The king of pay-per-view may just make a comeback.
If there's one thing Floyd Mayweather Jr. loves, it's money. Whether it's boasting about his riches, the numbers generated from his fights or simply splashing his lavish lifestyle all over Instagram for us to see, the head of "The Money Team" has never been shy to show off his riches.
Eight months ago the unbeaten boxing legend retired from the sport following his 49th fight and a defeat of Andre Berto. During his tenure in boxing, the undefeated Mayweather experienced a wealth of success, holding the WBA Super World Super Welterweight, WBA Super World Welterweight, WBC World Super Welterweight and WBC World Welterweight, respectively (we agree those boxing belts and divisions get confusing).
Mayweather holds not just the top selling PPV event of all time, but also the second and third highest grossing events of all time. Something that Conor McGregor is currently setting his sights firmly on breaking.
- Mayweather vs Pacquiao (May 2015) $4,600,000
- Mayweather vs Canelo Alvarez (September 2013) $2,200,000
- Mayweather vs Oscar De La Hoya (May 2007) $2,480,000
On Saturday during an interview with Showtime's Jim Gray, the self-proclaimed greatest of all time hinted at the possibility of a comeback, of course citing "crazy numbers" as the reason why.
"As of right now, you know, some crazy numbers have been thrown my way, upwards of, of course, nine figures. I'm truly blessed, way beyond belief. I don't know what we're going to do, but right now, I'm happy being on this side helping fighters."
Talk then turned to opposition. Who would be opposite "Money" Mayweather if he were to get back into the ring? He had the ability to pick and choose his opponents, largely due to his success. Many fans felt that the unbeaten fighter ducked fan-favorite Manny Pacquiao for years until Pacquiao was no longer the same fighter.
There was one fighter Mayweather ruled out, middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin. Instead, he felt that Golovkin should fight Andre Ward, a fight already scheduled for later this year. His reasoning was less sound, however, as Mayweather conveniently forgot that he won the super welterweight title twice when conceding weight as the main issue.
"How can Floyd Mayweather fight at 160 and I could never make 154?"
The global mogul did however seem keen in a fight with Danny Garcia, the 32 and 0 fighter who inherited his WBC welterweight belt. Yet of course, Mayweather outlined that there was only really one main reason he would come back: money.
"If I came back, of course, it would have to be a nine-figure payday and probably a championship fight and a nine-figure payday."
Instead the retired boxer wants to focus on his business empire, continuing to expand and explore new markets while helping emerging boxers become world champions. Of course, who can blame him? With the dangers that come with boxing and Mayweather's alleged net worth of over $650 million, it's easy to see why he'd opt to sit on the sidelines and watch his bank account grow.
Check out the full interview below: