Floyd Mayweather “unretired” from the sport of boxing in 2008 and welterweight contender Shawn Porter believes that it can happen again in 2016.
“I don’t think he’s retired. I’ve heard things about him coming back once more, but only once more. He’s tied the record and he’s trying to break the record, but at the same time, I think he’s [going to] watch this fight and whatever happens between Keith and I, and if he feels like he can beat one of us, he’ll come back,” Porter shared to ontheropesboxing.com.
“I think if he doesn’t feel like he can beat one of us, he won’t come back. We’ll see what happens, I feel like March 12th is a very deciding factor for not only the rest of 2016 but also the years to come.”
Porter will face another rising welterweight contender in American Keith Thurman on March 12 later this year and the pair will battle for the World Boxing Council (WBC) welterweight title.
Porter’s record is impressive with 26 wins against 1 loss and 1 draw and 16 knockout victories in his career. Thurman is undefeated in 26 fights with 22 knockout wins.
Porter added in the interview that if he beats Thurman he would consider a rematch with British boxer Kell Brook, who dealt Porter the only loss in his career in 2014. Brook defeated Porter two years ago via majority decision for the International Boxing Federation (IBF) world welterweight title.
Mayweather has been non-committal on his return to boxing but the lure of money may be too much for the American, who is known for his lavish and expensive lifestyle.
In recent interviews, Mayweather said that he doesn’t see himself fighting in the ring again and had turned down “nine-figure” offers to return to the sport.
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