Floyd Mayweather is no longer in his prime.
He is 35 years old and probably the best pound for pound boxer in the world, but he isn’t in his prime. If he fights five more times after Miguel Cotto, he is tempting father time to make an example out of him like he has done to so many other fighters.
The one thing no one can take away from Mayweather is his undefeated record. He has one of the greatest boxing stats of all time.
He has fought 42 times. 126 scorecards have been turned in for Mayweather bouts and only once did a judge think he lost a fight (against Oscar De La Hoya and that was a terrible scorecard).
If he fought 5 top quality opponents I think he would lose at some point, but that doesn’t seem to be the strategy.
Floyd Mayweather Jr. (42-0, 26KOs) is looking to fight five more times before retiring from the sport. Mayweather, 35-years-old, returns on May 5th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. He faces WBA junior middleweight champion Miguel Cotto (37-2, 30KOs). Mayweather wants to have at least two fights per year, which puts him on the path to retirement at age 37. On June 1, Mayweather will report to the Clark County Detention Center in Las Vegas to spend 87 days in jail for a domestic abuse charge. He wants to take another fight in the fall.
“Safe to say, probably — this one [with Cotto], plus five more. And of course, I’m probably not looking to fight six strong champions,” Mayweather told David Mayo of the Grand Rapids Press. “I’m a lot older now, you know what I’m saying?”
Mayweather isn’t a dummy and while this will not endear him to boxing fans, if he plans on staying undefeated while cashing checks it is the prudent thing to do.
I don’t think we will ever see a Mayweather vs. Pacquiao fight, people should give up on that. Listening to Mayweather it is unlikely you will see him fight someone like Sergio Martinez.
What you will see is him fighting fighters he feels he can exploit like Amir Khan, Lamont Peterson, Devon Alexander and etc.
Even those fighters though on a good night could catch Mayweather because as we all know Father Time is still undefeated.