In an interview with the Make-a-Wish Foundation, Floyd Mayweather Jr. said he'll be taking time off. The video is now removed from YouTube, but Luis Cruz transcribed this quote in a FanPost:
Mayweather: "At this particular time, Floyd Mayweather is taking probably a year off, a couple of years off from the sport of boxing. I don't really know what the future holds for me at this particular time, but you know, I'll probably take a few years off."
Interviewer: "He said he wants to see you fight Pacquiao."
Mayweather: "Like I said before, I'm taking a couple years off."
Would I be shocked by this actually happening? No. Floyd has retired three times. He retired after beating Baldomir, after beating Oscar, and after beating Hatton. I half-expected him to retire after beating Marquez, and mentioned it as a possibility were he to beat Mosley, which he did.
I don't have any horse in this Mayweather-Pacquiao race. I'm sick to death of talking about both sides and their possible matchup. I don't expect that fight to happen for a great number of reasons. I think both sides have shown a great unwillingness to fight the other, no matter what anyone on either side says. I don't believe in either Floyd Mayweather Jr. or Manny Pacquiao when it comes to them truly wanting to fight the other man. If they did, it would have been signed by now.
I'm just tired of discussing these two. There are fighters out there who want to fight. Fighters who are fighting. These two are boxing celebrities at this point. Congressman Manny Pacquiao and TV's Money Mayweather.
If their goal is to drag this out as long as they need to for people to stop caring as much as they should, I think they're getting there. There is hype and build for any fight, but they've filled the balloon with as much hot air as it's going to take. That thing's ready to burst.