Floyd Mayweather says he is officially done with the ‘brutal sport’ of boxing

The 42-year-old has a 50-0 record

Boxing legend Floyd Mayweather is done with boxing, for real this time. He says the “brutal sport” is behind him, according to Reuters.

Mayweather has retired before, first in 2007 and again in 2015, only to come back and extend his win streak and get paid. This time he claims he is officially hanging up his gloves, which means no rematches against Manny Pacquiao or Canelo Alvarez. 

The 42-year-old has a 50-0 record, and says he is receiving calls about fights but that ultimately, “my health is my wealth.”

Via Reuters:

“Boxing is a very, very brutal sport. In the last few years a lot of fighters have died inside that squared circle. You have got to know when to hang it up. I had a great career.”

This retirement does not mean he will leave the world of boxing completely.

“I’ll still travel and do exhibitions. I make great money doing exhibitions — between $10 and $30 million,” he said, adding in typical Mayweather fashion, “I think I make more doing that than most fighters make fighting.”

He is now focused on his Mayweather + Fitness gym franchise and promotion company Mayweather Promotions. 

Mayweather says he may venture more into MMA to “build his brand,” as he did with his fight against Conor McGregor, but for now believes boxing is king.

“Eventually I will move on to build my brand in MMA but for right now I’m in boxing, and boxing will always be at the top as long as I’m involved,” he said.

As far as his looking back on his career, Mayweather says he is “happy with how everything played out.”

This may be the end of Mayweather the boxer but he will no doubt continue to keep his hands in the sport in one way or another. 

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Rizin FF 14 results: Mayweather KOs Tenshin in first, Horiguchi taps Caldwell

Earlier in the day, Floyd Mayweather called his exhibition boxing bout with Tenshin Nasukawa a “9 minute walk thru.” As it turned out, he needed less than three.

The 41-year-old Mayweather knocked down the 20-year-old Nasukawa three times in the opening round of their contest, which capped off today’s Rizin FF 14 at Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.

Mayweather showed little respect for his opponent at the start, miming real punches while waiting to see what Nasukawa could offer. With a smile on his face, Mayweather came forward and landed a pair of body shots that sent Nasukawa to the canvas for an early takedown. Nasukawa crawled back to his feet, struggling to mask the pain he obviously felt. Mayweather went quickly back to the attack and landed a huge right hand that dropped his foe once again. Clearly struggling to gather his wits, Nasukawa got to his feet once again, but a Mayweather left hook sent him flailing to the floor again, and the Japanese kickboxer’s corner was forced to throw in the towel.

In the night’s MMA main event, Kyoji Horiguchi (26-2) continued his incredible run in his native Japan, tapping out Bellator bantamweight champ Darrion Caldwell (13-2) to claim the Rizin FF title and notch his 11th consecutive victory.

The pace was quick to start, and Caldwell was able to close the distance and grab hold of Horiguchi, who nearly slipped through the ropes before he was able to briefly reverse position. Caldwell was unfazed, rotating and grabbing a kimura grip that he torqued even as Horiguchi’s arm did poke through the ropes. Caldwell eventually let go of the hold, and when he tried to capitalize on the Japanese ruleset with a knee to a downed opponent, Horiguchi slipped it and scrambled back to the feet.

Once on the feet, Horiguchi brought the crowd to life with a few impressive striking exchanges, darting in and out of his opponent’s eight-inch reach advantage to land and avoid the replies.

Caldwell was quick on the takedown again in the second, punching his way into the effort. Horiguchi was able to get back to his feet in rapid fashion, but Caldwell delivered a few crisp knees and then continued to control the positioning on the floor. A slippery Horiguchi made it tough for Caldwell to do much damage with strikes, though he did punch whenever possible. Instead, most of Caldwell’s focus was forced to remain on keeping hold of the fan favorite, while Horiguchi did his best to punch as often as possible while he tried to climb to his feet.

Horiguchi was energized to start the third, and he darted in and out of range with massive shots, including a big right to the body that landed clean. Caldwell responded by shooting forward, but as Horiguchi fell to his back, he latched in a guillotine choke and went for the squeeze. It didn’t take long for Caldwell to tap, giving Horiguchi the Rizin FF bantamweight title – and earning him a shot at Caldwell’s Bellator belt sometime in 2019.

