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Floyd Mayweather Plans To Retire Before His Skills Decline

By Keith Idec

NEW YORK — Floyd Mayweather Jr. was an impressionable, boxing-loving 5-year-old the day Duk Koo Kim suffered a beating against Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini that cost the young South Korean fighter his life in November 1982.

Mayweather never forgot the horror he witnessed during that infamous fight. It is among the reasons Mayweather wants to retire from this brutal business a healthy, wealthy man, long before one of the most effective defensive fighters ever is physically unable to avoid taking punishment in a boxing ring that could ruin his life once he stops fighting for a living.

“I wish Ali could be in a better predicament at this particular point in time, so, of course, I could joke with him and have fun with him,” a reflective Mayweather said during the 11-city, nine-day press tour to promote his Sept. 14 pay-per-view showdown with Saul “Canelo” Alvarez. “And, you know, Sugar Ray Leonard’s got a detached retina. So you just look at a lot of abuse that these fighters have took. And I don’t want to be in that same position, taking that type of punishment. But Sugar Ray Leonard’s still very articulate and he’s a legend. Ali’s a legend, too.”

Boxing’s unbeaten pound-for-pound king later added, “I’ve got to think about my life after boxing. So I think about my four beautiful children.”

The 36-year-old Mayweather (44-0, 26 KOs) has said he’ll likely retire after fulfilling the lucrative six-fight, 30-month contract he signed with Showtime four months ago. If the Grand Rapids, Mich., native adheres to that timetable, he would be 38 when he walks away from this dangerous game.

Though Mayweather has bet seven figures on single sporting events and lives a lavish lifestyle, his handlers also are certain that he won’t have to fight strictly for money once he completes a contract that’ll pay Mayweather a guarantee of $32 million per fight.

“One thing we can say is Floyd Mayweather will retire a very, very wealthy young man, with a lot of money,” said Leonard Ellerbe, one of Mayweather’s advisers. “He will never, ever be in a [bad financial] situation, no matter what happened in the past to other fighters. He will be a great example of a young man who had a phenomenal career, who was the best to ever do it, and retired undefeated, with several hundred millions of dollars in the bank. And healthy.”

Keith Idec covers boxing for The Record and Herald News, of Woodland Park, N.J., and BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by check hook on 06-28-2013

[QUOTE=3Sun2;13509764]translation :: i will leave so i wont have to fight a real threat ![/QUOTE] revisionist history....go suck a d*ck c*nt!!! Canelo is the biggest threat there is for him at 47 or 54 (52).

Comment by hitmanjosh on 06-28-2013

Ali coming out of prison, he never was in prison. Some of you fake fans who have never laced up a pair of gloves in your life always have such negative comments when someone does well and isn't headed to…

Comment by Joey_Torreo on 06-27-2013

[QUOTE=3Sun2;13509764]translation :: i will leave so i wont have to fight a real threat ![/QUOTE] Really, I interpreted it as ima quick before I get caught and kod with a good punch Ill see comin but won't be able to…

Comment by Starz20 on 06-27-2013

[QUOTE=A-Wolf;13510413]Eh. Same story. But we know why Floyd retires.[/QUOTE] The same reason you posted pic's with Floyd without shades on against every opponent accept Canelo! Until somebody posted pictures of the face off in the green room with Canelo without…

Comment by Starz20 on 06-27-2013

[QUOTE=torosboxing75;13511191]I gave him 4 rounds sorry I forgot a lot of you so called boxing fans don't count body shots.[/QUOTE] I asked which rounds did you give him? Only competitive rounds was 1-2 and Floyd clearly won 2 but it…

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