Mayweather Jr. to retire at 37

THIS past Saturday HBO continued it’s coverage of the upcoming super welterwight championship show down between undefeated pound-for-pound king Floyd Mayweather Jr. 42-0 (26) and WBA champion Miguel Cotto 37-2 (30). As usual, the fight is preceded by the Grammy winning series 24/7, a look inside of both fighter’s training camps as they prepare for their May 5th bout. Immediately following this week’s installment the network gave us another dose of “Money” with Floyd Mayweather: Speaking Out, an in depth look into the life of one the sport’s most intriguing figures. The half-hour long special, hosted by acclaimed author, radio host, and academic, Michael Eric Dyson, tackled many subjects from Floyd’s upcoming jail sentence, moving up in weight for this fight, and of course Manny Pacquaio 54-3-2 (38).
During the one-on-one interview portion of the special, Floyd revealed that he plans to hang the gloves up for good at age 37. The Grand Rapids, Michigan native turned 35 this past February, so that doesn’t leave much time. He is set to begin his sentence on June 1st at the Clark County Dention Center in Las Vegas, just a 10 minute drive from Mayweather Boxing Club. Given his stature, the 5-division world champion will likely do less than 30 days of the imposed 90-day sentence. “When I’m gone they really goin’ miss me”, Floyd said of his retirement. With roughly two year left to watch him fight, one wonders if the fight with Manny Pacquaio will ever come to fruition. To Floyd, it really doesn’t matter, he’s a 7-time world champion, he’s earned , broken pay-per-view records, and is widely considered the greates fighter of his time. He’s perfectly fine with his career with or without the Filipino superstar and current WBO welterweight champion. “Floyd Mayweather don’t need Manny Pacquiao, Manny Pacquiao needs Floyd Mayweather”, he told Dyson. Floyd also reiterated his most recent offer to Pacquiao, a flat rate of $40 million with no share of the pay-per-view numbers. “I made my offer and I’m not budging”, he said firmly. Pacquiao has balked at the offer, despite claiming that he would take a lesser share just to give the fans what they want, and make the fight happen.

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