Floyd Mayweather is 38, has announced a couple of false retirements in the past, and is nearing the end of the record-breaking contract with CBS Sports that has made him by far the highest-paid athlete on the planet. And now the pound-for-pound king is saying that after his May 2 fight against Manny Pacquiao and one more in September, he'll be done.
"I'm pretty much done with all this. It's not fun like it was back then. It's business now. I don't really enjoy it any longer. ... Final (fight) at the MGM Grand in September."
Mayweather (47-0, 26 KO) talked retirement last year, too, before his May fight with Marcos Maidana, and then ahead of their September rematch. He's also previously announced retirements, saying after his 2006 win over Carlos Baldomir that he would retire after his next fight. That fight wound up being the record-breaking event against Oscar De La Hoya in 2007. Mayweather also retired in 2008, canceling a planned rematch with De La Hoya, before returning in 2009.
Boxing retirements don't always -- or even often -- stick. Fighters often can't shake the urge to compete, or there winds up being some other reason to fight again, often monetary.
But Mayweather has made the sort of money that absolutely should have him secure for the rest of his life, and he may find endorsements easier to come by after he's no longer actively competing, too, and steps away from the spotlight a bit. He's definitely had some outside the ring issues that make him not so attractive to some companies at the moment, but time has a way of washing over those things, such as with Mike Tyson.
Do you think Mayweather will truly retire this year?