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Floyd Mayweather should disappear into retirement forever, because a comeback could end in tears

Floyd Mayweather teased a boxing comeback on Instagram saying he is coming out of retirement in 2020. If true, it would be his first professional fight for three years, bar a first round knockout in an exhibition bout on December 31, 2018. Many great boxers before Mayweather did not know when to call it quits, and ended their careers on a low. Mayweather has one of the greatest and most iconic records in boxing history — 50 wins against no losses, with victories over Manny Pacquiao, Saul Canelo Alvarez, and Oscar de la Hoya. Mayweather might not stop fighting until he loses, and that would be a crying shame — but the one crying the hardest would be him. Visit Business Insider s homepage for more stories. Floyd Mayweather has always promised blood and sweat before he competes in the ring, but if he ever does return to the fight game for one final cash-grab, it could end in tears — and the tears would be his. Mayweather has made coming out of retirement a business. A comeback, the American knows, means a money fight, something Mayweather knows plenty about. The 41-year-old retired for the first time in 2007 after he flattened British fighter Ricky Hatton with a highlight-reel check hook in the 10th round. But he only stayed retired for two years as he returned to boxing for a ruck against the expert counterpuncher Juan Manuel Marquez, whom he dominated with an impressive ease in 2009. Marquez was a lighter opponent but Mayweather looked as good as he ever had, before romping to a succession of clear-cut wins over some of the sport s biggest names like Shane Mosley, Miguel Cotto, Saul Canelo Alvarez, and Manny Pacquiao. In a wildly successful comeback, he won five world championship titles in two weight classes and earned over $600 million in just 10 fights — more than he had in his previous 39 bouts. It was like he had never been away. But then he went away again. He retired after he outclassed an inferior opponent in Andre Berto, a bout that earned him $32 million, and this time it appeared he would retire for good. Before the start of the 12th round, supposedly the final time Mayweather would ever sit on a stool during professional combat, he gave a passionate, teary-eyed speech to his father and head coach, Floyd Mayweather Sr., before fighting the final round of his life — his swansong. That was it. Mayweather called the curtain on an illustrious career at 49-0, at 38 years old, in 2015. Mayweather is past his prime Only, that wasn t it. There was one more fight to come, as an opportunity presented itself that would guarantee Mayweather would dwarf his previous fight salary. That opportunity was Conor McGregor, the mixed martial artist with a gift of the gab, verbal jabs, and a lethal left cross that had concussed many an opponent in the UFC. Mayweather retired for the third time in 2017, after he labored to a 10th round stoppage victory over McGregor. It was a big-money win, a jackpot that scooped him $275 million, but Mayweather looked poor. McGregor, a boxing novice who had never once fought a professional four-round fight, let alone a championship 12-rounder, hung in there until the 10th, and landed 111 punches in the process, more than any other opponent had landed on Mayweather before. Yes, Mayweather eventually got the job done, but he did so while looking old and past his prime against a novice. It became clear that it s unlikely he d be able to compete against active and elite boxers like Errol Spence Jr., Terence Crawford, or Canelo Alvarez in a high-stakes rematch. Mayweather, unsurprisingly, hung up his gloves at 50-0 and became boxing s first billion-dollar fighter. Unbeaten throughout his entire professional career, he left with barely a scratch on his face, having earned more money than any other boxer. He revolutionized the pay-per-view landscape and flew into the sunset, on his terms, as a filthy-rich winner. Boxing? Mayweather completed it. I got a new jet for my birthday #AirMayweather #TMT Photo Credit: @tmtpilot A post shared by Floyd Mayweather (@floydmayweather) on Feb 24, 2018 at 8:39pm PST on Feb 24, 2018 at 8:39pm PST He now has the Mayweather Boxing Club in Las Vegas, a strip club called Girl Collection, a garage filled with rare million dollar cars, a Billionaire watch worth $18 million, luxurious mansions, and two private jets. He even flew one of those planes to the other side of the planet just to take an Instagram photo last year. Becoming a farce Still, that didn t seem