mayweather is already one of the all-time greats, but a win over a monster like GGG would put him at an even higher rank.