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article imageOp-Ed: Why Floyd Mayweather won't retire after Sept.12 fight

By Leo Reyes     Jun 17, 2015 in Sports
Floyd Mayweather's earlier announcement saying he will retire after completing his $200 million six-fight contract with CBS/Showtime on Sept. 12, hasn't changed according to Leonard Ellerbe, CEO of Mayweather Promotions.
“He said he wants to go in September, and I haven’t heard any different,” Ellerbe told Mlive.com. “But we haven’t had a conversation about it,” Ellerbe said
After beating Manny Pacquiao last month via a unanimous decision, Mayweather said he has also lost the love of the sport saying his passion for boxing is no longer the same.
"At one particular time, I loved the sport of boxing," said Mayweather who has yet to name his next opponent. "I wanted to go to every fight. But I've just lost the love of the sport.
"My love and my passion for boxing is not the same, like it once was, but this is my job, to go out there and be at my best when doing my job," he added.
While it may be true that Mayweather's passion for the sport is no longer the same as he claimed, his actions and records show that he feels good being on top of his game. He had capitalized on being No.1 in every business decision that he makes.
The reason why Mayweather usually gets the the bigger share of the purse whenever he negotiates with his opponent's promoter is because he puts a premium on his being unbeaten and for being the pound-for-pound king, or for being the world's highest-paid athlete.
This is why he calls himself the greatest despite Muhammad Alis's protestations. He also wants to be known as the A-Side whenever he is on the negotiating table. Most of all he wants to call himself TBE (The Best Ever).
Mayweather will make sure that he will win his retirement fight on Sept. 12 in order to satisfy his part of the $200 million six-fight contract with CBS/Showtime.
It will be his 49th pro fight since he turned professional in 1996 and if he wins, he will share the spotlight with legendary boxer Rocky Marciano, who retired undefeated at 49-0.
Certainly Mayweather won't be happy sharing the record with another boxer. For him, being No.1 is the only way to go and for that reason, he will likely fight one last time and go for 50-0 to break Marciano's career record.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of DigitalJournal.com
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