At approximately 9:00 PM Thursday night, undefeated boxing legend Floyd Mayweather Jr. posted an Instagram photo announcing that he is “coming out of retirement in 2020.” This announcement comes on the heels of a comment he made Tuesday in regard to his boxing career: “You have got to know when to hang it up. I had a great career.”
During an interview with Rueter’s reporter Rory Carroll at Mayweather’s recently opened Mayweather Boxing + Fitness gym in Torrance, California, the champion admitted that “Boxing is a very, very brutal sport. In the last few years, a lot of fighters have died inside that squared circle.”
Although Mayweather says he’s received calls requesting his presence back in the ring, he maintains that his “health is my wealth.” He added, “I’ll still travel and do exhibitions. I make great money doing exhibitions—between $10 and $30 million. I think I make more doing that than most fighters make fighting.”
It’s difficult to decipher Mayweather’s “coming out of retirement” proclamation in light of his comments on the brutal nature of boxing. However, in another Instagram post, he can be seen sitting next to UFC president Dana White with the following caption: “Dana White and I working together again to bring the world another spectacular event in 2020.”
“Eventually I will move on to build my brand in MMA but for right now I’m in boxing, and boxing will always be at the top as long as I’m involved,” Mayweather added. Although boxing is still a top priority for the 50-0 champion, it’s not outside the realm of possibility to see him in the cage for a future exhibition match.
Back in 2017, MMA fighter Conner McGregor climbed into the ring to fight Mayweather in what many are dubbing as “The Money Fight.” It was the most money any MMA fighter has ever made in a single fight. Mayweather remarked that the fight “gave the MMA sport a boost.”
Speculations are running rampant after Mayweather posted the image of himself donning boxing shorts and wrapped fists. Last year, McGregor challenged Mayweather to a rematch and the boxing world would salivate over a Mayweather vs. Pacquiao 3. Could the absence of boxing gloves in the photo foreshadow an MMA fight in the near future? We’ll all know soon enough.