Mayweather: I’ve Got Five More Fights and then I’m Through with the Sport
- Updated: May 5, 2013
Near the end of tonight’s post-fight press conference, Floyd Mayweather proclaimed that he’s looking to retire after his 30-month contract with Showtime is up.
“I’ve got five more fights and then I’m through with the sport,” said Mayweather when asked about his future plans.
Mayweather decisioned Robert Guerrero to retain his welterweight title earlier in the evening, while also stating that he does plan to return to the ring in September.
Good fight, tough bout. Tough competitor,” said Mayweather, who donned a purple Team Mayweather jumpsuit and a gold studded ball cap.
“Truly an amazing ride, 17 years. I’m blessed to be where I’m at.”
“I was built for this.”
Tonight was just another stepping stone. We got five more fights.” (Under his new deal with Showtime)
Mayweather said he hurt his hand midway through the fighter and Floyd Sr. instructed him to go for it. “I didn’t want to tell him (his dad and trainer) that I hurt it (his hand) and I kept throwing it.” The fighter talked greatly of having his father in his corner again after over a decade. Mayweather said he had a great training camp and neither former head trainer Roger Mayweather nor Floyd Sr. stepped on each other’s toes during camp.
The name Canelo Alvarez was thrown out.
“I’m closer to 40 than I am 21… I’m gonna talk to my team, Al Haymon, and take some time off.”
“He’s a young guy… I’m not going to duck anybody… I’m not gonna rush,” said Mayweather, who thought that Alvarez’ fight against Austin Trout was closer than the cards were for Alvarez.
“We’ll be back in September… we’re good to go,” said Mayweather about a second fight this year in attempts to fulfill his Showtime contract of six fights in 30 months.
“It’s not bragging, it’s not boasting… I take my hat off to Sugar Ray Leonard,” said Mayweather when some of the legendary names were thrown out that Mayweather at times professes to be greater than. “I’m not in their era.”
“This is chess, not checkers. They said I was losing my legs at 36… I should them I could still box, that my defense was still there… it is what it is.”
“I just want to say thanks to God. God is great… I came up short tonight, but I’m still gonna praise God,” said Guerrero, who was introduced by Mayweather himself onto the podium.
“I’ll be back,” said Guerrero.
MARES THREE-TIME TITLIST
Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer speaking on newly minted featherweight champion Abner Mares:
“If you don’t have this guy on your top ten lists tomorrow, you are missing something.”
“All I have to say is I’m blessed,” said Mares, who dropped champion Daniel Ponce De Leon multiple times en route to becoming a three-time world champion be wresting the WBC featherweight title in a dominant performance that was stopped by the third man in the ring. Mares stated he did not wish to finish off De Leon and the two fighters spoke after the fight in De Leon’s dressing room to show no hard feelings.
LOVE GETS DECISION OVER ROSADO
Middleweight J’Leon Love earned a decision in a gritty fight against Philly’s Gabriel Rosado in an entertaining affair on the nights undercard.
“It was a great fight, a very good tough one… hats off the Rosado and his team.”
“I’m a true fighter, man. I come to fight. At the end of the day, I want to rumble,” said Rosado, who thought he did what he had to do to pull out a victory after a somewhat controversial decision nod in Love’s favor.
“The judge who scored (the fight) 97-92 should be fired.”
Light-welterweight champion Danny Garcia, with his father in two, got into a shouting match with an unknown fighter trying to make a name for himself. The raucous took away some attention from the post-fight press conference as tempers flared and the unknown fighter was asked to leave the premises.
Adrien Broner was on hand and plugged his new show to come out on Showtime as well as his upcoming bout against Paul Malignaggi, his first jump into the welterweight division.