Mayweather won't come back, for now

Money is not enough to tempt retired champ back, despite speculation on Pacquiao bout

WASHINGTON • Retired unbeaten former boxing champion Floyd Mayweather says he has quit the sport for good and has no hunger for a ring return, adding he has too much fun travelling the world.

Mayweather told USA Today in New York on Wednesday that he has no need for the money or glory that another bout could offer, especially a rematch with 37-year-old Filipino Manny Pacquiao, whom he defeated 18 months ago.

"A lot of fighters in the sport of boxing may want to retire, but they have to fight because they have to," Mayweather said.

"I don't have to fight.

"I just made US$300 million (S$428 million) for fighting Pacquiao. I'm okay. Like I said before, I'm happy with my position.

THE FINAL PUNCHLINE

Once again, the money don't make me. I make money. I'm well off. I make smart moves and like I said before, I'm happy with where my career has went (sic).

FLOYD MAYWEATHER, former boxing five-division champion, ruling out making a comeback to the ring for another payday.

"Once again, the money don't make me. I make money. I'm well off. I make smart moves and like I said before, I'm happy with where my career has went (sic)."

Mayweather, 39, said he attended Pacquiao's victory over Jessie Vargas earlier this month in Las Vegas "at the last minute" to "do something different" with his daughter.

Mayweather prompted talk of a Pacquiao rematch by saying he was "absolutely" open to a comeback. He called it quits in September last year after defeating Andre Berto to finish with a 49-0 record.

The American was also challenged by double Ultimate Fighting Championship champion Conor McGregor, after the Irish fighter's knockout win over Eddie Alvarez last week.

McGregor demanded US$100 million and was willing to have the match under boxing rules in an attempt to lure Mayweather, who dismissed the notion.

Mayweather admits he tosses out differing notions on the comeback possibilities depending on how he feels on any given day.

"Different days, I say different things. Different days, I feel different ways," he said. "Can Floyd Mayweather contradict himself? Absolutely. So that's why I know when I contradict myself, it doesn't mean I'm crazy.

"I'm only human. I'm not perfect. God only made one thing perfect: my boxing record."

And that's why it might never reach 50-0.

AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE, REUTERS

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 19, 2016, with the headline 'Mayweather won't come back, for now'. Print Edition | Subscribe