Money Mayweather calls it quits at 49-0, or does he?



FLoyd Mayweather Jr. celebrates victory by uninimous decision against Manny Pacquaio during the WBC Welterweight Championship at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Saturday, May 2, 2015. (Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

RYAN HERRING, Sports Columnist

Let’s be honest, in boxing, it’s all about “The Money,” meaning both the green, and Floyd “Money” Mayweather Jr. Mayweather is considered the greatest pound-for-pound boxer of all time, as well as the best defensive boxer to ever enter the ring. And, if you ask him, he is simply the greatest boxer of all time. Period. After Mayweather’s win over Andre Berto Saturday, he now has the record to back up his claims. He is now 49-0, which ties Rocky Marciano as the best record in boxing. Mayweather announced this would be his last fight, and he has decided to hang up the gloves for good with his unblemished record.

But this isn’t the first time Mayweather has announced his retirement. In 2009 he said the same thing, and now here we are in 2015 with the 38-year-old once again claiming his career is over, as he has done it all and has nothing else to prove. He has had quite the 19-year career, accumulating over $800 million and finding himself at the top of Forbes’ list of “The World’s Highest-Paid Athletes.” Wow, what a career to look back on. But is it really finished?

It’s hard to believe that the competitor in Mayweather won’t have the itch to come back to break the record and make it a pretty 50-0. There are a lot of people out there who are not fans of Mayweather, and there are multiple reasons for that. One, he has a disturbing domestic violence history. Two, he has a very unique style of boxing that doesn’t appeal to everybody. He isn’t exactly the biggest knockout guy (he has 26 KOs in his career) and prides himself on his defense. This can lead to a less intense match as we saw last May in his fight vs. Manny Pacquiao. Third, Mayweather has a distinct attitude that many considered cocky or arrogant. He is very confident in his abilities and proud of what he has accomplished. Trash talk and bling are a big part to his swagger that he carries with him at all times.

Whether you love him or hate him, you have to respect what he has done as a boxer. Entering the ring 49 times and coming out victorious each and every fight is phenomenal. Only time will tell if we’ve really seen the last of him. There is already talk about him scheduling a cupcake fight to get to 50 wins. Pacquiao is begging for a rematch with him after reports of an intravenous vitamin injection Mayweather took before their fight. Even Ronda Rousey (dominant woman UFC fighter) wants a crack at Mayweather after their recent beef through the media.   

Needless to say, the Rousey fight won’t happen. However, even though Mayweather swears it’s all over, you just never know. If there’s money floating around or Mayweather gets an impulsive itch to come back, The Money Team may not be done just yet.