Boxing superstar Floyd Mayweather plans to retire in 2015
Last Updated: 11/09/14 10:46pm
Boxing superstar Floyd Mayweather has announced he will hang up his gloves next year.
The undefeated American is planning on having two more fights after this weekend’s rematch with Marcos Maidana in Las Vegas before retiring in 2015.
I can’t say who the next two opponents will be, but they will be exciting fights. My next fight is in May and then September. A year from now will be my last fight.
“I have only got two more fights after this,” said Mayweather, who is halfway through a six-fight contract with American TV network Showtime.
“As of right now my focus is on Maidana. I can’t focus on the two fights after this.
“I can’t say who the next two opponents will be, but they will be exciting fights. My next fight is in May and then September. A year from now will be my last fight.”
If Mayweather wins his remaining three fights he will be level at 49-0 with Rocky Marciano and the allure of beating his fellow American’s record may well persuade him to postpone his retirement.
However, the 37-year-old is currently planning to concentrate on his promotional company.
“After those fights I just want to build the Mayweather Promotions brand. I have been in this sport my whole life and understand the business.
“The Mayweather brand is growing and we don’t know what the future holds. If I continue to work with good people like Leonard Ellerbe and Al Haymon there will be something positive.”
Despite showing little sign of decline the reigning two-weight world champion, who will be defending his WBA and WBC welterweight and light-middleweight titles against Maidana, has said it is imperative he gives his body sufficient rest.
“As you get older, you get wiser, smarter. You no longer grow physically but you do mentally. When I was younger I would go to the gym, every day, even as a professional.
“As you get older you have to let the body rest, let the body heal and rejuvenate so you can come back a lot stronger. Over the last few years I have let my body rest a lot more, eat a lot better although I cheat a little at Fatburger.”
The undefeated star, with a record of 46-0, has also fired a warning shot to Maidana ahead of the bout admitting he is quicker than he’s ever been.
Some have questioned if he is as fleet footed as he once was, especially given how close the first encounter was with the Argentine, but Mayweather has poured scorn on such claims.
“When I am in the ring I know what I have to do. Facing so many different styles throughout the years, making adjustments is second nature. [My legs] looked good in the first fight. When a guy like that is extremely dirty I have to take my time,” he said.
“I am capable of changing. I’m faster this camp, a lot stronger, feel a lot better. We will have to see how the fight plays out. I am sure he is in good condition and we’ll see what he brings.
“I think I am faster because I am throwing more combinations this camp. The sparring partners have said I am a lot better. We have used some of the same guys and they say I am a lot stronger and faster this camp.”