By Edward Chaykovsky
Ronnie Shields, the trainer of IBO/WBA junior middleweight champion Erislandy Lara (among others), expects Floyd Mayweather Jr. to remain retired.
On September 12th, Mayweather fought in what he claims is the final fight of his career. He dominated Andre Berto over twelve rounds at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Mayweather said he would not return, even for a 50th fight to break the record of legendary heavyweight Rocky Marciano.
Some feel Mayweather will return for a single bout and get number 50. Other think he will sit on his money. He made $300 million in the May victory over Manny Pacquiao.
Lara was calling for a fight with Mayweather for the last year. Shields doubts it will ever happened, because he doesn't expect Floyd to enter the ring again.
"The thing about Floyd Mayweather is, he’s fought everybody, all you have to do is look at his record. People look at him and they talk about this and about that, and a lot of it I think is just that people are jealous because of the way Floyd made so much money in his career and it didn’t happen to them," Shields told On The Ropes Boxing Radio.
"I just don’t see him coming back at all because I don’t see who he can fight in a comeback. I just don’t see it and I don’t see them even offering him enough money to make a return. As far as I’m concerned, I think he’s retired for good."