Sports World News of Wed, 12 Jul 20174
Mayweather to quit boxing for good after McGregor bout
Floyd Mayweather has vowed to quit boxing once and for all after he emerges from retirement for next month's cross-combat showdown with Conor McGregor.
The 40-year-old former welterweight king, who retired with a perfect 49-0 record in 2015, said Tuesday there was no chance of him fighting again after he climbs into the ring with mixed martial arts star McGregor.
The two men are to face each other at Las Vegas's T-Mobile Arena on August 26 in what could become the richest bout in boxing history.
Mayweather, who has already made an estimated $700 million during his two-decade career, is set for another eye-watering payday against brash UFC star McGregor.
Mayweather said he had discussed his plans to quit for good at a meeting with advisor Al Haymon earlier Tuesday.
"I spoke to Al and told him. Today we had a meeting," Mayweather said. "I can't push my body, it's gruelling. Training camp is gruelling. I can't do it anymore. Training camp is rough. It has to be my last one.
"After taking a couple of years off I was okay. But then we ended up somehow making this fight happen. "Now I really know that this is it. Deep in my heart, I know this is it."
"We ain't trippin' on that," he responded.
For boxing purists, Mayweather risks blemishing an otherwise perfect record with a tawdry final episode that has been disparaged as a cynical circus-like stunt.
Mayweather, however, waved away suggestions that if he was to win, and retire with a 50-0 record, there would be an asterisk against his last fight.
"The last time I checked he's still a professional fighter," Mayweather said of his lightly-regarded opponent. "He's a stand-up fighter. He never took a loss fighting straight up. I can't overlook that because one shot can end your whole career. He's a tough competitor but it is what it is."
"That's the referee's job," Mayweather said. "My job is to go out there and be a boxer, be a fighter. I'm pretty sure the referee's going to be fair and fun.
"I'll leave all that up to the referee. My job is to go out there and fight against the guy that's across from me.
"The fans demanded the fight. McGregor wanted this fight, I wanted this fight. August 26, it's going to be blood sweat and tears from the opening bell."