to be enough for Mayweather, who wanted one more fight albeit under specific circumstances that would not count on his actual record. After announcing a rematch with his former opponent Pacquiao at a nightclub in Japan two months ago and telling TMZ Sports in October that he would absolutely fight the UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov, Mayweather held a press conferance to confirm a comeback against the relatively obscure Rizin kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa, a 20-year-old who likes anime, aliens, and Harry Potter. Within days, he claimed he was blindsided and pulled the plug on the December 31 show in Saitama City. As Shannon Sharpe, the popular panelist on Skip and Shannon: Undisputed, said on Fox Sports 1: These things are becoming a farce. Former UFC middleweight Chael Sonnen said in a Twitter video that Mayweather is watering down his own brand, and Ariel Helwani, the respected MMA journalist for ESPN, called it embarrassing. Regardless, the December 31 bout went ahead, Mayweather won with ease, knocking the lighter Nasukawa down multiple times in the opening round. Nasukawa cried when Mayweather tried to raise his hand after the loss. The bout was later branded fake by the podcaster and former UFC fighter Brendan Schaub.  The fight game is littered with great athletes who take one fight too many as some boxers just don t know when to call it quits. The former three-time heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali retired after he avenged his previous defeat to Leon Spinks by beating him in front of 70,000 fans in Louisana in 1978. Ali should have stayed retired, but an $8 million offer lured him into a fight against jab maestro Larry Holmes two years later. Ali, showing signs of trembling hands and stuttering speech, was obliterated in 10 rounds by Holmes. That should have been enough, but Ali still refused to accept the call of retirement and fought Trevor Berbick in 1981, losing by unanimous decision. And Ali is not alone. The former Baddest Man on the Planet Mike Tyson didn t know when to call it quits as he was embarrassed in three of his last four fights. His 2004 and 2005 losses to Danny Williams and Kevin McBride would likely have been reversed had he fought them earlier in his career, but Tyson took the fights, lost badly, and ended his career on a low. Even Roy Jones Jr., the fabulously-athletic sharpshooter, should have retired for good when he won a heavyweight world title having begun his career as a junior middleweight. But after his landmark 2003 decision win over John Ruiz, he lost eight times in 15 years and his record, and legacy, has suffered as a result. Mayweather could end up as boxing s next cautionary tale. This week, he posted on Instagram saying he is coming out of retirement in 2020. Coming out of retirement in 2020 A post shared by Floyd Mayweather (@floydmayweather) on Nov 21, 2019 at 7:54pm PST on Nov 21, 2019 at 7:54pm PST   Whether he actually will is currently unknown, but one thing is clear: Mayweather has been fighting s greatest box office attraction for over a decade, but his magic act is stale. It is time for him to disappear into retirement forever. If he doesn t, he will likely keep returning until one day he loses. Then, his record, that undefeated and unbeatable legacy he has built since 1998, will be lost forever. That would be a crying shame — but the one crying hardest would be Mayweather. Read more: Deontay Wilder, the John Wick of boxing, says he relaxes by firing guns through obstacle courses at SWAT team ranges Wladimir Klitschko is plotting a spectacular boxing comeback, and he wants to break an old heavyweight record Conor McGregor loves the mirror, has a massive ego, and will never be a fat, old guy, his coach says Jorge Masvidal will be in for a rude awakening if he manages to coax Canelo Alvarez into a lucrative crossover boxing match Conor McGregor recently surprised beginner boxers by taking over their lesson, shouting at them, and showing them how to punch How David Haye plans to make a world champion out of Dereck Chisora, the once wild and unpredictable heavyweight who draws comparisons to tennis star Nick Kyrgios An Irish boxer is challenging Conor McGregor to stay sober long enough so they can end their war of words and fight for a world titleSEE ALSO: Take a look inside the new and improved Straight Blast Gym where John Kavanagh trains Conor McGregor and James Gallagher Join the conversation about this story NOW WATCH: 5 things about the NFL that football fans may not know


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