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Conor McGregor Already Saying He Could Beat Mayweather in a Rematch

Written by Kevin Skiver at CBS Sports.com

After his loss to Floyd Mayweather in August, Conor McGregor isn’t just going to go away. McGregor said in an interview with BBC that he could beat Mayweather in a rematch, but he respects the 50-0 boxer’s decision to retire and didn’t want to make any guarantees regarding a potential rematch.

“If we had a rematch? I would correct it. And I would beat him,” McGregor said. “He’s retired, I’m not going to stay calling him out all the time — I’m going to leave him to it — if it happens, maybe it will, who knows? I would beat him. No doubt.”

McGregor also said that he hasn’t spoken to Mayweather since the fight.

“No, we haven’t spoken,” he said when asked. “I respect what [he’s done]. 50-0 — after the fact I was like … I accept [the loss] and just let him be. Maybe though. Who knows? We’ll see.”

However, the thought of a boxing rematch will have to wait, as McGregor has other titles to defend.

“The next [fight] will be a UFC bout,” he said. “It’ll be a mixed martial arts bout, 100 percent. I will defend my lightweight belt, and then boxing is certainly an interest of mine, no doubt.”

McGregor, of course, has a lot of things to juggle. He’s much more than a fighter at this point; he’s a personality, and he’s upholding a brand. The loss seems to have humbled him — albeit marginally — but he wouldn’t shirk away from a rematch. If Mayweather is listening, and Mayweather always seems to be listening, the idea is out there. Whether McGregor is “calling him out” or not, he certainly won’t shy away from talking about fighting the boxing champion again.

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Mayweather Outlasts McGregor in 10 Round Fight

Written by John Eligon at New York Times.com

By the look of things, retirement was treating Floyd Mayweather Jr. well.

He had a stable of boxers to promote, businesses, including a new strip club, to run, and a vast collection of luxury cars to enjoy. But there is a reason he embraces the nickname Money: His brand was built as much on personality and spectacle as on skills in the boxing ring.

So when a rivalry with the mixed martial arts star Conor McGregor was manufactured on social media, Mayweather, 40, was more than happy to end his two-year retirement and to collect one final, potentially record-breaking paycheck. And he did it in the style that virtually everyone expected.

After allowing McGregor — 29 and boxing professionally for the first time — to come at him early in the fight with awkward punches that were by turns slapping and sharp, Mayweather took control in the middle rounds. He never looked back. He reddened McGregor’s face with a barrage of right-handed bombs, leading the referee to stop the fight a little more than a minute into the 10th round on Saturday night at T-Mobile Arena. The victory left Mayweather with a 50-0 record as a boxer, and dropped McGregor’s mark to 0-1.

Not only did Mayweather set himself up for a handsome paycheck expected to exceed $200 million, but he also ended a career as a defensive master with a performance that was decidedly offensive. This was Mayweather exorcising the demons of his previous megafight, against Manny Pacquiao two years ago, which proved to be dull to its broad, mainstream audience.

“I think we gave the fans what they wanted to see,” he said in the ring after beating McGregor. “I owed them for the Pacquiao fight. I had to come straight ahead and give the fans a show. That’s what I gave them.”

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$1 Million Dollar Bets On Mayweather Skew Fight Odds

Written by David Purdum at ESPN.com

Multiple $1 million bets on Floyd Mayweather were among a flurry of big money that showed up in Las Vegas on Thursday, shaking up the odds for the undefeated boxing champion’s showdown with UFC star Conor McGregor.

The MGM sportsbook took a $1 million bet on Mayweather at minus-550 odds from a VIP casino guest, who wired in the money to the casino cage ahead of the wager, MGM vice president of race and sports Jay Rood told ESPN. The bet would net just under $182,000, if Mayweather prevails.

Shortly after, William Hill’s Nevada sportsbook reported taking a $1.2 million bet on Mayweather at minus-500 odds from a customer who paid cash. That bet would net $240,000.

After dipping below minus-500 last weekend, Mayweather’s odds were back up to minus-600 at multiple books Thursday.

“The price is skyrocketing right now,” Rood told ESPN on Thursday afternoon.

The two $1 million bets are the largest reported wagers on the fight to this point and were part of a surge of action on Mayweather around town Thursday. In addition to the $1 million bets, MGM and William Hill each took $300,000 bets on Mayweather earlier in the day.

