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Joe Calzaghe says Floyd should retire if he won't fight Manny

Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

Joe Calzaghe discussed boxing, football (soccer) and more recently in his latest column for South Wales Argus, and he had this to say about a possible Pacquiao-Mayweather fight:

I am so impressed with [Pacquiao], he just gets better and better and now I think it’s tough to say whether it’s Manny or Floyd Mayweather is the pound-for-pound king.

Surely, Mayweather is going to take the fight? It’s the one everyone wants to see in 2010 and if Mayweather doesn’t fight him because of money issues, he should just retire.

Unless he’s going to fight the best, why bother?

Calzaghe is a guy that knows a thing or two about retirement, and frankly, about doing it legitimately. Calzaghe quit with a perfect record, which is Mayweather's dream it appears, and he did so after making the most money of his career with a "leave no doubts" fight at 168 against Mikkel Kessler, and then two trips to the United States to beat Bernard Hopkins and Roy Jones Jr., a couple of living legends (even with Jones faded).

Mayweather and Calzaghe were not too long ago the 1-2 in the P4P ranks in the opinion of many, and were often compared in several ways. I don't think I've ever seen a top fighter leave still fighting on a world class level, and seem as content as Calzaghe has since he hung up the gloves officially early this year.

Calzaghe is also delighted over the success of David Haye:

[T]he whole heavyweight division will improve now and hats off to Haye for picking John Ruiz as his first opponent, the guy is made for his style and he’ll knock him out pretty convincingly.

Obviously then Haye will go after one of the Klitschko brothers and that’s a different story, because they are huge guys who can fight. But David has every chance.

I still say people are underestimating Ruiz's chances against Haye, but I also know I'll stay in the minority on that one.

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