Floyd Mayweather Jr. has admitted fears that his body is “breaking down” are preventing his return to the ring.
Mayweather was in the news over the weekend when he was pictured in Amsterdam’s red light district – the day after he appeared at a leisure centre in Bedford.
Poor ticket sales meant Mayweather’s appearance was downgraded from Birmingham’s 2,300-capactiy Resorts World to the tiny Bar Sport suite 22 miles away in Cannock the same week.
‘Money’ has been linked with a comeback in recent months, having racked up an incredible 49-0 record in boxing – matching Rocky Marciano’s total.
However, despite the clamour for Mayweather to return for one final fight, the 38-year-old has revealed that concerns over his long-term health have convinced him to stand by the decision he made last September to retire from the sport.
Speaking to BoxingScene.com, Mayweather said: “I didn’t go into the sport really focusing on breaking records; I got into the sport to display my skills. Rocky Marciano, what he did, he is a legendary champion and a great person. But I don’t want boxing to retire me. I wanted to retire from the sport with all of my faculties.
“Early on, I was a huge power puncher, a knockout artist. But you have to learn to make adjustments. As I got older, my body started to break down. For over half of my fights, my body was not 100 per cent.”
Mayweather also addressed the ongoing rumours suggesting he could yet go toe-to-toe with Amir Khan in a fight long touted by the Bolton fighter’s representatives.
Ultimately, ‘Money’ revealed that the decision of whether or not to fight Khan came down to a simple question of economics: “I couldn’t fight everyone,” he explained. “It has to make business sense.”
Khan gets his chance at the big time when he takes on WBC middleweight champion Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez on May 7 at Las Vegas’ T-Mobile Arena.
Mayweather equalled Marciano’s 60-year record when he beat Andre Berto in his final fight in September 2015.
But his lack of people power meant that his British tour ended yesterday at the Bunyan Sports Centre in Bedford.