The South Point sportsbook reported taking two approximately $200,000 bets on Mayweather within 15 minutes of each other. Those bets followed a $50,000 bet on McGregor at plus-450 that would net $225,000, if the Irishman pulls off the upset.

While the bigger money begins to appear on Mayweather, the books have a long way to go before evening out the action. William Hill said, even with Thursday’s $1.2 million bet on Mayweather, the book still faces a seven-figure liability on McGregor.

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Vegas Might Be Screwed If McGregor Wins

Written by Brandon Wise and Larry Hartstein at CBS Sports.com

While Floyd Mayweather will have plenty at stake for Saturday’s showdown with Conor McGregor in Las Vegas, gamblers have plenty of their own on the line. And if things break the wrong way, Las Vegas could be bleeding money come Sunday morning.

Nick Bogdanovich, director of trading for William Hill, told CBS Sports that he’s taken 16 times more bets on McGregor and that his company is looking at “a good seven-figure loss” if the UFC star pulls the upset.

“I think there will be some late Mayweather money but not enough,” Bogdanovich said of the fight, which will air live on Showtime PPV. “We’re going to need Mayweather big, just not sure how big.

“I knew there would be money on McGregor — they bet him heavy in UFC — but never in a million years did I think it would be this kind of money.”

William Hill took a $150,000 bet on McGregor at +480, a wager that will pay a cool $720,000 if McGregor hands Mayweather his first loss. William Hill currently is dealing Mayweather at -500 and McGregor at +400.

MGM Resorts also is staring at a massive liability on McGregor, but other books have taken more balanced action.

The Westgate LV SuperBook took a few six-figure wagers on Mayweather, helping to offset the 95 percent of bets that have come in on McGregor.

“We’re certainly in need of Mayweather, but not like some of the other properties around,” SuperBook director Jay Kornegay said.

Kornegay expects the betting pattern to continue — small wagers from tourists and fans on McGregor, heavy hitters on Mayweather — “and I’m comfortable with that.”

As noted earlier Monday afternoon, while most of the action is on McGregor, most of the money is on Mayweather, according to CG Technology.

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Mayweather Give McGregor A Chance; Claims He Lost A Step

Written by ESPN Staff at ESPN.com

Floyd Mayweather spent much of his promotional tour last month mocking Conor McGregor’s skills and confidently predicting he would dominate their Aug. 26 boxing match, but he struck a more deferential tone Tuesday, acknowledging that he has “lost a step” and that McGregor, at least on paper, has the edge over him.

In an interview with ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith, Mayweather, 40, pointed to McGregor’s advantages in size and age as reasons why the UFC fighter poses a legitimate challenge.

“He’s a lot younger. When you look at myself and Conor McGregor on paper, he’s taller, has a longer reach, he’s a bigger man from top to bottom. He’s a lot younger, so youth is on his side,” Mayweather said of McGregor, who is 29. “And I’ve been off a couple of years. And I’m in my 40s. So, if you look at everything on paper, it leans toward Conor McGregor.”

Mayweather, the former pound-for-pound boxing king and five-division world champion, is coming out of retirement for his clash with McGregor, a bout for which he is widely considered a heavy favorite.

He has not fought since his one-sided unanimous decision over Andre Berto in September 2015, which improved his record to 49-0. McGregor, the UFC lightweight champion, will be making his professional boxing debut against Mayweather.

Asked by Smith why he wasn’t brashly proclaiming McGregor has no chance in their fight, Mayweather said simply, “I’m older.

“I’m not the same fighter I was two years ago. I’m not the same fighter I was five years ago. I lost a step,” he said. “A fighter like Andre Berto isn’t even supposed to go the distance with Floyd Mayweather, but remember, I was 38. It’s obvious I’m slipping a little bit to even let a fighter like that go the distance with me.

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McGregor Vs Mayweather To Be Shown In Movie Theaters For $40 Bucks

Written by Daniel Rapaport at SI.com

The Aug. 26 superfight between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor will be shown at select movie theaters across the country.

ESPN’s Dan Rafael first reported that Fathom Events and Mayweather Productions have collaborated to bring the broadcast to the big screen. Rafael reports that the broadcast shown in these theaters will be identical to one shown on Showtime, with one key difference: Showtime’s pay per view broadcast will cost $99.95 per television, while tickets to the theater showings will be significantly less, but still may run up to $40.

