Has Floyd Mayweather changed in retirement? ‘It doesn’t always have to be about me’
23rd October 2020

Inside his boxing gym in Las Vegas, Floyd Mayweather Jr. wore an orange “Mayweather Sports’’ baseball cap, a jean jacket and a bemused look on his face.

Someone had just asked if he has “a little money left’’ more than three years after retiring from boxing.

“Oh, a lot,’’ Mayweather said. Then he looked across the room as if double checking on something.

“I got probably $1.3 million on me,’’ he said.

In cash? Right there in his boxing gym?

A grin spread across the retired boxer’s face.

“I’m Floyd 'Money' Mayweather,’’ he said.

Floyd Mayweather says he is content to take a backseat to other fighters as a promoter. (Photo: Eugene Hoshiko, AP)

And so he was Wednesday night, very much the same old Floyd “Money’’ Mayweather during a video interview, but with a new job description.

The boxer-turned-promoter spoke with USA TODAY Sports about the Nov. 28 Mike Tyson-Roy Jones Jr. exhibition, what it would take to get him back into the ring — if only for an exhibition match — and the death of Josie Harris, who was mother of three of Mayweather’s children.

But Mayweather spoke most enthusiastically about the upcoming fight between two premier featherweight boxers — Gervonta “Tank’’ Davis, the top fighter for Mayweather Promotions, and Leo Santa Cruz. They will face off Oct. 31 at the Alamodome in San Antonio and available on Showtime pay per view.

Or, as Mayweather puts it, “May per view.’’  It will be Davis’ first pay-per-view fight and his chance to on the national stage.

“It don’t always have to be about me,’’ Mayweather said. “It’s good that it’s about him. And it’s good to show up on the other side, you know?

“That’s why I’m pushing him, pushing him, pushing that we can find the next Floyd Mayweather. And if anybody got it, this guy got it right here.''

It’ll be tough to reach Mayweather standards considering he retired with a 50-0 record and only after amassing hundreds of millions of dollars. Now 43, he sounded content to remain retired —  “No more fighting for me,’’ he said .”That’s for the young guys’’ — but expressed an interest in an exhibition match and addressed several topics.

On the exhibition match between the 54-year-old Tyson and 51-year-old Jones and whether they are too old to be getting in the ring: "Let them do what they want to do, you know?’’ Mayweather said. “I can’t tell nobody what to do and what not to do. Because when I do my exhibition, I don’t want nobody telling me what to do and what not to do. And I don’t want anybody telling me, ‘Ah, Floyd needs money,’ I’m OK, I'm great, I’m doing just fine.

“There are so many people that’s in the work world that retire and still do different things and make a couple of dollars just to have fun. Same thing I’m doing. I’m having fun, enjoying life. Why can’t I do some sparring for, you know, some heavy cash?"

Could there be an exhibition for Mayweather in the works?

“Oh, yes, absolutely,’’ he said.

In November 2019, Mayweather announced that he and UFC president Dana White were “working together again to bring the world another spectacular event in 2020.”

The pandemic has likely helped foil those plans. But in August White said he still is working with Mayweather, presumably to get the retired boxer back into the ring or into the Octagon. Mayweather did not dispel those thoughts.

“Me and Dana talk,’’ he said. “I wouldn’t say always, but we’ll text and talk on the phone every once in a while.

“Dana’s a cool guy, he’s a great guy. And he’s doing a helluva job with the UFC and I’m proud of him. And we look forward to working with each other in the future. Are we going to work? Absolutely."

Mayweather has been lured out of retirement once before. In 2017 he fought Conor McGregor, winning by TKO in the 10th round and making an estimated $275 million on the fight.

Asked if he was now content to walk away, Mayweather replied, “I been walked. I’ve been walked away. I just came back for a quick bank robbery, a quick heist.’’

McGregor made an estimated $100 million and Mayweather made a prediction about the possible matchup between McGregor and Manny Pacquiao.

“He’s not going to get the money he got with me if he go with Pacquiaio,’’ Mayweather said. “It’s not going to be as big. You know, it gets no bigger than Floyd Mayweather.’’

Smiling throughout most of the interview, Mayweather looked perplexed when asked if he was happy.

“Why wouldn’t I be happy?’’ he said. “I got all my five senses. God woke me up to see another day. My youngest daughter’s doing great in school. My son is doing his music. My other son is doing apparel. All my investments is doing great. You know, I’ve got fighters fighting on Halloween night. My career went great, and Mayweather Promotions is the best in the business.

“Why wouldn’t I be happy?’’

But in March, he was dealing with loss. Harrs, the mother of three of Mayweather’s children, died of a drug overdose at the age of 40. A week later, Roger Mayweather, Floyd Mayweather’s uncle and former trainer, died at the age of 58. He had been suffering from a variety of health issues.

“I just love her unconditional,’’ Floyd Mayweather said of Josie Harris, who had accused Mayweather of physically abusing her. “I love my uncle Roger unconditional.

“It’s very, very touchy. She’s gone, she’s not here. And that’s the mother of my children and I love my children unconditional. And I loved her unconditional. Whether we on good terms or bad terms, it’s unconditional love and we live, we learn, we keep striving and we try to become better every single day.’’

Unsolicited, he also offered a suggestion to fellow parents.

“Never be a kid’s friend,’’ Mayweather said. “Always be the parent. Now that advice is for everybody that’s listening.’’

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