Showtime vice president of Sports Stephen Espinoza is betting that Floyd Mayweather Jr. (49-0, 26 KOs) chooses not to return to the ring to resume his fabulous boxing career in 2016 after retiring last month after his win over Andre Berto on September 12th. Mayweather hasn’t said anything about making a comeback next year, says Espinoza.
Espinoza figures that Mayweather is just living it up and having a good time in retirement. Mayweather made a lot of money recently, and he doesn’t have the same stressors that normal fighters do that aren’t making big money in their fights. Those fighters have to get back in the ring as fast as they can for them to keep putting bread on the table. Mayweather doesn’t have the same need with him having made three-quarters of a billion dollars during his career in boxing.
“He’s enjoying his time,” Espinoza said RingTV.com. “I don’t know how he ended up in Bora Bora (in the South Pacific). He seems to be enjoying it. Not a word about coming back,” he said. “I don’t think it’s even in the realm of his consideration right now.”
It must be nice to be rich like Mayweather. He can make some of that big money if he can motivate himself enough to back off from his life of leisure to face Manny Pacquiao in a rematch in early 2016 before Pacquiao retires from the sport. Pacquiao says he’s going to be likely retiring if he gets voted into the senate in the Philippine elections in May of 2016. Mayweather can make another $150 million from a rematch with Pacquiao. He made $300 million for their fight on May 2nd this year at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
“There will be ample opportunity to sort of take his temperature,” Espinoza said. “But I’m not holding my breath. I still think if I was a betting man I would say he’s not coming back.”