Retired boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. said over the weekend that he can consider returning to the boxing ring if he can earn a “nine-figure” salary in his comeback fight.
Mayweather admitted in an interview that he is happy with his retirement but said that he has had talks with CBS and Showtime, the broadcast partners for Mayweather fights in recent years.
“Yes, I’m happy to be where I’m at,” Mayweather said in the interview. “Everyone is asking, asking me, ‘Is Floyd Mayweather coming back?’ Right now, I’m happy on this side, but I’ve been talking with CBS and Showtime and you just never know. But for now, I’m happy on this side.”
Mayweather, who goes by the nickname “Money” also confessed that his payday for his probable comeback fight will be a major factor in his decision to unretired and return to boxing.
“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,” the undefeated American boxer stated.
Mayweather’s last two fights has had contrasting results in the boxing box office with the fight against Manny Pacquiao breaking the pay-per-view buys and sales records in the history of the sport. Meanwhile his fight against Andre Berto, his farewell fight, was underwhelming with regards to fight fans reaction and hype as Mayweather finished his career at 49-0.
With a “nine-figure” demand for his comeback payday, it appears only a fight with Manny Pacquiao can convince Mayweather to return to the ring. Pacquiao has also retired from the sport and is running for a senatorial seat in the Philippine elections this month.
It’s speculated that only another Mayweather-Pacquiao bout can duplicate the record-breaking PPV boxing numbers in their super fight in 2015.
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