News: Floyd Mayweather Can't Beat Retirement, Announces Final Fight
Sunday, Jan 19, 2014 11:31AM
Undefeated boxing champion Floyd Mayweather, Jr. has the Internet buzzing this weekend after announcing the date he will treat fans to his final fight.
According to reports, Money Mayweather will lace up for the last time next year.
Floyd Mayweather Jr. says he'll fight for the last time in September next year. Mayweather told guests at a gala dinner in South Africa on Friday that he remembers his first fight when he was a kid in 1987, and that "September 2015 will be my last." The unbeaten five-division world champion, considered by many the best boxer of his era, said after beating Canelo Alvarez in a dominating display last September that he had four fights and two years left in his career. (ABC News)
Prior to September 2015, Floyd is expected to hit the boxing ring this spring.
Mayweather's next bout will be in May against an undecided opponent, having said this week that British fighter Amir Khan and Argentine Marcos Maidana are the leading contenders. Mayweather has a 45-0 record with 26 knockouts and made his pro debut in 1996. (USA Today)
A few days ago, Floyd explained why he had no plans of finally facing off against one-time champion Manny Pacquiao.
"I offered Manny Pacquiao the fight before," Mayweather said. "We didn't see eye to eye on terms. Years later we come back and I try and make the fight happen again. I offer him $40 million. He said he wanted 50-50. So we didn't make the fight happen. All of a sudden, he loses to Timothy Bradley, he loses to Marquez ... he has tax problems now. So, two losses and tax problems later, now he all of a sudden want to say: 'You know what? I'd do anything to make the fight happen,' when he's really saying: 'Floyd, can you help me solve my tax problems, get me out of debt?'" (ESPN)
Last September, Mayweather received a guaranteed $41.5 million from a televised pay-per-view fight.
Floyd Mayweather puts his legacy and undefeated record on the line Saturday night when he steps into the ring against Saul "Canelo" Alvarez. Mayweather will receive a record guarantee of $41.5 million (Canelo is due $5 million) and is in line for a total payout millions more after all of the pay-per-view receipts are counted and "Money" Mayweather takes his cut. In a 17-year career full of monster paydays, it will be the biggest one yet, topping the $45 million, including his share of PPV revenue, for fighting Miguel Cotto in 2012. Mayweather's cumulative earnings will likely hit $350 million with the Canelo fight. (Forbes)
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