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article imageBoxer Zab Judah: Mayweather told me he's finished

By Leo Reyes     Feb 2, 2011 in Sports
Former IBF and WBO junior welterweight champion Zab Judah claims Floyd Mayweather, Jr. told him he is done with boxing, Judah said in a recent interview for "On the Ropes Boxing Radio".
When asked if he believes Mayweather will return to the ring given his recent trouble outside the ring, Judah replied:
"That’s funny. I had seen Floyd yesterday and asked, Are you going to get back in there?’ Mayweather told me he’s finished. He said he was just going to chill. He’s thinking about taking a two-year break and I mean listen. The man worked hard for a long time. He maintained an undefeated record and he maintained a great position in the game of boxing."
He continued, "Well I look at that like, ‘Listen champ, you’re going to lay off and I’m going to pick up’ and that’s it. He’s going to fall back. We’re going to pick up the marbles and keep it moving. That’s it.”
Zab Judah, who was recently mentioned as possible opponent of Filipino boxing star Manny Pacquiao, was asked how he would fare against the pound-for pound king should there be a matchup between the two:
“I don’t know. It would be an interesting fight because we’re both left-handed. But after Kaizer Mabuza I can make more elaborations on that because my style right now is not focused on left-handers. My style is focused on fighting right-handers, coming forward, throwing a lot of punches, and working his butt off. So that’s the kind of style I’m working on breaking down right now.”
From all indications, Mayweather is indeed considering a career-switch as he has recently partnered with his friend and rapper 50 Cent in a movie production venture.
In a recent interview at the Utah Sundance Film Festival Mayweather said, "We're going to do what we normally do: sit in a room and brainstorm and try to come up with new ideas ... you know, outside the box. Be creative and just work together and try to be positive. That's the main thing. It's about working hard, being positive and working together."
"I won’t be able to rap forever,” 50 Cent said during a press conference Saturday.
"And I won’t be able to box forever,” added Floyd Mayweather.
These quotes from 50 Cent and Mayweather indicate the two entertainment and sport celebrities may indeed be considering career switches soon.
It is interesting to note though that Mayweather has been talking lately about his long overdue fight with Pacquiao, focusing his thoughts on the random drug testing controversy which according to him, was the reason why the fight did not happen.
In an interview with Ben Thompson of Fytehype a few days ago, Mayweather said: "The Mayweather-Pacquiao fight didn't get made because Manny Pacquiao said he wanted two weeks of non-testing. The last two weeks leading up until the fight, he didn't want to take the test, so that's why the fight didn't happen".
"Everything they asked, I agreed and what I asked of them, they didn't agree", he added.
Still, Pacquiao's camp maintains it is not the real reason why the last negotiations fell through as they originally agreed on a 14-day window for the tests.
The real reason they said was Mayweather's passive role during the second negotiations as he later admitted there was never a negotiation to speak of in the first place.
Mayweather claimed Bob Arum never tried to reach out with Al Haymon who he said was the right person to deal with.
It may be recalled that Oscar de la Hoya, head of Golden Boy Promotions, announced during the second round of negotiations that the Pacquiao-Mayweather fight was nearly a done-deal with a few more minor details left to be resolved.
Mayweather would later go on to say that there was no negotiations at all, effectively contradicting de la Hoya's pronouncements on the status of the second round of talks.
From these claims and counterclaims it now appears Mayweather is just trying to find a way to make a graceful exit from the sport that made him a millionaire many times over.
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