“The buzz that my fight against Conor McGregor is getting has been great already, so what better way to watch this larger than life event than on the big screen? We brought boxing back to movie theaters eight years ago and it was a huge success,” Mayweather said. “But this event is on a different level and I’m so glad we are giving fans another way to see all the action. Grab your popcorn because this is a fight no one will want to miss.”

Still, that $40 will surely turn away some potential viewers, as it makes more financial sense to split the fight with (two or more) friends than to pay $40 per seat at a theater.

Buzz for the fight between the 49-0 Mayweather and MMA star/boxing newcomer McGregor has been remarkable, thanks in part to a week-long promotional tour that put both fighters’ propensity for trash talk and self-aggrandizement on display.

Mayweather Claims McGregor’s Racist; McGregor Owns Real Estate In Floyd’s Head

Written by Brian Campbell at CBS Sports.com

For all of the fun Floyd Mayweather and UFC champion Conor McGregor have had slinging insults at each other throughout their international tour, the overall tone seemed to turn negative on Thursday.

The two biggest stars in combat sports will meet in a pay-per-view boxing match on Aug. 26 in Las Vegas. And with the third leg of a four-day, three-country media tour complete following a shamefully crass performance from both at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, much of the talk centered upon McGregor’s racially insensitive words.

McGregor (21-3 in MMA), a native of Ireland, was criticized for twice hurling the derogatory term “Dance for me, boy” at Mayweather during each of the first two stops on the tour this week. The controversy continued Wednesday when McGregor, during an interview which aired on “Jimmy Kimmel Live,”made an inappropriate remark about a group of African-American fighters during a reference to the movie “Rocky III.”

“Rocky III? I’m trying to remember which one was Rocky III,” McGregor said. “Was that the one in the celebrity gym? I can’t remember if that’s the one with the dancing monkeys or not.”

On Thursday, McGregor continued to irritate Mayweather, who had his teenage daughter Iyanna “Money Yaya” Mayweather by his side on stage, by getting into her face during an anti-Floyd rant and saying, “Sing it for me beautiful Yaya.”

After the press conference, Mayweather (49-0, 26 KOs) was asked whether he deemed McGregor’s comments as being racist.

“Disrespecting my daughter, disrespecting the mother of my daughter, disrespecting black women, calling black people monkeys — it’s totally disrespectful,” Mayweather said. “I have a diverse team, a diverse staff. When I was young, I may have said some things that I shouldn’t have said when I was young. But we live, we learn and you don’t say those things when you get to a certain age. It’s all about growth and maturity.”

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McGregor, Mayweather’s Press Conference Is A Spectacle

Written by Adam Reisinger at ESPN.com

After Conor McGregor’s bold fashion statement at Tuesday’s news conference promoting his Aug. 26 fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr., there’s only one question on everyone’s mind: What will the reigning UFC lightweight champion wear on Wednesday?

McGregor showed up to the first stop on the media tour to promote the fight wearing what, from a distance, appeared to be a normal three-piece, pinstripe suit. But a close-up picture of the suit revealed that the pinstripes were made up of the phrase “F— You” repeated vertically over and over.

According to GQ, the suit was made by clothing label David August, and the company’s CEO, David August Heil, told the magazine, “Conor has been a longtime client and friend of ours, and we’re deeply honored to be a part of this epic, historic story as it unfolds. With a force in sports and fashion like Conor, it makes our job exciting to create unique looks that enhances his natural confidence and power. He’s a disrupter in everything he does, and we’re intoxicated by his passion and drive.”

Although opinion is mixed on whether pinstripes — traditional or McGregor’s custom treatment — are in style these days, GQ had high praise for McGregor’s suit in general, writing “The … suit actually fits the athlete really well, hitting his shoulders at the right point, tapering in at the torso and showing plenty of crisp white cuff.” McGregor wore a similar look, with normal pinstripes, at a news conference leading up to UFC 205 last year.

The Mayweather-McGregor press tour continues with stops in Toronto on Wednesday, Brooklyn on Thursday and London on Friday. Stay tuned to see if McGregor makes any more statements via his fashion choices or if he limits them to his mouth, which was also in epic and profane form during Tuesday’s news conference.

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