Even the greats can’t go on forever. You hear it all the time in sports. To this point, Floyd Mayweather has shown few signs of slowing down, despite now being 36-years old. He’ll enter Saturday night’s fight against Canelo Alvarez as the favorite once again, but there are some who think Money’s time could be up.
Mayweather’s ulta-impressive undefeated streak has grown to 44-0, and at this point, the streak is almost as big as he is. So it begs the question, if Alvarez is able to pull off the upset – would it spell the end of Money’s legendary career?
I’ve thought for a long time that he if ever lost, he’d be done. Especially when you consider his perceived unwillingness to fight Manny Pacquiao. Many have speculated that Mayweather won’t fight Pacquaio because he sees him as a legitimate threat to end his undefeated streak. You also have those that accuse Money of only agreeing to fights that he knows he can win. I’d be lying if I said I’d never had some of those same thoughts.
But after all these years, Mayweather has earned my respect. I’m not a fan, and never will be, but the guy is amazing. To still be this good at 36 and basically carrying the sport of boxing, is truly remarkable.
Even though I have some suspicions about a possible retirement if he were to lose, I don’t think that will be the case. First and foremost, I don’t think he’ll lose. But on top of that, there’s the fact that Mayweather just signed a six-fight deal with Showtime, and this will only be the second of those fights. He has the nickname Money for a reason and he would clearly lose out on a ton of it, if he decided to hang up his gloves for good.